The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers Audiobook Review

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The Two Towers

Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien

Narrated by: Rob Inglis

Length: 16 hours and 40 minutes

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date: 10-09-12

Publisher: Recorded Books

I absolutely love fantasy novels, which involve creatures from another world, glorious battles and plenty of medieval drama. There are plenty of novels, which attempt to follow this route, but not all of them are flawless. J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series is undeniably one of the most successful and popular fantasy tales of all times. The Two Towers is the midpoint in the story and the second book in the series, which extends over three books. Tolkien is an absolute master, when it comes to fantasy and this is more than evident, with The Two Towers. The novel is fantastical, very dramatic and uplifting in all of the right places.

Now, it is possible to enjoy the book in a whole new way. The Two Towers was released as an audiobook in 2012 and the endeavor is well worth reliving. It is narrated by the esteem Rob Inglis, who also narrated the other books, within the series. So, how does it bode in the end? You’ll find out precisely, by reading he comprehensive audiobook review below!

The Narration

When exploring the world of audiobooks, you will quickly discover that an audiobook will not be a worthwhile experience, if the narrator is off. Even the quality of the world’s best books can be diminished substantially, if the narration falters. Many people have heard of Rob Inglis, but he is somewhat of an unknown in the audiobook realm. This is the case, because he is not as prolific as many of the others. However, Rob has dedicated himself solely to Tolkien novels and has worked on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit audiobooks. This is a wise choice, since he has a lengthy history with both.

Now, Inglis might not have the experience that others do, when it comes to audiobooks, but this is never evident. In fact, you can hardly tell that Inglis has little experience in the field, as he spouts out the words of the novel like an immaculately training professional. Of course, experience isn’t what makes the narration so good. Instead, it is the amount of passion Inglis puts into the work. It is easily obvious that Rob loves both book series and he has put his heart and soul into make the audiobooks a smashing success.

In this regard, Rob Inglis is absolutely fantastic. He truly hits all of the right notes and knows precisely when to elevate his voice and bring a specific line or word to the listener’s attention. And the character performances are truly spectacular. Rob has undoubtedly familiarized himself with these characters over the years and he effortlessly switches from one to another, while making it easily determinable which character is speaking. Not only does this help to make the story flow at a much more enjoyable pace, but also it gives the listener the ability to better connect with each character and develop a bond for all of them.

The actors and actresses within the films were definitely brilliant, but Rob and the audiobooks deliver an experience that is leaps and bounds better than the films. The Two Towers is definitely one of Rob’s best performances to date and may be one of the best narration performances of all time in any audiobook.

Story

The Two Towers is the second book of The Lord of the Rings 6 volume saga. The story follows a breakup of the Fellowship, where Sam and Frodo are forced to travel toward Mount Doom alone. In this edition, J.R.R. Tolkien takes the reader on a journey through a mysterious land that requires a lot of courage and determination to endure. In this classic, you will meet various characters, some that you will adore and others that you loathe. No one could tell this wonderful story like J.R.R. Tokien.

If you ever find yourself longing for an adventure of a lifetime, you should pick up this book or audio version. Tolkien creates each character and incorporates them into the story, in a way that allows the reader to get to know them on a personal level. Rob Inglis does a fabulous job with the character’s voices that make the audiobook enjoyable for everyone. This is not an easy task, even for someone like Rob, but he pulled it off flawlessly.

In the end, Tolkien has proven to the world that he is a master storyteller with a huge imagination. In the end, the Fellowship was able to come together and find the courage to endure the adventure, but not without experiencing tragedies along the way. Gandalf, Pippin, and Aragorn turn out to be heroic leaders that exhibit true courage to endure the battle of a lifetime.

If you are an avid fan of brave fighters, epic battles and era stories, you should definitely consider The Two Towers audiobook. It is astonishingly captivating and a must read. Whether reading the book, watching the films or listening to the audiobook, you can rest assured knowing that The Two Towers will be a tremendously enjoyable experience.

Overall

Over the years, The Lord of the Rings series has definitely gained a tremendous amount of fame, popularity and success. It is still one of the most popular fantasy tales of all times and will likely maintain that stature for many years to come. The characters are easy to sympathize with and the action is truly gripping. Once you’ve started the first book, you’ll become hooked and will be incredibly eager to figure out precisely what is going to out in the end. By the time you’re halfway through the first, you’ll be ready for The Two Towers and will desire to devour it immediately.

Whether you’ve already read the books or have watched the movies matters very little. The audiobooks are truly special and another unique way to enjoy the entire tale. They’re immaculately paced, well written and Rob Inglis’ vocal performance enhances them substantially. With this in mind, if you want to experience The Two Towers, you should definitely consider slapping on your headphones and switching on the audiobook!

The Two Towers Audiobook Review
Date Published: 03/24/2016
5 / 5 stars

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