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 read the LotR series multiple times as a teenager. Frodo, Gandalf and the Fellowship got me thru some rough times. I lived in Middle Earth for a number of years. The Silmarillion was a bible to me. I saw the Hobbit cartoon many times. Many years later I saw the movies, multiple times (which, unlike many movies I've seen after reading the books, were very good). I decided to listen to the Audible recording and I am glad I did. The narrator does an amazing job with dialogue and song. Excellent. The recording is very faithful to the printed version.
I don't know why some people have complained about a very minor blip here and there. Only someone who is very anal would notice something so minute. This is a wonderful series read by a wonderful narrator.
Poe is the father of the modern detective story. Tolkien is the father of modern fantasy. Hemingway, Poe, Vonnegut, Doyle, Tolkien, etc. Tolkien certainly belongs in the literary masters category. He is the mark to which all other writers of high fantasy aspire (and most fall far short) and he did it without writing books containing foul language or sex. Let's see George R. R. (Porn) Martin do that!
I can actually sit with my children, for some good quality family time, and listen to LotR without feeling overwhelming embarrassment at the foul content. And thoroughly enjoy ourselves while having something fun to talk about afterwards.
Well worth a credit.
Book two of the epic fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien leaves the listener chomping at the bit for the last installment. We continue to follow with baited breath to hear of the fates of Frodo and the ring and his companions. The narrator expertly enhances the excitement that is trademark to any Tolkien book. A must read for all lovers of epic fantasy.
When I was young my grandfather used to read me books by his favorite authors when I would stay the night at his house. These were always the highlights of my visits because he, being a good narrator, would change his voice to mimic what he thought the characters would sound like. I tell this story because the collective of Tolkien were among his favorites and the two towers was my favorite. I lost him to cancer 8 years ago and recently found that audio books give some light to old memories spent with him. And this one being my favorite I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of excitement and literature.
He captures the characters so well, he doesn't make the voices too crazy, and I might have cried a little listening to the last chapter of this. Amazing. I especially love that he does the songs. And he sings tunes that are catchy, and I find myself humming them throughout the day. Middle earth exists somewhere I think, and Tolkien wrote down the story of that world.
This tale has lits of action and a growing tension that ramps up amidst tales of valor and honor. It is more than just a tale of fantasy. It is a bold adventure that cannot help but inspire.
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!
The Lord of The Rings has to be one of the best fantasy series ever written. Tolkien's use of prose and attention to detail transport you directly to Middle Earth. The only (minor) drawback to this performance is that occasionally the volume increases or decreases incrementally during different recording sections.