Newest Review: ... and drawn out, so it's going to take you weeks to listen to the whole thing. The version of this I listened to is read by Rob Inglis. I l... more
A Masterpiece From A New Perspective
Lord of the Rings (Audio CD)
Member Name: CallMeRalph
Lord of the Rings (Audio CD)
Advantages: Wonderful Story, Well Read
Disadvantages: To Many CD's & Expensive
Listening to audio books is not something I tend to make a habit of, I much prefer to sit down and actually read a book. However, I thought this was a chance to enjoy Tolkien's masterpiece from a different perspective, so listen I did. It's of note that this review is actually for the CD's, in total there are a massive 46 CD's in this collection and the price is certainly not cheap, you are looking at paying something like £70 for the entire collection. These days I would of course recommend getting the digital versions of the book, much cheaper and much easier to handle. The reality is though that these three books are very long and drawn out, so it's going to take you weeks to listen to the whole thing.
The version of this I listened to is read by Rob Inglis. I like Rob's voice as it reminds me of an old English gentleman, just right for Tolkien. His voice is easy to understand and his pronunciation of words sounds very accurate. He does not have one of those voices that will send you to sleep, he alters his pitch and pace very well and puts proper emphasis on words that he should. You can tell he is enjoying the story and he is reading it. I have heard other people read Tolkien and there are probably voices that I do slightly prefer, but this one was more than good enough and you soon forget about the reader and just concentrate on the story in question.
So what about that story? Well nowadays with the movies having all comes out it is a very well known story indeed, but if you are unfamiliar with the LOTR here is a brief overview. The story is split into three separate books, first is The Fellowship Of The Ring, then comes The Two Towers and finally we have The Return of The King. The story starts in a small corner of Middle Earth known as the Shire. Here we are introduced to Hobbits and more importantly, Frodo Baggins. Frodo is an unassuming character who lives a quiet life, all that suddenly changes though when he inherits his uncle Bilbo's magic ring.
It turns out that this ring is the most powerful of rings in all of Middle Earth and it has the power to turn all the world to darkness. The Dark Lord himself, Sauron, is searching for this ring and he will stop at nothing to find it. So now Frodo with the help of some new friends must travel across Middle Earth to the slopes of Mount Doom where he can destroy the ring and put an end to the evil of Sauron.
The book moves a long at a swift pace and although it starts out much like a fairytale, it soon becomes a lot more involved and far darker. There are various subplots going on all the time and the story jumps from one to another as we follow different lines of story. Tolkien has an incredible way of knitting all these lines together though and you never feel lost in the story. It sucks you in and gets you involved, you soon find yourself identifying with each of the characters and almost developing a relationship with them.
One of Tolkien's greatest skill is simple yet descriptive language. He has a way of conveying his vision onto paper that few writers have ever been able to match. Along with that his charming use of the English language really is spellbinding and keeps the reader enthralled hour after hour. The way we see the main characters develop throughout the story also impresses and again Tolkien has a knack for this that few others have matched.
When you see the Lord Of The Rings movies you can't help but be impressed by the scale of the whole thing. But in reality the books are actually far more impressive, there are major sections that Peter Jackson left out of the film, for instance the charming character Tom Bombadill who makes an appearance early in The Fellowship Of The Ring. He takes up a good few chapters and although not really integral to the story, he was a surprise omission in the films.
I've read the books a few times, I have seen the movies countless times and now I have listened to the story as well. For me personally nothing matches sitting down and reading the books. The audio CD's are very good and I found that sticking them on in the car sometimes was really good fun and I enjoyed listening along, but somehow I didn't enjoy this as much as reading the words on paper. Rob Inglis certainly does a very good job of the reading but I think if you were considering buying the set for £70 or whatever it is, then I would recommend looking for the digital version or just saving yourself some money and buying the actual books.
Reading The Lord Of The Rings back when I was sixteen really did make a massive impression on me. It really defined my taste in literature and got me involved in the world of fantasy fiction. Since Tolkien really brought the genre to the masses many other writers have tried to match his success. There are some truly great fantasy writers out there, but for me, none of them have ever matched Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord Of The Rings.
Summary: An Epic Fantasy Tale
More reviews in the field of Audio Book
- A Bridge too Far - Cornelius Ryan
- Twilight Zone The Old Man in the Cave
- Twilight Zone The 7th Is Made Up of Phantoms
- That Mitchell and Webb Sound: Series 3
- That Mitchell and Webb Sound: Series 2
- Ed Reardon's Week: Series 3 - Christopher Douglas (Audio CD)
- I, Alex Cross - James Patterson (Audio CD)
- Losing You - Nicci French (Audio CD)
- Teach Yourself Polish (Audio CD)
- Maximum Evanescence (Audio CD)