You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
I remember reading this trilogy as a teenager and I wasn't impressed but given the 3 for 2 deal Audible was offering, I thought maybe as an adult reader I might find more to appreciate. I was wrong.
If you wax romantic about loyal servants calling you master and kissing your hand, or about the travails of semi-dispossessed nobility as they fight the forces of pure evil (pronounced eee-ville), or if you like books where only flawed characters and eeevil characters die, then this book is for you. It's not for me.
The narrator does an admirable job, especially when he sings the dozens and dozens of songs (really too many songs).
I had not read this trilogy since, well a very long time ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them again. This is truly a classic tale and Rob Inglis is perfect! He is exceptionally easy to listen to, and the characters really came to life with his wonderful voices and magnificant reading style! This series is a treasure in every respect, and well worth a credit if this is a genre you enjoy.
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!
I read the entire series in high school and decided to listen to it again on Audible. The story is, of course, a masterpiece and well-worth listening to again. My only complaint is that this is an older recording. The narrator does a good job--no real complaints but this is such an iconic and popular story that I think it deserves being updated to include multiple narrators such as Audible has done with Ender's Game, Dracula, Dune, etc...
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Love it. love all of Tolkien's works. Happy they are available on audio books now.
Loved the book and movie, but this audible version was the most enjoyable! Had read in a small treatise on J.R.R.Tolkien's work that the tale was best experienced as an aural narrative. I have to say that I agree. The narrator has done a superb job telling this tale. I'm sure I will listen to it more than once and very much look forward to the third and final episode of the Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King.
I'm a little biased as these are my favourite books of all time and I've read them many times. Having this great audio version allowed me to experience them in a whole new way. I'd highly recommend the audio books to anyone who's read them on paper.
I'd also like to commend the narrator for putting melody to the poems. Each was unique and it really added character to the performance.