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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard | [J.R.R. Tolkien]

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard

Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
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Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs.

Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin; alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Nearly 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collector's editions become prized and valuable items of publishing. Now it is available for the first time on digital download, complete and unabridged.

This is the first book of The Two Towers.

Don't miss the rest of Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

©1954, 1966 The Trustees of the J.R.R. Tolkien 1967 Settlement; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent." (The Observer)
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Sunday Telegraph)

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    Catherine HampshireUnited Kingdom 10-18-05
    Catherine HampshireUnited Kingdom 10-18-05 Member Since 2006
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    "third book of the series"

    Audible have divided LOTR into six separate audiobooks. They aren't really separate books, but sections of the same book, so you need to read them in order, they won't make sense otherwise. This is the third book. (Start with "Fellowship of the Ring book 1")

    Rob Inglis has a very traditional english voice and reads in a very measured way. I am a fan of Tolkien, and enjoy this reading, but if you have only seen the films, you may find it a bit slow.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-09-14
    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-09-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Fool of a Took!"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    Greatest book ever.


    What other book might you compare The Lord of the Rings to and why?

    No other book can compare. George R R Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series comes closest, followed by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The Lord of the Rings stands far above them all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Merry and Pippin escape from the Orcs into Fangorn forest and meet Treebeard. The dialogue that takes place in this chapter is full of humour and is one of most memorable moments. The Hobbits grow taller as a result of drinking the draught given to them and their hair becomes curlier. Treebeard and the ents decide to attack Isengard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 04-25-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    I remember reading this when I was younger I used a year to read the hole thing and I am a better person for it. It is a grate book that all should read.

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  • DJ Morpheus
    1/23/10
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    "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"

    WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.

    If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.

    Absolutely brilliant!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chappers
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/23/13
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    "Great story but flawed narrator"

    Rob Inglis has quite a mellow voice so it's easy enough to listen to, but I didn't find his narration to be top-class. Too often he puts an incongruous emphasis on characters' words or feelings which kept pulling me up short. It's as though he sometimes forgot the context and just read the words any-old-how. I've listened to the complete set of LoTR and Hobbit audiobooks narrated by him, and it's the same in all of them. Quite an irritating flaw, and one which marks them down from a full 5-star listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    6/10/13
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    "This is audible"

    No Chapters. No info - not even the narrator's name. Dreadful artwork. Will cancel free trial as soon as possible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Loved this book"

    Couldn't find the time to read the series & I decided to listen while running. Initially it feels slightly dated however I found myself griped after a while & found myself running more just to hear the stories through. Even the singing parts were ok albeit didn't add much to the story. I'd say if you like fantasy at all you have to read tolkeins work, or like me listen if you don't have the time.

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  • Jakob
    Mount Barker, Australia
    4/13/13
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    "Timeless classic"

    Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seaspirit
    stowmarket, suffolk, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "rob inglis reads this with great skill"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

    yes, the book is soo heavy to carry around


    What other book might you compare The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1 to, and why?

    lords of the rings stands alone from my point of view


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob has a good understanding of the story and reads with great skill


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    romantic adventure


    Any additional comments?

    so much better then the film

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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