Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin; alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
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"An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent." (The Observer)
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Sunday Telegraph)
I appreciate the convenience of audiobooks and the many advantages (mostly that you can continue reading while doing other activities) and in the case of Lord of the Rings in particular having a suitable narrator such as Rob Inglis brings things like the songs alive, but in the end nothing beats a real book.
Faramir living up to his name and history by being one of the only beings in all Middle Earth able to resist the call of the Ring. Other than that this feels like a space saver between the real action in the book. Frodo and Sam seems to be pulled, pushed, led and tricked one way and another without ever making any progress, and Aragorn's group seem the same.
He really brings the songs alive, and the portions spoken in Elvish or Entish etc. His voice and accent are absolutely suited to the style of writing so it draws you in quickly even if you're not familiar with Middle Earth.
... stick with us, the next one will be better, honest.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
The banterinig between Sam and Gollum when Sam is cooking the rabbits is hilarious and Rob Ingliss as Gollum was brilliant.
Rob Ingliss' best performance yet.
This hall part is mostly about Sam and Frodo road toward Mordor from when the fellowship fails till they get to Gondore. The perils that is met whit Hobbit currige and Sam's constant drive.
I hope future generations get to read ore hear the story.
"One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"
WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.
If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.
I approached Book IV with solemn feelings, mostly of dread and respect. I've always felt that Frodo and Sam's journey has been the most difficult part of the story to get through, and remember abandoning reading at this stage on first reading. One might say there's a strong sense of identification between the reader and the characters, then, which is most certainly true, since Frodo and Sam's plights are nothing short of endless-seeming and devastating. But no matter how much you might like that argument, it doesn't cheer me up, since Frodo and Sam had to go through their journey only once.
I had my Christmas holiday right after Gandalf's journeymen had been reunited with the hobbits, and only returned to the story when my daily drives continued after the Epiphany. The break did me good, I think, since while I've been amazed by how quickly the story has been moving forward — time really has been flying — I think I needed some recharging before entering this book.
I'd say that my paramount fears of the slogging journey were greatly exaggerated, although I still must admit that this is the least favourite part of the whole work for me, and I was at times reminded of Martin's decision to do something very similar with "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons". On one hand Tolkien's exploration of their friendship is deep, and one really cares about their predicament, and the role of Sméagol/Gollum in the story is used to great effect by Tolkien, who is able underline the terrible, enslaving power of the ring and bring Frodo to see in Gollum his own self if he succumbs to the ring's power. He has to go on, and the beautiful fantasy of Sam's, as he imitates a father telling Frodo's tale to children, plays up the hopeless necessity of their mission.
Yet there are times when the story seems to have played itself into a corner, and this is, I think, also Martin's problem with "A Song of Ice and Fire" as I perceive it — to use a famous expression, the pieces are moving, but that's part of the problem, since they have to be moved, and to do that at least moderately plausibly, it takes many pages to show how they are moved from one place to another. That is the great challenge of any travelogue, and this is the place where I feel it shows the most, since Frodo and Sam seem to go nowhere particular. Not that the Faramir chapters aren't brilliant, and not that Shelob's Lair wouldn't justify a book that had a thousand blank pages and it as its climax.
The Dead Marshes are amazing, though. I was greatly disappointed in the film's treatment of them, which in my mind didn't approach the spookiness and dread I found on the page. It's still a highlight of Book IV for me. It's short, but it plays just so well on schemas already in our heads we've built on legends (will-o'-the-wisps) and folkloristic imaginary phantasmagorias that Tolkien doesn't have to write much to scare this particular reader/listener greatly.
Faramir has always been among my favorite characters. I think Jackson wanted to underline the terrible power on the ring on all men when he made Faramir more set on taking the hobbits to Minas Tirith. This, however, doesn't add complexity to the character, since I think it's exactly Faramir's noble character and his ability to resist that both underscores Boromir's tragic fall as well as the "neglected son" aspect of Faramir's fate: that he most likely *would* have been worthy as a member of the fellowship, and that the utter disregard Denethor feels toward him is unjustified. This doesn't shine through in the films, or rather, when it does, it does so with much greater effort and one wonders whether it's was worth all the trouble to go to such lengths, since the book achieves the same thing with such grace.
And while I continue to be critical of Book IV and might never get over myself and my prejudices, Tolkien's decision to split the narrative does pay off handsomely in Book V: not only does Book IV end in an utterly unbelievable cliffhanger, Tolkien is able to use this to deadly effect later when Aragorn and his troops face the Mouth of Sauron, since we're still left unsure of Frodo's fate.
I have been trying to praise Inglis as much as I could in earlier reviews. To be short and sweet, listening to him one tends to forget one's listening to just one man.
"Good but splitting into two parts is a joke."
very good story but definitely not worth splitting into two parts. Just another way to get money out of the Audible customers.
"Another great book in the series"
Couldn't find the time to read the series & I decided to listen while running. Initially it feels slightly dated however I found myself griped after a while & found myself running more just to hear the stories through. Even the singing parts were ok albeit didn't add much to the story. I'd say if you like fantasy at all you have to read tolkeins work, or like me listen if you don't have the time.
"Haunting and Beautiful"
Haunting, beautiful, magical -a grand book that is unafraid of grand themes. This is the point in the trilogy where things get even darker, and the Fellowship diverges. It seems an impertinence to "review" this at all, and it is hard to find words that will say to someone "You must pick this book up!" and yet, that is the bottom line, here - this is one of those few books that you want everyone to read - a truly seminal piece of writing.
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