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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)

What Members Say

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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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    Pint-sized Bookworm 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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  • Adam
    Sutton Coldfield, WMD, United Kingdom
    4/24/09
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    "Fantastic"

    A great voice to a greater tale. What more can one say!!!!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Aisha
    EDINBURGH, United Kingdom
    12/11/12
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    "Incredible!"

    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!



    Aisha.

    2 of 3 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.

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. York
    Manchester, UK
    1/10/15
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    "Not at all like the films"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The narration is excellent (aside from the songs which can be tremendously awkward to listen to).


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have adjusted the performance of the songs to be read as poems rather than sung. I expect that Tolkein intended these passages to be songs, and when reading the book one can make the decision whether they hear it as a song or a poem in their head. Though on an audiobook there is no such option and I found this to be unappealing and awkward.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favourite?

    All were narrated particularly well, it was therefore impossible to choose a favourite.


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

    Ironically enough a series of films was made from this book, though the book and the films have many differences. Had the films been made precisely as the book had been written, it would have seemed much less dark and rather more like it was directed by the Women's Institute of Sommerset rather than by Peter Jackson.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie Simcox
    1/8/15
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    "Excellent!"

    I don't usually listen to audiobooks, and only downloaded this as part of the free trial. I was delighted with the quality, and Inglis was an excellent reader. 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie
    1/7/15
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    "Wonderful start to a great story"

    My favourite story and love being read to can't wait to listen to the next instalment. Part two here I come...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    1/6/15
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    "Lord or the rings"

    Great narrator! !
    I would definitely recommend to a friend. I will be buying the two towers asap!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    london uk
    1/6/15
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    "fellowship of the ring"

    Tolkien is without doubt the master story teller dragging you into his world and leaving you begging for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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