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
Rob Inglis did a wonderful job with a book that sports a mulitude of made-up languages. He even sings the songs!
I have read the book before and knew the story; What made this a new pleasure was being about to listen to it as read by Rob Inglis.
Rob Inglis's accent is perfect, perfect, perfect. I had the impression that he not only knew the book but enjoyed it as much as I did.
Rob Inglis singing Tolkien's songs.
Thanks Audible, and special thanks to Rob Inglis.
A timeless story. A sensational reader. Never let's go of your attention. And great to listen to again and again. All the essentials of an essential purchase. More than makes up for the credit it costs.
I've already listened to the series twice and will again and again. I'd already read the books several times and, along with The Hobbit, are my favorite.
Too many to choose, literally.
Thankfully, Gandalf. It's very clear that the cast of Peter Jackson's films were required to listen to these recordings as most of the film's characters sound very close to Inglis performance. Particularly McKellen's Gandalf and Rhys Davies' Gimli. Inglis' Gandalf is distinctive, wise and very believable.
Again, this isn't the Book of the Century for nothing. Far to many tremendous moments to choose one. If I had to choose one, it would perhaps be when Gandalf reveals himself to members of the Fellowship in Fangorn.
While not as good as reading them yourself, Inglis does manage to capture the true spirit and intent of the work and fleshes out the characters in an extremely vivid manner. The songs, which appear throughout Tolkien's works are likely the most difficult to render, but Inglis delivers solid performances throughout, with the possible exceptions of female voices, such as Lady Galadriel.
The perfomance of the creature Gollum becomes somewhat tiresome in the second half of Two Towers and likely represents Inglis' least inspired character.
Overall however, this is a must listen for any LOTR fan and very good for someone wishing to become one and who simply cannot make the time to read the books themselves. The advantage of reading for yourself is that, particularly in the case of these books, the landscape is just so incredibly vast that listening to someone else is a little constricting.
I'm pleased to see that the vast majority of listeners love the story and the performance. I suppose the civil nature of Audible (which I find refreshing in these days of social media) is right in sticking to reviewing Ingles's performance and Tolkien's classic story. I can only echo the praise of others, while pointing out that the songs of the LOTR are integral to the overall story and the depth and development of Middle Earth and its peoples. Those that give low ratings for performance b/c the narrator "sings too much" might as well give a low rating because the narrator reads too much. And those that find the voices too "upperclass" need not visit London but simply watch some British comedies on PBS to understand the difference between Elrond and Samwise. For me, the LOTR Audible books are the paradigm of recorded books. A Shakespearian actor and an Oxford professor. High adventure, epic fantasy, master prose. This is fantasy in style!
I am a busy guy, so this gave me the opportunity to enjoy the book while driving and getting things done (like cleaning the garage). Incredible story, great narration, and getting it through Audible is cheaper than other options I checked out.
Give me Classics!
I loved listening to one of my favorite stories of all time brought to life by the amazing performance of Rob Inglis.
The adventure and history created by J.R.R. Tolkin
I enjoyed the subtle differences in all the characters.
Yes. If I had the unbroken time.
Faulkner, zombies, pandemics, Hillary Mantel, Linda Barry, Atwood, time travel, and Karr, I'm all over the map.
Rob Inglis does voices so well and consistently, sings the songs convincingly and has a pace and manner that completely immerses the listener in this story. I cannot imagine a better narrator. I'm listening to this with my 8 year old daughter and it is a wonderful way to unwind our day (without my inept attempt to do dwarf and wizard voices). Great for long drives too. And Tolkien is, of course, the most adept story teller. We started with "The Hobbit" and are working our way though the trilogy.
Yes wonderful story and well narrated.
Everything, n'ff said.
Fellowship of the ring is already a movie
Surprisingly wonderingly narrated.
This performance should be "Exhibit A" in a proof entitled "Why Audiobooks Exist." I've always loved the LTR series and read them several times at different points in my life, usually finding some nuance or turn of phrase that I had missed before.
But actually LISTENING to the songs in the book SUNG by the narrator, with the correct rhythm and a matching melody is like discovering there's an additional one-third of the book that I had never even seen before.
I could go through all of the other details of the narrator's performance and how well he's captured each of the characters' virtues and backgrounds in each of the voices, but that would just waste your time -- TIME THAT YOU SHOULD BE SPENDING LISTENING TO THIS BOOK!!
Honestly, after so many decades while this book has been unavailable as an audio recording, there's no better use for your credits than to buy this one now.
As a long time and ever-growing fan of the Middle Earth mythology, I am so happy to have such a wonderful reading. Deeply seated in the oral tradition of great epic tales, the Lord of the Rings translates very well into audio format. Listening to Rob Inglis' fine performance takes me to a fantasy of hearing a great, old history from a wise and spirited elder.
I doubt if I can say anything about the book that hasn't already been said ad nauseum and in finer fashion, but I'll add my two cents nonetheless. For the numerous times I've read the books, watched the movies, listened to the soundtracks, and dreamed of Middle Earth, the mythology never ceases to present something new and, sometimes in the smallest ways, wondrous. The story itself, with an overview that can be spoken in two sentences, has endless delicate nuances, like facing mirrors always giving a different view. It also exerts such a powerful nostalgia (upon me, at least) that seems to call me to some secret home and I can never help but long that the story is true. More than any tale, however insightful or well written, this one tugs on me.
Rob Inglis' reading does justice to the books and, more often than not, when I read the books myself, it is his voice I hear. I offer nothing but my most hearty recommendation of the book and its reader.
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