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 first book of a classic trilogy. This is the story that started the fantasy book market that is still going strong.
I LOVE audio books. I drive 20 hours per week on average and use that time to listen to books. I love long books, and multi book series.
We've all read it, and likely watched the movie, but it was cool to hear the story told. I only gave the story 4 stars because the fantasy genre has evolved far past what Tolkien was imagining. It was still fun and certainly worth a credit to revisit this classic fantasy novel.
The only unabridged audio version. Subtle character voices and even songs sung made for entertaining listening without being distracting. Highly recommended.
I've been a long time fan of The Lord of the Rings since my first reading way back in High School. I've read the books multiple times, but since the movies came out, have not revisited Middle Earth.
This has rekindled my love for the Trilogy. I cannot imagine a better reading than that of the narrator. While I enjoyed the movies, the books are far superior and I truly hope those who have only viewed the films give the books a real chance.
The narrator uses an annoying theatrical accent. This method of speaking was appropriate when orators and actors were performing on stage without modern sound equipment. The rolled R's and exaggerated enunciation helped listeners in the back of the theater understand what was being said. In the context of an audible book, that same accent is unnecessary, pretentious, and grating on the ear. I didn't notice it at first, but found it more and more annoying as the book progressed. now, after being forced to listen to it for 20+ hours in this first book, i am dreading having to hear it for the remaining two books.
Always had a hard time reading through Lord of the Rings but it is an amazing book out of the first 3 and wonderful to listen to read in such a pragmatic yet Elegant way. recommend this for everyone who has already read it or never has.
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