I often find myself wondering why I have not reviewed this before having read this book and series several times and listen to it several times over or come to realize that this is as good as a book might be. it entertains the reader it makes you want more even when you know exactly what is going to happen next.
Not sure. I would recommend to test the narrator voice.
Epic fantasy story.
So I'm already a huge fan of Lord of the Rings so this was a 5 star no brainer. But the narrator is really worth noting because he actually sang the songs which made a lot of the book much less long feeling!
I love the book and have read it twice. The narration was the downside.
My favorite character is Sam because of his loyalty and strength to his friends.
Okay so, after listening to the audio sample I knew I was in for disappointment from the narration side. I'm relatively new to Audiobooks but I thought his performance was dull. His voices were consistent throughout the book, which was nice, but they varied little and his singing was forced. He didn't say the lines with emotion or with any context, it was a poor performance in comparison to the others I've listened to: Harry Potter (Jim Dale), The Witcher Series (Peter Kenny).
I'm not worthy to judge this masterpiece.
My first thoughts when I started was: "Damn, I have to listen to this guy for 50 more hours."
I have read the Hobbit and the LOTR Trilogy many times, but until it was brought to life by Rob Inglis I have missed so much. Tolkien was more than an author of a cornerstone fantasy novel, he was a poet and a linguist. There are songs and poems that I honestly glossed over or scanned in previous readings... and the elvish language, I never attempted to pronounce it or spend too much time on it. But, Rob Inglis sings the songs (beautifully) and reads the poems and pronounces the elvish language... it's amazing. If you don't like this narrator you probably shouldn't be bothering with audio books.
While a good story, the fact that it has quite a few songs (which are sung and have historically usage of the lore) and usage of older words that aren't as in normal use makes it sometimes a little hard to follow. Not impossible but harder. Still, even with this, I wouldn't wish them to remove these things, just a note for others to be aware of this to go in a little less "blind".