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.
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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)
"Not at all like the films"
The narration is excellent (aside from the songs which can be tremendously awkward to listen to).
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.
All were narrated particularly well, it was therefore impossible to choose a favourite.
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.
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!
"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...
"Lord or the rings"
Great narrator! !
I would definitely recommend to a friend. I will be buying the two towers asap!!!
"fellowship of the ring"
Tolkien is without doubt the master story teller dragging you into his world and leaving you begging for more.
Great book loved it, the narrator was very engaging, however, I was disgusted to find the book had been split in two by Audible. It wasn't clear to me it was in two parts. I won't be buying the rest of them, I will find another way of getting an audio version of this book, as I won't be drawn into this scam.
I like all these. Well read. Good sound quality. Seem to have to fill this space with something so here we go!
I read "The Lord of the Rings" for the first time in 1999 or 2000, when I was twelve or thirteen, and revisited it a few years later when the films were huge hits and everybody was reading the books anyway. It's over ten years ago. I read "The Hobbit" too during that period, in fact it was one midsummer night, and if you know anything about midsummer in Finland, you'll know the nights are bright. I started reading in the evening, lying in bed, and couldn't stop. I had no clock, and looking out I had no idea what time it was. Then I realized I had read the whole thing, and found out it was about five o'clock in the morning. One of the most enjoyable reads I've had, easy to say.
I revisited "The Hobbit" two years ago, around the time the first film came out, and was pleasantly surprised by its strength as an individual work, a quality dimmed by the passing years. It's high time, then, to revisit the longer unexpected journey, which in my mind is now so soaked in the narrative solutions of the film versions that it'll be interesting to see the story through.
So instead of three, we get to use six credits if we want the whole thing. Never mind you can get all fifty hours of "Against the Day" for one credit, or sixty hours of "War and Peace" for two. I think "The Hobbit" is a better deal still, though, so I would go for it if I were you. Two credits for 11 hours are credits well spent.
But of course I used the six credits for this. Of course! The good thing about the three books having been split into six parts is that I'll get the chance to really go over the top and take my time with the books, and harass you with endless, speculative rumblings muttered in the corner of The Prancing Pony that nobody pays any attention to. That's the proper thing to do, I think, since the books themselves take their time in not only getting things going keeping them so. In fact, if one is accustomed to the fast-paced film versions (this is argued for and against, but I think they really are fast-paced), one might be shocked at how leisurely Tolkien makes his journey. On one hand one is truly immersed in the world he has created, and since part of the fun and I think the writer's point is to march us through this marvelous creation, this works wonderfully. The Shire becomes a real place that we can care for, since we spend so much time there, since Tolkien also dwells in the matters of the hobbits in his introductions. On the other, there are moments where it seems the narrative merely plods along. I am seriously wondering about Tom Bombadil, for example. I'm not too fond of the Old Forest episode with Bombadil, and especially since he's completely beyond the effect of the ring, he becomes redundant rather quickly, even to the extent that he's explicitly written off from the story in "The Council of Elrond" as exactly that, superfluous . I understand the need for exciting adventure, but for me he's more of a red herring, although I remember liking him a lot when I first read the book, and having been shocked to learn he would be cut from the film version.
Bombadil's presence in the story is needed from the travelogue perspective, though. When they hit the road, there's an awful lot of traveling from one place to another, since Tolkien has to have the pieces moving, and I understand that the adventure in the Old Forest gives a nicer rhythm to the story that finds its culmination with their arrival at Rivendell; Bombadil, Bree and Weathertop serve as useful watersheds, since sandwiched between "The Shadow of the Past" and "Many Meetings" is a great deal moving the necessary pieces around the board.
All this does pay off in "The Council of Elrond", though, where Gandalf gives his account of his journeys, and the conflict with Saruman. The effect when one realizes how their paths *didn't* cross is powerful.
Since it is my intention to write on all six audiobooks, you'll hear me singing Rob Inglis' praises quite a bit. His narrator voice suits Tolkien's tempo well, his Gandalf is spot on, and he doesn't overdo any of the characters for contrast's sake, something I find in Dotrice's interpretations of Martin's epic. And he sings brilliantly! The songs, and there are many, are not read as mere fillers, which they're not, but Inglis gives them life that reveals them as the integral parts of narrative that they are. Brilliant!
"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.
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