I have always been a fan of Tolkien's works. My father used to read me these stories at bedtime all through my childhood. I am continually re-reading them, and as I have gotten older it has become more difficult to find time to sit and read these wonderful books, so I decided to try the audible version. I listen to them when cleaning, or driving. Rob Inglis does a wonderful job! His voice is lovely to listen to, and he even sings the songs! I can certainly say that I will listen to these over and over again, and I have already recommended them to many friends! I wish he would record the Silmarillion, that would be amazing, as the only one I can find on audible is not available to purchase in the U.S.
Good use of voices to differentiate characters. But some passages are a little drony and tired, could use more drama! Especially the passages where ominous characters are appearing or tense situations are occurring. just sounded rushed through. you know, the English narrators are afraid to express emotion.
Read it before the movies. Watched the movies and loved them. Enjoyed the book more this time as it shed light on questions that I had from the movie.
Fantasy All Day Every Day!
Robert Inglis is one of the best narrators out there. I remember about 5 or 6 years ago I listened to The Hobbit with him narrating and I fell in love with his many character voices and his excitement when he read. I couldn't wait to download and listen to these books once I remembered who narrated them. I am now on The Earthsea Cycle just because of his good narration style. Lord of The Rings the movies are great! Don't get me wrong but I still think the book and him narrating are better!! I feel like he hit the voices perfectly. If you haven't read, watched or listened to Lord of The Rings and you enjoy fantasy you are missing out. You owe it to yourself to read what made fantasy what it is today. You can't go wrong with Robert Inglis either. I wish he did more books to be honest.
The Hobbit & The Wheel of Time series. If you like adventures then this book is for you.
One Ring To Rule Them All! ;)
I love the dramatization and different voices this narrator uses. I had problems reading the Lord of the Rings series myself but since finding this set of audiobooks I have listened to each book at least 2x each.
I finally am able to appreciate Tolkien for the master storyteller that he was thanks to this audiobook.
This helps bring life to the characters and the story, but the improvised melody the narrator uses on most, if not all of the songs in the book are cringe-worthy to say the least, and mostly un-listenable.
Wonderful performance, wonderful book. Actually quite a relief to listen to it, I failed several attempts at reading it because of the slow pacing of the first half. Narrator was great, managed to handle many characters and give them all fairly distinct voices.
Rob Inglis does a masterful job of bringing Tolkien's story to life. The way he changes his voice for the each of the characters (and their are many) is amazing. Some of the tunes for the songs the characters sing could have been better, but that's a small matter. This is THE DEFINITIVE AUDIO PRODUCTION OF THIS STORY.