“..There is an unabridged, single-narrator recording made in the 1990s by Rob Inglis – but it was only available on CDs.
Now, at last, downloads of Inglis’ narrations of that book and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy can be obtained in the U.S.
So far, I’ve only listened to “The Hobbit.”
Originating in a story told to Tolkien’s children it’s nevertheless a book cherished by many adults – and Inglis strikes precisely the right note in his narration.
Those made uneasy by the avuncular tone of Tolkien’s narrative voice may bridle at it – but I find Inglis’ rendition of that tone to be immensely appealing.
It is an old-fashioned audiobook narration – one that feels more read than performed – although the voices of the many characters are all well-developed.
It’s ever so slightly prosy – and the sensation conveyed is exactly like listening to a favorite relative read to a beloved child the same book he (beautifully) read to you when you were a child…”
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