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The Lord of the Rings Audiobook
The Lord of the Rings
Written by: 
J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: 
Rob Inglis
The Lord of the Rings Audiobook

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Ring Sets Out

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Publisher's Summary

The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring.

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook.

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.

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)

What Members Say

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    Javier Colombia 06-03-16
    Javier Colombia 06-03-16
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    "Great!"

    This was one of my first readings of all times, I never get tired of it.

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    Tarje 04-11-16
    Tarje 04-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful!"

    A perfect reading of Tolkien's masterpiece!
    I would recommend this audiobook for any Tolkien fan! The narration is wonderful and in a very pleasant dialect, the pacing is great and nothing is omitted from the book. As an added bonus, the songs are sung, some with Tolkien's melodies, and some with melodies written for the audiobook.
    The story in itself is wonderful, with fleshed out characters and a world carved out to the slightest detail. I haven't read the book, but considering this is unabridged, I reckon everything is as it should be. The voices for each characters fit nicely with how I would have imagined them.
    All in all, this book is an absolute treasure, and if you prefer audiobooks over printed books, I would definitely recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 04-08-16
    James 04-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "So many songs"

    Excellent book but I forgot how many songs were in it. It seems the JRR was attempting an art within an art.

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    Sturla Norway 03-03-16
    Sturla Norway 03-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    Great narration of a great story. Not much more to say, really. I listen to this every now and then. The films do not do the books (nor audiobooks) justice.

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    Joycinta Narre Warren, Australia 02-22-16
    Joycinta Narre Warren, Australia 02-22-16 Member Since 2013

    I am a writer seeking out the very best love stories to read. Especially if they have lots of surprises.

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    "A lovely telling of this tale"

    I enjoyed the narrator very much. The story itself has very interesting characters and moves along so well you hardly notice your time going by. It's very easy to get lost in this world.

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    Karl 01-25-16
    Karl 01-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "You realize why these books are so long"

    You really do realize why these books are so long, after you hear the insane amount of songs. I do believe Tolkien at times wanted to be an artist, and not a writer because this is insane! The performance is great though, and over all the book is great!

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    Lee-Anne 12-10-15
    Lee-Anne 12-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great!!!"

    So lovely to listen to & so clear & enjoyable.

    Just struggling to get part 2. Frustrated

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    Kasper 06-28-15
    Kasper 06-28-15 Member Since 2015

    25YO psychologist, interested in Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and History.

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    "Very exciting to listen to"

    I really enjoyed listening to this audio. The narrator is talented and interprets the book very well. Tolkien of course is an artist and I can't wait to spend my next credit on the second part.

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    Brian 05-15-15
    Brian 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

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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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  • Brandon
    4/8/15
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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

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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