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!
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.
Yes, I would listen to it again because the story is exactly what I look for in an epic fantasy adventure novel.
The plot and characters were well thought out and the book clipped along at the perfect pace.
Yes, you can tell the difference between the characters which made it a good listen.
I liked the book and have been waiting for LOTR to hit audible for years now!
The narrator does a lot better in this one vs the first. In the first one all the songs / poems were not performed all that well and since there are not that many in the second book that problem is mostly solved.
50-something, female, work in the city, live in the country in the Midwest, religious, married, conservative, professional.
the story, the voice and style of the narrator
the relationships that developed between the charecters. I can see people I know, and myself in each of them.
I loved his English accent, like having my English grandfather read to me.
In my book, there are only two Lord of the Rings audio recordings - the BBC radio program and the Recorded Books recordings with Rob Inglis. Inglis does a fantastic job in voicing the broad variety of characters in Tolkein's book (particularly setting the standard for Gandalf, Sam, and Gollum), and his pacing and delivery bring them to life.
The one caveat I have for every book in this series is that they are complete. That means every bit of poetry (sometimes pages long) and every song. Inglis is not a singer, though he makes a heroic attempt at it, and there is no musical score for the book, save a few tunes that Inglis uses repeatedly for a number of different songs. This is by no means enough to put anyone off the book, but it's sometimes teeth-grittingly long and odd.
If you have read the previous book, you will find this one at least as engaging, and an easy purchase. Tolkein is not for everyone, but I have found few who can't love it. Get this one and the Return of the King after you finish it!
Rob Inglis really does justice to, in my opinion, the best books ever written! Fantastic story-lines, fantastic narrative, you really can't go wrong with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Hobbit. Buy it!
How can I rate part 2 of this trilogy any less or greater than the others. Fantastic story and read well.
The hobbits escape and meeting TreeBeard
I love how he voices Samwise.
The songs are the only part I prefer to skip. Just not my thing.
The choice of Rob Inglis to narrate the book was perfect. He sings the songs well, and it is easy to follow as characters change, and as the plot twists and turns.
The story is a timeless tale that I enjoyed reading when I was younger, but never finished. I really enjoyed listening to the exciting parts without all the graphic violence, many of todays writings have. It kept my interest throughout the entire book.
Sam - He went from a servant, almost a simpleton to a hero in the story. The way Rob portrayed this character was spot on. The development was perfect.
I highly recommend the entire series. I will probably listen to it again in a year or so.