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The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy | [J. R. R. Tolkien]

The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 03-31-13
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Inglis delivers Tolkien exquisitely"

    LOTR (and The Hobbit) read by Rob Inglis, were my first audio books. A friend gifted them to me on cd years ago. I've listened to them almost annually. I just added The Fellowship to my Audible library as the app is more convenient that cd's. It's hard to improve on Tolkien's writing, but Rob Inglis manages to do that with a wonderful performance.

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    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 03-25-13
    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.

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    "So disappointed with this narrator!"

    I am a huge LOTR fan, but I simply cannot continue with this story in audio version. The narrator is horrible. He struggles switching between characters voices making it difficult to follow the story. This is made even harder due to the fact that he uses the same accent or tone of voice for different species of characters (wizard, hobbit, etc). I literally cringed when he did female voices, and fought the urge to fast forward simply to avoid listening for a few seconds. Dreadful, absolutely dreadful. It's unfortunate for such a beautiful and great novel series! If you enjoy the LOTR series, please save yourself the disappointment and pass this series on audio.

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    Jennifer 03-25-13
    Jennifer 03-25-13
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    "Best. Series. Ever."

    Rob Inglis really does justice to, in my opinion, the best books ever written! Fantastic story-lines, fantastic narrative, you really can't go wrong with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Hobbit. Buy it!

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    David LAFAYETTE, LA, United States 03-25-13
    David LAFAYETTE, LA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The narration truly makes this classic even better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fellowship of the Ring to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely the narrator was phenomenal. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is filled with wonderful songs on what seems like every other page. While the narrator may not have the most beautiful singing voice it was still refreshing to hear the songs actually sung out. I always ended up just skimming through the songs but listening to the narrator sing the songs has made me appreciate them so much more


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    Joshua Lindsey 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Unabridged epic telling!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fellowship of the Ring the most enjoyable?

    This is the only unabridged version of the Fellowship of the Ring I have ever found, and I loved every minute of it! It's a lengthy listen for sure but well worth the time.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    His voice is hypnotic and alluring, and his grasp of character styles and voices is spot on. My only complaint is that some of the minor elves and hobbits start to sound very similar, if not the same. But, in a cast of thousands, this is easily forgiven, especially since he gives each piece of poetry and song its one style and meter that fits not only the speaker but his or her race.


    Any additional comments?

    Rob Inglis also reads Tolkien's foreword, explaining much of the origins of Middle Earth, Tolkien's experiences writing it, and his own hopes for the shape the series would take. A welcome addition to an exceptional book and a marvelous reading.

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    Gayle 03-22-13
    Gayle 03-22-13
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    "Entertaining"

    Fantasy/adventure is not my usual listening genre; nevertheless, I found this book very entertaining. The narrator did very well with the voices and singing.

    Even though I knew from the outset that this the first book of a trilogy, I'm finding I don't care for series in which each book is not complete in and of itself. The journey as far as it went was entertaining, but I didn't like getting to the end of the book and having nothing be resolved. Haven't decided yet whether to complete the series of be content with the story as is.

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    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 03-22-13
    Amanda Waimanalo, HI, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2010

    I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!

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    "You know you'll love it"

    I love these books. So I kinda suffered thru the narration. Rob is fine, he's just not great. He sounds, to me, like a Dwarf, so every character sounds like a Dwarf.. But you cant go wrong with Tolkien, and if you love these books, you'll have to listen to them too!

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    Westschmeis Madison, WI 03-19-13
    Westschmeis Madison, WI 03-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Always loved Fellowship, wonderful reading"
    Would you listen to The Fellowship of the Ring again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this book again. I have always loved Fellowship and have read it many times. Wonderful to be able to listen in the car to such a beautiful reading of it.


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    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 03-19-13
    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Many explorations and adventures await!

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    "Bravo.....!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fellowship of the Ring to be better than the print version?

    Yes indeed!


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narration of an extremely intricate book. The singing is quite good and must have been very difficult to perform for the various characters and there are many!


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    Blake BRIGHAM CITY, UT, United States 03-15-13
    Blake BRIGHAM CITY, UT, United States 03-15-13
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    "Not at all like the movie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fellowship of the Ring to be better than the print version?

    yes. This is easier to follow, and you can listen to it anywhere. Great for long commutes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Bombadil, he was an important character to the four hobbits and the dwarves and elves, knowing he would have had no desire to use the ring for his own selfish devices.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    His voices for the characters makes the story much easier to follow.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has made me laugh many times over


    Any additional comments?

    Rob Inglis is the best narrator. I purchased the hobbit and was afraid that it would be extremely boring. He was not. He is the reason I purchased this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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