I've been searching for the Lord of the Rings read out loud -- unabridged -- for a long time, so was thrilled to find all three books suddenly available on Audible. Being able to slip my iPod out and dive into that glorious world for awhile is nothing short of a gift.
LOTR is too much of a deep classic for this question. All the characters and all their facets are the the threads woven into one rich tapestry.
Don't sing songs! Rob Inglis managed to colour the audio world with decent voices for the different characters. No easy task given the numerous male roles. However, I've started to fast forward everytime he breaks into song -- as it's like chewing tin foil with the ears. This performance also sounds a little dated -- like it's coming from a 50's movie. I hope Jim Dale will one day be enticed to undertake the project.
Everything but the songs -- promise!
This review is about the entire trilogy. I'll start by saying that the Lord of the Rings is my favorite book; so much so that I have to return to Middle Earth every 3-4 years for a visit. I was, therefore, somewhat leery of an audiobook as I have very set notions of who the characters are. Rob Inglis's narration is incredible, his voices for all the characters were easily recognizable. I felt that his singing of the numerous ballads added a new dimension that my previous readings had not. I kept thinking that Peter Jackson must have listened to Inglis's version as so many of the actors he cast for the movie sounded so much like Ingli's characterization. My only complain is that the audio version lasted even less time that my readings as I listened every minute I had a chance.
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The narration was too good. The story is good and enjoyed by me. Thank you audible shipment for this book.
I just finished reading the Hobbit for the first time and to tell you the truth I really don't know what possessed me to move on to this because I really didn't like the Hobbit. This was much improved.
I am a huge fan of G R R Martin and I was looking for an epic fantasy after finished Song of Fire and Ice series. The Hobbit let me down and everyone told me to try Lord of the Rings. I am glad I did.
Great story, great author and great narrator. I finished the series in record time and wish there were more.
As far back as the 60's you seldom saw me without a well dog-eared copy of one of Professor Tolkien's books in my pocket!
I've listened to "the Lord of the Rings (dramatized)" on the radio, tape and Audible - and will, likely do so again. BUT, to follow Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Aragorn, inch by inch, from the settled land of the Shire to Mordor as they face their many perils is truly a treat! Just close your eyes and be right at their shoulder as they overcome daunting odds!
It's hard to believe that anyone can improve upon Tolkien, but the narrator, Rob Inglis, does it. The characters, the setting, the story, are all richer and more enjoyable because of his excellent narration. If you have not already immersed yourself in the worlds of Middle Earth with Tolkien and Inglis, do it today. You're in for an adventure.
This series is just amazing -- and listening to the books read by Rob Inglis is like reading the story for the first time.
I have to admit that the Two Towers isn't the best of the LOTR series. It's more like the first half of the Return of the King, so don't expect a satisfying, self-contained story line. This book is more like the bridge for getting to the conclusion of the story, and so long as you keep this perspective in mind, you'll find that the story works well.
But what really makes the book worthwhile is Rob Inglis's character voices, and particularly the voice of Gollum/Smeagle. The whole point of Gollum is that he's two things at the same time -- both evil and good, dangerous and sympathetic, enemy and friend. Rob Inglis nails this voice exactly, in my opinion, and that alone makes the story and the book work well.
Enjoy the listening, and get ready for the conclusion in the Return of the King!
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
Ok, here we are at Book 2 of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy! New readers beware that the characters from Fellowship of the Ring have split up and moved on to fulfill their own parts of a save Middle Earth campaign that will lead to the great climax of the Return of the King. If you haven't read this book before, beware of the ending and don't tear out your hair. Just remember you don't have to wait until the next book comes out. It is already here! So calm down My Preciousssss and get ready to meet more cool Middle Earth characters that make the journey more interesting. Being a horse-freak and a lover of trees at heart I was especially fond of the Riders of Rohan and the Ents. Faramir is also an unexpected highlight in this book...unless you have read it before like me. This is a good read and is kid friendly for about age 8 and up.
its a great story so I could not wait to listen but when I downloaded it to widows media player it would not work.
This is a great classic trilogy. Few people have never heard of or enjoyed this story in one way or another so I would like to focus on the performance.
I believe this story, with its diverse characters and languages, would be overwhelming to say the least. Rob Inglis not only accepted taking on this challenging journey but did so with much success.