Can I say everything? That the book is a true classic goes without saying, and this superb audio performance brings the story to life.
The climax at the Cracks of Doom. Even though you know the story, the drama of whether Frodo and Sam will succeed in the quest has you on the edge of your seat.
The range of Rob's vocalisation brings something unique to each character.
I wouldn't make a film... Peter Jackson's effort is too good to follow!
Inglis' reading is masterful and inspiring. From the many different vocal characterizations to his moving interpretations of the songs and the poems, and to the pathos and humor he conveys, Robert Inglis gives us a reading that is truly faithful to the spirit of Professor Tolkien's Magnum Opus. This is much more than engaging entertainment to help pass the time, this is a deeply moving and powerful rendition of a work that has shaped the very cultural DNA of our society. All hail Tolkien and Inglis!
I love them all, but the personal transformation of Sam Gamgee inspires me the most. Through all he experienced--the wonder of the Elves, the suffering of a grueling journey, the horror of Mordor and more, he grew as a person--in courage, steadfastness, faithfulness, wisdom, and selfless love. Sam is Everyman, and so is a way for readers (hearers!) to truly enter the Tale and experience its transforming power for themselves.
I've listened to his reading of "The Hobbit" all 'three' books in "The Lord of the Rings, and each is deeply satisfying on every level.
I've listened to the whole story countless times, and have been moved by many moments, but the courage of Eowyn and Merry as they face the horror of the witch-King is an especially powerful scene.
You'll become a better person if you listen to these marvelous narrations. Give Tolkien and Inglis the chance to prove it!
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A highly satisfying conclusion to the epic saga. A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!
A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!
Great book! I look forward to listening to this again!
Rob Inglis is a wonderful narrator! I've enjoyed listening to him speak The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers!
Loving long books.
One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the third of three, you'll want the other two.
defeat of the black riders in the flood
I've read the Ring trilogy several times down through the years and it's an all time favorite. It's finally available as an audiobook and Rob Inglis really makes the journey through Middle Earth come alive. For lovers of the English language this is a tour de force not to be missed.
I never read Lord of the Rings when I was a teenager and kept putting it off. Even after I watched the movies, I had no interest at these books. The movies were okay and I saw no need to read the series. My friends kept telling me that I need to read these books and I would totally be a Hobbit.
So, I finally took their advice and during Christmas season, I started with The Hobbit and before I knew it, I finished The Return of the King. It took me less than a month to finish all four books and I totally agree with my friends that its a classic fantasy.
Reading The Return of the King was okay. My mind kept referring back to the movies. I didn't know after the novel ended, Tolkien wrote a group of essays and segments as a prequel to LOTR. It is included in the audio rite after The Return of the King ends and it is more interesting than the novels because it explains a lot and Hollywood has yet to exploit this story.
A few years ago, I read the complete Harry Potter series and I dread each book more and more because it's childish and it's puberty writing from J. K. Rowling. If Audible ever gets the rights to the Potter series, I would consider buying all 7 books again, so I can voice my opinions by my reviews on how much I dislike Rowling's work.
The difference from Tolkien is, his writing will always hold up to all ages and the books were published over half a century ago.
I can now say that I read LOTR and enjoyed it.
I always enjoy a good long story
Yes. Easy to follow the characters
When and where was this recording made? Very poor quality recording. Lots of distracting background noise. Sounded like an old vinyl record.
J.R.R. Tolkien absolutely -- Rob Inglis definitely no! A fantastic story made frustrating by this performer.
A tie between Gandalf and Aragorn. Both are honorable men who are not afraid of the long heroic quest.
Scott Brick or Rene Auberjinois.
I first read LOTR in 1968 and have worn out three sets of paperbacks and have a well-used set of hardbacks. I also wore out a set of the trilogy on tape by the original radio
Cast, and have watched the movie version many times
Since all those versions were amazing, I expected this Audible version to be, also. Rob Inglis, however, reads these books as though he is unfamiliar with the story. He pronounces many of the names in a different way from any other version and seems to make all the characters sound the same. His performance made listening difficult and if I were not such a total Tolkein fan, I wouldn't have finished listening.