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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 769

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, poor production

  • By Bek on 05-11-2017

An enjoyable adventure

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-2017

Whether you have or have not seen the movie, this book is an epic masterpiece of its genre. Having already listened to Inglis’ reading of The Hobbit, I decided to follow the natural progression - and I was not disappointed.

The book contains more in depth characters and feels better thought out than the film, though you can understand the differences between the screen adaptation and the novel.

I enjoy listening to Inglis’ reading, though I feel he could have portrayed some characters better. Aragorn sounded much like Gandalf in a number of occurrences, and sometimes led to confusion as to who was speaking.

Although I love the poetry of Tolkien, I found myself cringing whenever Inglis went into song. It didn’t matter who was singing, they all sounded awful: a grating, out of time attempt at a tenor that always seemed to be flatter than a tyre after passing over caltrops. The worst was the most beautiful verse in Elvish being reduced to a slow, clunky toneless mess.

However, Inglis makes up for this by his expert reading of the prose and his brilliant portrayal of Samwise Gamgee.

Overall, this audiobook is well worth the listen.

  • The Crystal Shard

  • Legend of Drizzt: Icewind Dale Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Drizzt Do’Urden has settled in the windswept towns of Icewind Dale. There, he encounters a young barbarian named Wulfgar, captured in a raid and made the ward of a grizzled dwarf name Bruenor. With Drizzt’s help, Wulfgar will grow from a feral child to a man with the heart of a dwarf, the instincts of a savage, and the soul of a hero. But it will take even more than that to defeat the demonic power of Crenshininbon, the fabled Crystal Shard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, at times poorly narrated

  • By Jason on 21-09-2017

Good story, at times poorly narrated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-09-2017

Victor Bevine does a good job with the narration until it comes time to give the characters their voices. He makes most of the burly characters sound like dopey luggards.

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  • Abhorsen

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 84

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great great great

  • By Christine Barr on 18-04-2018

Wonderous

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-2017

Picking up where Lirael left off, Abhorsen is a wonderfully drawn conclusion to the trilogy. Tim Curry is at his best, bringing the characters to life, and Garth Nix's tale draws us right in. With heaps of magic, necromancy and ghoulish dead, the protagonists must strive hard to survive this epic tale. I personally had trouble getting through Sabriel. It wasn't a book I could read, but Tim brought it to life, and this book is well worth the hours of listening.

  • Lirael

  • Daughter of the Clayr
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr's glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possibly futures, that is the very birthright of the Clayr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series.

  • By Anonymous User on 14-08-2018

Prepare to go back to the old kingdom!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-05-2017

Tim Curry's performance is unquestionably brilliant in this audiobook. My fiancé has begged me to read this book for a while, and I think the audiobook certainly does the material justice.

Void of lulls or boring bits, the story surged toward a cliffhanger ending that makes me want to download Abhorsen immediately.

I have the smallest qualm with how weak the protagonists are, especially Prince Sammeth and his ceaseless whining. But I love how Lirael comes to find a hidden strength within herself.

I enjoyed this thoroughly and would reccomend it as a must read/listen.

  • Blood Song

  • Book 1 of Raven's Shadow
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

We have fought battles that left more than a hundred corpses on the ground and not a word of it has ever been set down. The Order fights, but often it fights in shadow, without glory or reward. We have no banners. Vaelin Al Sorna is the Sixth Order's newest recruit. Under their brutal training regime, he learns how to forge a blade, survive the wilds and kill a man quickly and quietly - all in the name of protecting the Realm and the Faith. Now his skills will be put to the test.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than GoT

  • By Trish on 16-08-2015

Well woven and not afraid to drip with blood

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-2017

Must admit, the narrator nearly made me stop before it began, the flat tone in which he spoke and lack of voice shifting for characters kept me from immersing myself within the story.

But as the story continued, I found that the dialogue started getting peppered with character as the narrator found and fleshed them out.

The story is well worth waiting for this subtle shift, and doesn't let up thereafter. Well woven with a good plot twist at the end that made me hunger for the next book.

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  • Homeland

  • Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why the whispering

  • By Peter on 15-05-2015

Great listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-2016

I tried reading this book some time ago but life got in the way. It was a great listen to and from work each day. Though sometimes the audio became too quiet, and the Narrator often mispronounced several nouns, I would suggest this audio book for others to read.

I'm onto the next in the series.