Inspired by The Hobbit and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that J.R.R. Tolkien created to provide "the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues". From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature.
The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.
In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien's great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe – hobbits, elves, and wizards – step colorfully into life. Rob Inglis' narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.
©1983 Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R.Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R.Tolkien (P)1990 Recorded Books
The voice acting tries to make every statement heroic with classical style English storytelling. Too formal.
Not at all. It was the first.
Every character's voice came across as an English nobleman, even the lowest born.
Can't. It's a classic.
This was the king of books in its day. I had to get the audio book. However, the writing style hasn't aged well.
So, I know this is a classic and I loved the movies, but man was this hard for me to get through. I just found it dull and boring. The story dragged in lots of places. Maybe the movies ruined me, I don't know. I usually really like fantasy but this one was just really boring.
Not near as good as the movie, and thats sad.
No scenes. Just an overall bust.
I know it is in the book, but this guy's voice just annoyed me. Frankly, and I know this is sacrilege, Peter Jackson's edits, made the story better. Sorry Tolkien purists.
I'm a stay-at-home mom and I like to listen to books while I clean.
You either love Tolkien or you hate Tolkien. There isn't much in between. His style reads like an epic, which is to be expected considering his areas of study and his personal motivations for writing the series. Tolkien created Middle Earth intending to give England its own unique mythos.
The reader is good, but like the books, his tones are a bit dry. It wasn't a bad performance, but it did leave me wanting. Often I would find myself very sleepy while listening to rhythms of Inglis' voice.
If you enjoy Tolkien's works, and find yourself in need of distraction or entertainment while tackling other tasks, ie: driving, housework, nursing a child, etc- then this would be an excellent purchase for you.
However, if you simply wish to experience Fellowship of the Ring for the first time, I highly recommend picking up a hard copy and reading it for yourself.
Been lost, been broken, been found, been Forgiven, been saved by Christ.
the hole thing.
if there was a to remove the singing it would get 4 to 5 stars.
J R R Tolkien changed my life as a young boy. I had been a sporadic reader at best and typically that would be comic digests or the like, then I received the boxed set of The Lord of the Rings, including The Hobbit. Since then, I've been a voracious reader of all that is fantasy fiction. The Lord of the Rings is the bar that all other fantasies are measured against. Simply put, it is a masterpiece of fantasy fiction.
Peter Jackson has ruined the original work by Tolkien for me. I'm sorry, and I know I am demonstrating that I am an uncouthed twit but the movies are sooooooo much better than the books. The story is different in many ways. I thought the books would ADD to the story but they actually take away. Way too much description and it takes forever to get anything done. And the songs. Why? Why oh why do they have to sing about everything. Mr. Jackson was wise to leave most of this out of the movies. I really hate it in the audio book. Rob Inglis can sing, it's not his fault. Stupid songs that add very little to the tale.
I read The Hobbitt first. I was very much looking forward to the movie coming soon until reading the book. It just wasn't that good. I thought that perhaps the movies wouldn't be good either. Then, I read TFOTR. It's not that good either but the movies ROCK!!! Here's hoping Mr. Jackson can work his magic with them as well.
Sorry. I know, I know. I am an uncouthed twit, right?
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I can't believe I'm saying this but the movie is a lot better than the book. Great storyline and performance but there are sections of the book that can be so boring at times. I would suggest that anyone that wants to listen to this should have a map of Middle Earth in your hands so you can follow along with the conversation. Without it, you will be lost.
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