From my daughter: "I'm 10 and I liked the story. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 7 years old. I liked the narrator and that he used different voices for the different characters. But I did have a hard time learning the separate characters and keeping them straight. I really enjoyed the story. I've listened to the whole trilogy. I won't go anywhere without my headphones and player. I'm planning on listening to the trilogy again and then reading the books. It's by far my favorite book(s). "
The book is long but worth listening to. There are so many aspects of the book that it is hard to say what I lvoe the best. This is a classic that can be listened to over and over and loved each time.
I cannot read the book but to listen to Rob read it helps me to hear the characters and story so clearly. He did a great job reading and expressing the emotions and meanings.
50-something, female, work in the city, live in the country in the Midwest, religious, married, conservative, professional.
The voice and style of the narrator perfectly matched the story.
It kept my interest very very well. I sat in my car several times waiting to hear the next few lines...couldn't break myself away.
His accent is perfect, his inflections and charecterizations were spot on--never distracting from the story.
Rob Inglis did an amazing job.
The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece in its own right but Rob Inglis brought it to life.
What more can I say about this story that hasn't been said a thousand times? I mean, other than listening to the audio version of the story made me realize how often I just skip over the various and sundry songs when reading...
His voice is perfect to this series and he sings the music that Tolkien wrote masterfully.
I enjoyed the final part to the story, along with the expanded background information at the end.
Just as excellent as all the other two.
I've just listened to The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, and Rob Inglis' readings make me forget the Peter Jackson movies and remember my own imagined versions from reading Tolkien as a child. He performs the voices marvelously, and his singing is wonderful, rich and mellifluous. For yourself or a Tolkien fan, these are the perfect audiobooks. Buy them immediately! You won't regret it.
Way behind the readings of G.R.R Martin's Fire and Ice series, but so much better than any others
It was the classic struggle of 'the hero'
A stranger saves the day.
Herb Teas Trees and British Comedies
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.