In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
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 Fellowship of the Ring.
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
"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)
A great story narrated by a very good narrator. Having listened to that, I could hardly be impressed more... For what it's worth, I can't say that the movie itself was ever able to do anything like that to me.
I have loved The Lord of the Rings since I first read it in the 70s and have read it many times since. This narration by Rob Inglis really brings it to life and I have noticed things in the description of the story that I haven't noticed before in my own readings.
The comprehensive world created by JRR Tolkien
Gandalf's humour, especially in relation to hobbits.
The songs, they left me completely cold when I first (and second, and third) read this. He gave life to the songs and the snippets of other languages, really bringing the world into focus.
I couldn't help but smile at much of Sam's character, what he says, how he thinks, what he does. I was also surprised at several points, not having read the book for so long that things like the hobbit's knowledge of the ring took me by surprise.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
The most enjoyable part of listening to this book is Rob Ingliss' excellent narration and character performances. He should not have sung the songs though.
When the Hobbits meet Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. This is a wonderfully moment filled with J.R.R. Tolkien 's humour and Bombadil' s merry laughter.
Just this, The Lord of the Rings is just one of the greatest stories ever told. Rob Ingliss' performance was excellent although it may not do Tolkien 's masterpiece justice. Then again who could have? Still an enjoyable listen.
My loset character that is sorrily missed and I am aware that he is not that importent, but he was so different then all the other characters. I love the book and the reader is pleasant to listen to he sings the songs and he is steady in his Quenia.
There are movies of these books and it is wonderful to read it and compare it to the movies
I think the Audio is just as good.
My eye sight has detiorated and have found audio books are good
for that reason.
I still love to read.
I mlike the hobbits,
Being Little folk who are peaceful
makes the intrest in the story
also I like Aragon he is good as a king humble yet
commanding when needed
You can't download the rest of the books if you live in the U.S., beware. All Americans who have downloaded this are stuck with only half a book.
"Great Story, great reader."
The story is absolutely superb if not very lengthy, which is great for a Lotr fan like me. The reading is superb and the reader is clearly engaged with the story and characters.
loved the book. just wish the songs were not included I skipped over them when I read the book.
I enjoyed the great narration. I'm straight onto the next book now, and looking forward immensely.
Brilliant! I can't wait to start part 2 and then finish the series just got to wait for a new credit haha!
"Extremely well done"
Absolutely. Not only is this a classic story which I think everyone should read at one point, it's well read and listening to it lends an action to it that reading the books does not seem to.
The tempo of the story is faster than I have ever noticed reading the hard copies myself.
He has obviously put a lot of work into this. He knows the correct pronunciations of the words, and even sings all the many songs in the story. In a world where extremely detailed movies of the wholes series has been made, comparisons of them to the books can not help but be made. I find the pronunciations to be extremely similar, and this would give those who are not familiar with the books a feeling of familiarity should they listen to this recording.
I was excited to listen to the next section, and listened to whole sections at once.
"Superb narration and very relaxing"
As I travel back and forward to work a 35 minute journey each way I found it to be very relaxing and passed the time in a very enjoyable way and made coming home from a stressful day a pleasure to look forward to and shortened the journey . I really enjoyed it
"a must for fans of original book"
outstanding excellent will listen again and again. I just want part two. week till end of the month
"How can you review this?"
Amazing, a beginning, a saga that has been with me since I was 7 and will stay fresh for me for a long time to come.
It was brilliant to rediscover one of my favourite books through audio.
The performance of the songs is a little cringeworthy in my opinion, but there is always the skip button. He did use a number of different voices to distinguish between the characters but they weren't always consistent.
The songs made me want to use the skip button...
I love this book, Inglis is an interesting narrator, and I enjoyed the overall experience.
"Lord of the rings!"
It's an old recording by the sound of it but it doesn't matter however it could put some people off. I can't see why it's been done on two in parts that put me off but come on its lord of the rings so I had to get it.
Gandalf because he's a wizard and it's Gandalf.
he sounds like an old school master reading to a class I enjoyed this.
Three hours of sword fighting.
One thing I will say is this if you like to lesson to audible in bed.....don't fall asleep it can take forever getting back to the point you remember before dropping off if you haven't bookmarked it.
"Great Story but Irritating Delivery"
Sadly, whilst the story is one of my all time favourites, I was not able to enjoy it due to the irritating delivery.
My apologies to Rob Inglis who has a wonderful narrative voice. However, when it came to dialogue exchange his interpretation of accents spoilt the whole delivery. In this first book it appeared that Mr Inglis couldn't decide whether some characters were from Wales or the West Country! Either way the variety of high pitch narrative to distinguish between characters was really irritating. I appreciate it is difficult with so many characters in a storyline, but I found it all very disappointing and not enjoyable. Particularly in the last 2 hours of the book, when in the background I could hear, what sounded like female voices, chatting and cluncking around whilst the book was being narrated.
A valiant attempt from Mr Inglis, but I'm afraid I won't be downloading any more of these books
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