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 loved the narration. For those who've seen the movie first, the actual book (which came first) is more detailed and more exciting. I encourage everyone to purchase this narration The Lord of the Rings
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 is a must listen because of the impact the book made on our mainstream culture. However, it has a real tendency to drag on and on. The narrator is a perfect fit for the book and the series.
...do you really need any other reason? I don't know how many times I've read through it, and I don't intend to stop anytime soon
I would say it's in the top 10 so far.
I guess I would compare it to The Fellowship of the Ring, for obvious reasons.
He does a fantastic job of personifying certain characters. From essential characters such as Frodo to nameless orcs, he really does an exceptional job. Two of my favorite characters that he brings life to would be Sam and Treebeard. Sam was my favorite in Fellowship of the Ring and Inglis did a great job to give his character life and making him a favorite of mine in The Two Towers as well. The same goes for Treebeard, I absolutely loved listening to his character and the way he was brought to life. Credit goes to Tolkien for creating these characters, obviously, but Rob Inglis gives a grade A performance.
It was in a way. I would find myself getting wrapped up in the story and not wanting to wait to continue, but life goes on and sometimes it's best to sit aside and come back to it when you can completely indulge in the story.
The Two Towers is a wonderful addition in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. There's more action in this one and it still progresses the story in great strides. It also introduces a lot of new memorable characters while still giving the characters we know and love a lot of build up and character progression. I loved the story-line with Frodo, Sam, and Gollum. It's always interesting to see how a character will approach a necessary evil and the fact that Sam is there to watch and share his perspective is even better.
Give this trilogy a shot and enjoy the journey!
I've read all the LOTR books numerous times. This is my first time listening to them. Rob Ingliss does a fabulous job . He makes all the lands and folk come alive. I'll listen to these many times in the years to come.