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.
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"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)
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.
I love this audio book and all the other Lord of the Rings books read by Rob Inglis.
He has a calming and clear voice that really brings the songs of Tolkien to life. I have listened to it over and over again, a fantastic distraction during a boring night shift!
Thank you Mr Inglis!
"Really 2 credits for one book"
No because I can buy the book for one price but have to use 2 credits for this one title
Yes I love this book
"A strange tale, either good or bad"
To say the least, I enjoy parts of this volume - Some elements of world building such as the shire's culture and people was interesting and the initial plot at the beginning of the novel keeps a steady pace but later on it comes to a crawl and by the end, I lost interest in what was going on.The worst parts must have been the songs which were just unappealing but if I was to dare cut anything out of the supposed 'Grand father of fantasy' it would of easily been Tom Bombadil - a character who killed all sense of urgency within the narrative.
I might get around to the second part of this tale, but not anytime soon.
I enjoy them all equally as the narration was all-around excellent and if this was done under the wrong narration voice, I would of been bored into the oblivion.
I have always considered writing a novel myself and by reading this, I've picked up on the mistakes on what to avoid when writing such a tale.
I would say I was disappointed but I do see the appeal, for every piece and chapter I found poor - I found other parts of this fantasy world that took great interest of mine.
"Really does it justice!"
The songs! The songs! 'O, Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadil-o!'
This is a masterful rendition of a true classic. Also, there is a very interesting introduction - if you're into that sort of thing.
"Oh no! NOT another song..."
Yes, it is one of my all-time favourites. I had read the book, the full 3 volumes of the actual book, more than 20 times before leaving home to go to music college: I kept count. I'm 55 now and have read it a few more times in the intervening years. The audio-book version is a real godsend now that my eyes are starting to struggle.
I remember virtually all of it, so I can't answer this question.
In my opinion as a musician... He should NEVER, NEVER have been asked to 'SING'. I found his singing utterly unlistenable, excruciating, even embarrassing and everywhere they occurred completely ruinous of the otherwise excellent reading. If only he had just read the songs as poems, which is what ALL actual readers have to do, all would have been well. Tolkien's lyrics are, in any case, the weakest part of his work. Moreover, music defines and describes an emotional landscape more precisely than words alone, essentially forcing one particular and narrow context. So in this reading, everyone, even the elves, seem to be from Cecil Sharp's and Vaughan Williams' South/West Country. WHAT A DISASTER! All the songs should be re-recorded with him simply reading the poems. If that were done, the reading would be really excellent: and I mean REALLY excellent.
Yes actually, there are several places, particularly near the end that make me cry.
This apples, I am VERY sorry to say, to all three books. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.This review is my opinion, so no 'hate' responses please.
I watched the movies at the cinema when they came out, but never read the book. I wanted to read the book to see the differences and decided that the audible audiobook copy would be a great way to do that. I'm glad that I did. The narrator was good and the story was interesting. It was a good listen and one that I would recommend and wouldn't hesitate to listen to again.
The way Rob Inglis changed the accents for the characters
The action and the pursuit p
Brilliantly written and read
"Again great part of the series"
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.
Very good audiobook, easy to understand and enjoyable to listen to. Recommended for all Tolkien fans.
Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.
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