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on 20 July 2011
LOTR is one of my favourite books and I was really keen to get it on CD so I could listen to it during my daily commute. Rob Inglis has a great voice and invokes atmosphere in many places, particularly the battle scenes and some of the more active passages. However, as a bit of a skim reader, I hadn't realised quite how much detail there is in the book and some of the descriptions can be a bit tedious when read out word for word. I quite often find my mind drifting when there is so much detail.
One of the other reviews said that he wasn't very good at distinguishing voices and I have to agree. Gandalf sounds pretty similar to Aragorn, similar to Denathol and Theoden. Every now and again there is a difference, but they tend all end up sounding the same again, as I think he finds it difficult to maintain a particular voice. Pippin, Merry and Sam are also quite difficult to distinguish, although Frodo is quite clearly Frodo, as is Legolas.
You have to get past the first few chapters before you can really get into the books as he takes a bit of warming up. The first chapters sounds like he's reading a children's book to a six year old.
In the books, I tend to skip over the poetry and singing. If I wanted to read poetry, I'd get a poetry book. However, they are unavoidable on CD and some are truly awful. I appreciate the effort and he has a good singing voice, but no, it would be better without them.
Having said all that, I think this a great way of passing my commute and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the books. All credit to him for reading it. He obviously loves it himself and I think he does a very good job.