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Sharon

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  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2929)
    Performance
    (2639)
    Story
    (2692)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
    "My favorite story made almost unlistenable i"
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    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    J.R.R. Tolkien absolutely -- Rob Inglis definitely no! A fantastic story made frustrating by this performer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A tie between Gandalf and Aragorn. Both are honorable men who are not afraid of the long heroic quest.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

    Scott Brick or Rene Auberjinois.


    Was The Return of the King worth the listening time?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (4738)
    Performance
    (2488)
    Story
    (2528)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Makes you realize we were ALL honestly Born To Run"
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    Would you listen to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this book again. Everything about it appeals to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is amazingly educational while telling a fascinating story. Also I have done a lot of hiking and backpacking and can easily relate to the characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It is hard to say which scene is my favorite. The story goes from one great tale to another.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure, but there is a lot to be savored and not rushed through.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book and had read it three or four times before buying it on Audible. I have had some other experiences where a favorite book was not a good listen because of the performance. This time I was very glad I decided to listen. The performance was just right so I now have a great way to continue enjoying one if my favorite books.

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