The LotR remains the best fantasy series I've ever read (and I've spent my life reading them). It is deep, well-crafted, and timeless.
That Tolkien allowed Frodo to fail. He came to mouth of Mount Doom and chose not to destroy the ring. Frodo isn't an action hero, he's weak and flawed like me. He doesn't have to kill a million orcs or get the girl to be memorable.
I would not conceive listening to anyone else reading these stories.
When Eowyn and Merry defeat the Witch King. Tolkien gets flack for not having many women in the series, but the ones that are there are some of the strongest characters.
Northern courage- the concept that you fight, no matter the odds. You always fight injustice, and evil even if you know there is no hope. It is the courage of fighting the losing battle because it is the right thing to do that matters. Then eagles will bail you out...
Tolkien created a vast world with rich history. Each character, not just the main ones, are well thought out with their own unique history and personality. You feel like you're only getting a glimpse or slice of a larger picture. The story is complete, but you want to know more about everything else going on in the world.
I absolutely love the voice and cadence of the narration. I have already read the books more than once and have been an avid Tolkien fan basically for as long as I can remember - Inglis excellently captures the depth and rich spirit of these clasics!
Rob Ingliss does justice to this classic work. It's well with listening to the appendix as well where you can find out about some of the events both before and after the times narrated in the books.
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...
The story is unmatched. I have listened to the LOTR at least three times each year and I NEVER grow tired of it. That and the stellar narration makes these aufiobooks my all-time favourites!
The Third and Final novel in the Trio, and it all comes to a head! The preceeding novels, and indeed much of Tolkien's own works, culminate in This Book.
It, litterally, all comes down to this! And the ensuing novel is like watching a huge arrangement of dominoes slowly fall all over middle earth. Even to be seen time and again from different angles, and through different eyes.
If I had a favorite, this would have to be it.
Not only do both, and All the storylines begin to get into the really meaty parts; travel after travel is brought toward its end and things that are 'to be done' become things that are 'now over'...
Aside from the more interesting material events, Tolkien also seems to have better woven this last book, having far more effective and clear connections made between the multiple stories, and managing to repeat events and timelines without seeming to repeat himself. Large sections of story left untold from the film interpretation are covered, and All the loose ends ultimately get tied up.
The book ends, then, and the enormous addative materials begin.
I found the first reading of this sort of in depth material to be a bit daunting and overwhelming, but found it enlightening and revealing on my second read.
Whereas the council held in the first book covers much depth quickly in the first book, the ensuing materials make that short reading seem a brief introduction.
The enormous times and various events and references seem thick on the ground and I cannot help but feel it is this sort of depth that keeps fans comming back and continuing to be interested for years to come.
I found the Dwarf History particularly interesting, as well as the completely seperate love story which also seems to cover more cohesively a running narrative that may have been lost if put substantially into the greater story.
I have heard of his other publications on the subject and may concidder looking into them as well. In the meantime, I enjoy most that the novels do what I most admire in a writer's writing, which is to say, they end in such a way that the reader knows the Rereading of the novel will then be read in a whole new light, as a New Novel all over again!
I certainly think the series is designed to get better and better over time... a tactic I find particularly applaudable in any writing. I knew going into this that it was a much loved and engaging book, and I am left agreeing with that proposition.
Sigh. This reading of the Return of the King is from the 1980's editions which have been altered from the 1960's editions that I'm familiar with. While I'm certain that the changes made to the story were well meant they are noticeable and irritating. I would appreciate it if , in the future, Audible would note the edition of the story that is being presented, especially when there are significant differences between the editions.