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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1: The Ring Sets Out | [J.R.R. Tolkien]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1: The Ring Sets Out

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

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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    Brian Norway 05-15-15
    Brian Norway 05-15-15
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    "A must read for fantasy fans"

    Epic fantasy
    This is the book so many fantasy authors has taken as the standard

    It's a must read ! Epic story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dmitry 04-03-15
    Dmitry 04-03-15
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D Blakemore 10-02-14
    D Blakemore 10-02-14
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    "Excellent narration"
    Would you listen to The Lord of the Rings again? Why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sivitrii 09-01-14
    Sivitrii 09-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "First stage in an epic journey and story"
    What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings?

    The comprehensive world created by JRR Tolkien


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gandalf's humour, especially in relation to hobbits.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    no 07-08-14
    no 07-08-14

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

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    "The Ring sets out."
    What made the experience of listening to The Lord of the Rings the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 05-21-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 05-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Bombadil"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Von-Mari Cape Town, South Africa 01-30-13
    Von-Mari Cape Town, South Africa 01-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic"
    What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings?

    The story


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

    The Hobbit


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    His voice


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There are movies of these books and it is wonderful to read it and compare it to the movies


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Childers, Australia 05-29-12
    Ellen Childers, Australia 05-29-12
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    "Lord of the rings"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amara Durham, NC, United States 04-02-12
    Amara Durham, NC, United States 04-02-12
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    "Americans: Don't Buy!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil 12-03-05
    Phil 12-03-05
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    "Can't get it here!"

    Evidently can't get it in Colorado, therefore hard to rate!

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
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  • Brandon
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • GreigRattray
    4/2/15
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    "excellent"

    loved the book. just wish the songs were not included I skipped over them when I read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J L M Keys-Massey
    3/27/15
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    "LOTR- Great!"

    I enjoyed the great narration. I'm straight onto the next book now, and looking forward immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slug
    3/16/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Brilliant! I can't wait to start part 2 and then finish the series just got to wait for a new credit haha!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • knitterdori
    2/19/15
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    "Extremely well done"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tempo of the story is faster than I have ever noticed reading the hard copies myself.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was excited to listen to the next section, and listened to whole sections at once.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • m
    2/15/15
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • steven
    2/12/15
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • KathrynS
    Beijing, China
    1/31/15
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    "How can you review this?"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1?

    It was brilliant to rediscover one of my favourite books through audio.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


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

    The songs made me want to use the skip button...


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, Inglis is an interesting narrator, and I enjoyed the overall experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • H W Bruce
    Surrey
    1/24/15
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    "Lord of the rings!"
    Where does The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandalf because he's a wizard and it's Gandalf.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    he sounds like an old school master reading to a class I enjoyed this.


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

    Three hours of sword fighting.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cloud9
    1/21/15
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    "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

    Maria, Devon

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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