I know that Audible has been waiting for this book a long time in the US and it is worth the wait! The narration is excellent - including the singing - and Rob Inglis does a great job differentiating each character without becoming comical.
If you love the series then this is the version to get especially since it syncs with Kindle.
One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the first of three, you'll want the other two.
In several spots you can hear background noises: talking mostly. Like someone is in the next room talking on the phone. Very distracting and pulled me completely out of the story.
I wouldn't go looking for books that he's narrated.
I'm disappointed in Audible for allowing a 2nd rate recording of such a venerable title as LOTR.
I first read the LOTR Trilogy as a young teen, while I was home with a bad cold. My mother was in the middle of The Fellowship and wouldn't give it up (and who could blame her?), so I started with The Two Towers. Talk about confusion!! I highly recommend listening to them in order. The Trilogy is one of the top books on my Desert Island Reading List.
Many years later, I got this version of the audiobook on CD and played it to death. I loved the books and the movies, but hearing the stories really enhances the experience. I always felt these books were written to be read aloud. I have waited YEARS for Audible to add both the unabridged Trilogy and the Hobbit. Thank you Audible.
I'm going to review the reading as opposed to the writing.
I thought the reader did a good job, except for the singing. I appreciated that he sang the songs that Tolkien wrote, but I'm curious where the melodies came from. I wasn't a big fan of them. To be honest, the songs in the hobbit cartoon and the lord of the rings movies was infinitely better. When this reader sang, it just made my eyes roll.
Also, the reader had a hard time creating a different "voice" for each character. The characters seemed very similar. That could also be the fault of Tolkien.
This is by far the most exciting, most literate, most frightening, most elevating, most imaginative, most humane story ever written.If you have only seen the film, well, too bad. All that remains to be said is that Rob Inglis' narration is masterful.If you have only one credit, use it here.
I like this story. There is a reason it's a classic. I can't listen to this without shudders every sentence. The narrator keeps doing those awful inhales right on the microphone.
It's hard to listen to.
Entertaining beautiful story
Stand By Me - This book was about the relationships of the hobbits and those they met along their journey. Their loyalty and love for each other kept them safe in perilous times which they were completely unprepared for in all ways other than spirit.
Rob Inglis narration offers a deeper level to the story with the song, voices, language. One could not keep up with all the characters as well when reading especially Golum. Inglis brings a completely different level of creepy to his character that would not be possible reading the text. The songs would have much less meaning being read than hearing them.I have spoken to many people who have read the trilogy and found it difficult to follow and some gave up before finishing. I highly recommend listening to Inglis' version as I believe his talent sheds a new light on the story. By far exceeds the movies entertainment value.
I really liked this book but I found parts distracting because I hear some background noise and even talking in the background in a few parts. In Chapter 3 about 1/3 of the way through there is someone talking in the background - like on the telephone. I was surprised that no one has edited that out. Maybe they can't or no one knew about it. Don't the editors listen to the whole story before they publish? I am disappointed because when you purchase an audible book you expect superior production.
When you get to Chapter 7 of the second book - the Two Towers - you will hear someone talking and a BLENDER going in the background. What is going on???!! Audible - get a new person in your quality control department!
A book about the smallest people performing great feats against insurmountable odds is timeless
This performance of this book, brought me back to what I loved about it. He really embraces the text and his portrayal of these iconic characters was wonderful