Ok fistly I'd like to say that the book is really enjoyable and the narrator is very good and I even enjoyed the singing parts. But I have to say that..Show More » it is a cheek of audible to split this book into two seperate purchases as has been done with the lord of the rings. The physical books are not split as neither should these. It is a poor attempt at getting more money out of their customers. I have has the lord of the rings on my wish list for a long time but am annoyed I have to use two of my credits for one book!!! Audible sort it out!
Reviewing these books (the whole trilogy, not just the first volume), a classic work of the twentieth century, would be an impertinence I think. It's ..Show More »unlikely you'd consider buying the whole set if you don't already know and enjoy the story. If you admire it without reservation you're possibly unusual. In such a sweeping and varied epic there will inevitably be elements you respond to less than others; for me these would include characters such as Tom Bombadil, many of the songs, the master-servant relationship between some of the Hobbits and the rather stilted, pseudo-Biblical prose style of some of the later sections of The Return of the King. Those are purely subjective responses though; others may well enjoy those very aspects.
What impressed me most, after buying and listening to the complete work (over 52 hours) was the mastery of the reader, Rob Inglis. Other long stories have been ruined for me by a monotonous or weak reading. In a sense, Inglis is in competition with the BBC radio dramatisation (which I thought excellent and still return to)and more recently the three-film version (which I thought equally brilliant). Given that, his rendition is a delight, a tour de force in fact. He never lost my interest, seeming to command a completely convincing and extensive repertoire of character voices which managed to carry the narrative along with complete authority. Brilliant. Thank you, Mr Inglis..! (Out of curiosity I checked listener reviews of this production on Amazon's website and was astonished to find that some thought it dreadful. Interestingly there were no 'in-between' reviews, either 'superb' or 'awful'. I guess you'll just have to buy the first volume to decide what your own response is...)