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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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    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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    James 07-08-14
    James 07-08-14
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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
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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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    Mars Durham, NC, United States 04-02-12
    Mars 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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  • Ian
    Cramlington, Northumberland, United Kingdom
    5/9/09
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    "Superb production"

    Reviewing these books (the whole trilogy, not just the first volume), a classic work of the twentieth century, would be an impertinence I think. It's unlikely you'd consider buying the whole set if you don't already know and enjoy the story. If you admire it without reservation you're possibly unusual. In such a sweeping and varied epic there will inevitably be elements you respond to less than others; for me these would include characters such as Tom Bombadil, many of the songs, the master-servant relationship between some of the Hobbits and the rather stilted, pseudo-Biblical prose style of some of the later sections of The Return of the King. Those are purely subjective responses though; others may well enjoy those very aspects.

    What impressed me most, after buying and listening to the complete work (over 52 hours) was the mastery of the reader, Rob Inglis. Other long stories have been ruined for me by a monotonous or weak reading. In a sense, Inglis is in competition with the BBC radio dramatisation (which I thought excellent and still return to)and more recently the three-film version (which I thought equally brilliant). Given that, his rendition is a delight, a tour de force in fact. He never lost my interest, seeming to command a completely convincing and extensive repertoire of character voices which managed to carry the narrative along with complete authority. Brilliant. Thank you, Mr Inglis..! (Out of curiosity I checked listener reviews of this production on Amazon's website and was astonished to find that some thought it dreadful. Interestingly there were no 'in-between' reviews, either 'superb' or 'awful'. I guess you'll just have to buy the first volume to decide what your own response is...)

    44 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    5/24/07
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    "The Fellowship"

    A wonderful atmospheric recording of the first part of The Lord of the Rings. Rob Inglis' narration brings the characters to life. I think Tolkien would be pleased with this version of his book.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Nat
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    2/20/11
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    "Brilliant"

    I am a 14 year old boy who has never really bothered to read Lord of the Rings before now. I have recently got audible and this was the first audiobook that I brought. I was not disappointed. It was very well read and the story was incredibly gripping. I really loved it and I hope that you will consider buying this book.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Donn Edwards
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    12/4/10
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    "Superb Narration"

    I have never understood why the Lord of the Rings is 'difficult to get into' because many friends have complained about trying to wade through the first 100 pages. Rob Inglis does such a superb job reading the entire trilogy that this never becomes an issue. He does a brilliant job at narrating a truly classic tale. Wonderful stuff and well worth all the credits. Get the Hobbit too.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • YorkshireTyke
    York, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Timeless - and stunning."

    As someone else says, it seems an impertinence to review these books - they have to be the most loved novels of the 20thC, across the world.



    I originally bought the trilogy on i-Tunes, not realising they don't have a cloud for audiobooks. So when my computer crashed, I lost the lot, as my back up disks were also damaged in the intervening years, meaning I could only retrieve a section of the book. iTunes refused to restore the books for me - upsetting as it was my largest single investment in any audiobook. Hence joining Audible, and making LOTR my main goal for the first year of membership! I'd have joined Audible to buy these books, alone.



    My autistic teenager has always struggled with reading, so having these on audiobook has been an absolute boon, to him. He listens to them constantly, and has no problem with the complex language, and subtle emotions.



    Rob Inglis's reading is pitch perfect. The producers of the trilogy could not have chosen a better narrator. A faultless rendition of what is, for so many people, a book they return to over and over again, throughout their lives. Having lost them once, ("My precioussss!") I will treasure the Audible LOTR books, and value them as much as my definitive Harper Collins printed version.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Opens a new world for lovers of the films"

    I absolutely loved this audiobook. I've always wanted to get around to reading The Lord of the Rings but I've never been able to set aside the time. I got bored of listening to music in the gym, and podcasts weren't cutting it, so I decided to try an audiobook. The LOTR immediately sprang to mind. I signed up to Audible, downloaded the books to my iphone and I've listened to 30 minutes three times a week during my workout.



    The amount of detail in this book can seem overwhelming at first as Tolkien's style of writing is descriptive and thorough, but if you're a fan of the movies you get to know more about the different races; hobbits, elves, dwarfs; the characters, where they come from, family lineage etc; Middle Earth Mythology and history; and this opens up the story into a tale of epic proportions. It's just massive! If it's a fast paced adventure you're after then this might not suit, however the audiobook version is fantastic if you can listen whilst doing something else, like working out in the gym. If you have the patience you won't be disappointed. Rob Inglis does a great job of narrating the story. He's easy to listen to and pitches the story perfectly. This was my first audiobook experience and it was fantastic.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • M Poole
    The wilds of Yorkshire
    12/23/12
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    "The joy never fades"

    I first read the LOTR when I was 13, and on occasion I wish I had never read it. Not because it's a bad story, but because it's a world of wonder that I wish I could enter anew again. The depth of the tale, the breadth of the world created by Tolkien exists as a beautiful overlay for our own, creating a window into what the past might have been like as well as understanding how the present could be changed by the action of those with courage they were unaware they possessed. On top of that, it's a great story for anyone at any time. I read it regularly, with no expectations of seeing anything new but it's always there, waiting to be discovered. Take the time to listen to a tale of courage, betrayal, evil and triumph. And love.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    8/6/11
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    "A good audiobook by Audible ! Amazing..."

    This book is a timeless classic fairytale, I believe audible struggle to do them justice but this audiobook is excellent. Its a long book but shouldn't have been split in 2. Note, you don't pay for the second half, it downloads along with the first part. As a narrator, the voice of Rob Inglis suits this book perfectly. The chapters are long and there isn't the usual annoying audible features like switching the narrator between chapters or declaring when each chapter is finished (duh!). Somebody shoot that annnoying woman that introduces every book... please... ;- )

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • DJ Morpheus
    1/23/10
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    "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"

    WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.

    If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.

    Absolutely brilliant!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/22/15
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    "A great book well read."

    I have always loved Lord of the Rings, and I try and read it regularly, I've tried the audio books now for first time and they're great. The narrator does a great job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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