Finally we come to the end and you can tell that both the narrator and the listener have gone through a journey to come out the other side. Listening to this book is a vastly different experience from the first one.
The plot comes to it's pinnacle and the narrator's skill is finally comes into its own. The story kept me engaged and I couldn't wait to hear the end. A lot goes on after the quest comes to a close that fans of the moves are unaware.
Of all the characters that were my favorite I would have to say Sam outshines them all. I get how Frodo is supposed to be the star, but without the heroism and brevity of Sam all would have come to naught. He is humble and unassuming yet takes no lip from others and if the need calls he is more than capable. Other characters are confident and, at times, brash about their abilities but Sam exemplifies the saying "Walk softly and carry a big stick". You'd never guess it from his personality but crossing him may be the most unwise thing one could do.
I really liked the book and how the author allowed the readers to say goodbye to each character in turn which is a real treat compared to the endings from other books I've read. You get to know each person and it seems that not only was the reader saying good bye but the author too, which is why it was handled the way it was and part of what made it great.
The narrator finally comes into his own with this book. The big problem that plagued the series (especially in the first book) were the songs / poems, as the narrator would often sing very quietly which, consequently, caused you to turn the volume up to hear what was being said...until the song ended and your ears were blown out your skull!
Those days are gone with this book and the songs / poems are a real treat. I didn't hear a peep of background noise (another problem in book 1 at a few instances) and the 3+ hours of bonus content at the end really helped to make a listener fell they not only got their money's worth but a real value to boot.
I have read these books many times but, listening to Mr. Inglis really brings them to life in the mind. His smooth, clear speech vanish into the background as the images spring to the imagination. This is a great book read by a great reader. Thank You Mr. Inglis!
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!
Rob Inglis infuses each heart and soul in the story with the full measure of backstory and richness that Tolkien intended. His performance draws you in deeper, each time you listen.
I now own this recording on tape, CD, and digital media. It is like a good friend I can always turn to, and one that I will never be without.
I think the audio version is superior to the print version.
Sam is my favorite charahter because nothing gets in his way to protect and support Frodo
My favorite scene was the entrance to the elf kingdom
See Frodo overcome all odds to defeat the forces of evil
It is a classic adventure tale.
George R. R. Martin's Ice and Fire novels.
He has a good storytelling voice.
What a great, long epic tale.
I like that the Appendices are included.
The return to Hobbiton is very encouraging. It shows the depth of the characters’ changes from the onset of their adventure. If ever you were in doubt that the very small are incapable of being very great. Doubt no more.
Gandalf’s foreshadowing of Gollum’s further role in the fate of the ring.
I have all of his readings of Tolkien. I love the resounding depth of his voice as he gives melody to Tolkien's song.
YES! This and the whole series.
I listen to sections of the story almost every night, as I go to sleep (I love the story and know it by heart). I listen to it and my imagination runs wild as I drift off in familiar comfort.
I agree The Lord Of The Rings is one of the greatest fantasy novels of all time.
Rob Inglis does a great job having different voices for each character. He really helps bring the book to life. Not to mention, the songs in the LOTR series are sung with a melody and he correctly pronounces the Elven language. My favorite character voice is Treebeard! :)
Yes, this book made me laugh and cry.
Pitch perfect narration of a classic story. I've read the books numerous times and of course seen the movies but Rob Inglis brings the story to life.