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
A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!
Rob Inglis' speaking/narration voice is fantastic! I do, however, have to say that I could have done without the singing! All and all, it's a classic.
This is the first time I feel a movie is better than it's book. I just had to stop after a few hours.
The best ever
The whole trilogy is breathtaking
This trilogy is perhaps the best book of the twentieth century
I went through the entire series after watching the first movie. I have no idea how much details had been left out. This actor does an amzing job on the character voices. So glad this is finally in our audibe library!!! btw you can start with The Hobbitt since that really is first.
When Baromir dies, the song that is sung by Aragorn is really moving.
Yes but impossible.
NIce work Recorded Books! at 7:26:00 you can hear people talking in the background between Rob's phrases! Nice! 80)
Been listening to and reading books for more than 30 years.... I should eat more though, as my pants seem to0 big now.
...in my imagination....
I love the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. I have since I was a kid and my dad read these words to us after dinner every night. In my adolescence, we trod the paths to the lonely mountain and Mordor three time. My mind exploded with pictures as my father read... and he never read as well as Rob Inglis has in this amazing audio work-of-art. I close my eyes and my mind flies to the scene as he reads. Afterwards I find my self humming the songs Rob performed. What a gift. No one else should read it... except for my dad.
But my mind pictures are not as clear. They have been muddled by the movie versions. I get excited now when I hear quotes quoted in the movie. Augh! My imagination was so much richer in my youth. Perhaps if I listen to Rob read this 5 or 6 more times, then only his voice, and the voice of my father, will inspire the rich dangerous fantasy world that Tolkien paints.
The books are so much better than the movies.... especially when you have guides like Rob Inglis.
Thank you Audible for finally getting the versions I have been waiting 9 years for you to get: Tolkien UNABRIDGED on audible! Let your imagination fly you through this amazing story. Ignore the movie pictures and create your own! They will be far better.
When I was a teenager I read this series, talked about it at school and had all my friends read it too. Now I am doing the same thing for this Audio Book 35 years later. Thanks Audible.
It is a reading that does the amazing book justice. the Narrator even sings the songs. AWESOME
It is great to finally get the unabridged version of LOTR from Audible - the greatest fantasy series of all time. I asked for this from Audible at least a couple of times and I assume many others sent in requests as well. I am just delighted to finally get it. I listened to it on audio cassette many years ago and it is just great.
Well, I bought the trilogy, so.... :/
I thought I'd be into the extra details in the unabridged version. But the pace is torturous. I'm barely half way through, nothing interesting has happened. I want to finish it, but I've never dreaded finishing a book so much
His pace is so slow, and moments that deserved a more scared,shocked,or emotional response, was always read too apathetically, or, like "well this is all totally normal. Cherrio!" I also don't need every song sung to me. The songs are terrible and do is his old voice. I just don't see hobbits sounding like they're older than Gandalf on his death bed. His voice irritates me. It's like Tolkien for comatose geriatrics.
All the singing
The narrator needs to get the tone of the scene right. Not everything should be responded to by a cheery hobbits. Put the emphasis on the right words.
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