Inspired by The Hobbit and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that J.R.R. Tolkien created to provide "the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues". From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature.
The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.
In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien's great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe – hobbits, elves, and wizards – step colorfully into life. Rob Inglis' narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.
©1983 Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R.Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R.Tolkien (P)1990 Recorded Books
I suppose I find the print and audilble versions equally good, just depends on my mood whether to listen or read. Most of the time lately I prefer to kick back and listen, but then I tend to fall asleep and miss parts which I then return to. I'm not in a rush, I keep telling myself, it's the journey that I'm there for not to quickly read the last page.
None at this point.
At first it took a bit of getting used to, probably after being so used to the movie series. Now however I find Inglis's range to be quite good most of the time, and all the time it's adequate. He doesn't do females well for instance. It would have been really nice to have given the job to several voice actors.
No extreme reactions but since I so love the story and characters it's an enjoyable journey I'm making with them, once again.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
There is a film an the film is awesome
Rob does a great job, his singing could use some work but he is not a bad singer. My only problem which is less apparent in the audio books is the book is a little longer as Tolkien loved explaining his world.
I'm a software developer.
Rob Inglis' narrations of Tolkein's work is by far in my opinion the greatest of any book every recorded. He does the voices well, has a great rythm, and a perfect accent. Possibly the only one you'd want reading Tolkein.
By far Gandalf. Then again, I've always been of fan of the old, wise men with beards in any story.
Tolkein practically invented the fantasy genre and while much of this seems cliche now, it was all original when it was written. This is one of my favorite pieces of work of all time.
It's a classic story and engaging enough as it is, but Rob Inglis' narration quite literally makes the book. He uses unique (and consistent) voices for each character and sings all of the songs that the reader might be tempted to skim over.
Aragorn/Strider - he's very noble and kingly in the book.
Gimli. Rob Inglis uses a low, deep tone for Gimli's lines and they are rich and exactly as I imagine a dwarf to be.
HIGHLY recommend this book (and the others in the series). Among the best narrations I've heard.
In the audio version I pay attention to the poetry and songs, and so have found a new delight. I've enjoyed the humor more, and seen the tenderness with better clarity. Other things I might have picked up from the audio version I also learnt in the movies, such as how to differently pronounce Sauron and Saruman. And as in most audio books, sentences here or there that escaped my eye do not escape my ear.
Disney's Sleeping Beauty: lots of swords and thorny undergrowth. I liked that Harry Potter's Neville Longbottom, herbologist-in-training, honors the famousest tobacco.
I've only heard his narration on Tolkein's books. Sometimes Inglis' voice cracks. Sometimes he just sounds too old, yet often he brings a different spin than I had in my head or which we've seen in the movies, made a decade after Inglis's reading. I wonder if some of the actors understood their character better by listening to Inglis. But overall -- and I've listened to this audio on cassette every 3 years or so for the last 15 years -- in its entirety he is about perfect.
The entire cycle is intended to be lived with for several weeks, to dive in and occasionally come up for air.
Rob Inglis narrates all three of the trilogy and his ability to make a myriad of characters come to life is amazing! I now know what orks, ents, and hobbits all sound like and they all sound distinctly different from wizards, elves, and future kings. The characters really come to life. Sam is never confused with Pippen or Merry and your can hear Frodo's exhaustion grow as he continues on his quest. I enjoyed them so much that I'm starting them over again.
I am now a huge fan of simultaneously reading and listening to a book, sometimes one then the other. I find it completely useful to pursue the story even while my eyes are engaged say, on driving, walking the dog or grocery shopping. Robert Inglis is a wonderful narrator, indeed. His voice lends a special gravity that translates well into a 54-hour long listening experience. It really is rather like listening to a radio drama. Special mention should be made of his Gimli and Gollum! Bravo!
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I just finished reading the Hobbit for the first time and to tell you the truth I really don't know what possessed me to move on to this because I really didn't like the Hobbit. This was much improved.
I am a huge fan of G R R Martin and I was looking for an epic fantasy after finished Song of Fire and Ice series. The Hobbit let me down and everyone told me to try Lord of the Rings. I am glad I did.
Great story, great author and great narrator. I finished the series in record time and wish there were more.
As far back as the 60's you seldom saw me without a well dog-eared copy of one of Professor Tolkien's books in my pocket!
I've listened to "the Lord of the Rings (dramatized)" on the radio, tape and Audible - and will, likely do so again. BUT, to follow Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Aragorn, inch by inch, from the settled land of the Shire to Mordor as they face their many perils is truly a treat! Just close your eyes and be right at their shoulder as they overcome daunting odds!
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