60 years a book lover, gardening, traveling, crafting, scrapbooking
I love Tolkien's work, therefore I love this recorded version. I would like a less gruff voice to read it but other than that...
I would totally read it again, The Fellowship of the Ring is a very good start to an amazing series. It isn't as dark as the two following books and it gives you a look into the lives of the people of Middle Earth.
I have heard Rob Inglis narrate The Two Tower and The Return of the King and he does a fantastic job in all three. You couldn't ask for a better person to narrate it.
It's great either way. I've read it twice in print, and 4 times in audio, but that's mostly because of the fact that it takes longer to read it.
I think when people forget the intricacies of our time and find our literature dated and irrelevant, Tolkien will be remembered in the history of literature alongside Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare, and Homer. The Lord of the Rings is captivating, timeless, and worth many re-readings.
I've never listened to him before, and I'd consider finding other books just because they're narrated by him. He's got a tone, accent, musicality, and devotion to character that are rather remarkable, I haven't heard any better narrators yet (Tim Curry comes close though).
19+ hours in one sitting? That seems unnecessary. I just want to savor every minute of it and take my time.
What can you say to someone who has never read Tolkien? It's like someone who has not read the Bible, who doesn't realize how much of their literary world is based on that collection of stories. This work, mocked in his time as writing only fit for children, has become a formative part of our culture that endures 3/4 of a century later.
The story is a thrilling adventure, and a touching tale of friendship as the strongest force when facing impossible odds. It occurs in such a vibrant setting that at times you forget Tolkien is describing a purely imagined land. From the perspective of a hobbit, the tale is slow to burden the reader with its full weight - dark moments such as pursuit by wraiths grip the reader, but shortly thereafter the silly and whimsical Tom Bombadil and Fatty Lumpkin lighten the heart. In Middle Earth, no adventure is without peril or laughter. Rob Inglis has the perfect voice for the task of evoking both.
Beneath and surrounding that story, Tolkien singlehandedly created a pantheon of characters, which draws, like all literature must, on what came before - bringing back the prestige and wonder of faerie (and rejecting the silly 19th century elven myths of tiny people who make shoes in the night); adapting the old European goblins, dwarves, trolls, wraiths and wizards, and even reinventing "halflings" to fit in a quasi-magical context. The near absense of explicit magic only adds to the wonder of the world he created, opening our eyes to the subtle magic in the real world of things worth wondering at.
The narration was superb and will make you wonder if he has multiple personalities. He has a decent singing voice which I never expected from an audio book. Tolkien is a master of words and can arrange them like an MMA fight crossed with a sonnet. Bravo sir if only you were still alive.
Rob Inglis really did do a great job. I've read the trilogy before and I've heard other narrations but this is by far the most entertaining way to listen to Tolkien's trilogy.
Peter E. Boroch
I definitely prefer the audio version to the print. The narrator is amazing and the songs were much easier to understand with someone actually singing them.
The backstory and additional information about everyone. The movie leaves out so much.
I listened to Rob Inglis's performance in the Two Towers. This performance is just as good, a fantastic narrator.
No real extreme reactions. I was just very surprised how much the movie left out. However I was glad ole' Tom Bombardil was left out of the movie. I did not care him too much in the beginning of the story.
If you loved the movie, you'll love the audio book. Terrific buy!
While not a "dramatization", the book is read with distinction b/w characters and a reflection of their moods at the time. I see why this is the most-loved audio version.