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 narrator did an exceptional job. His voice is neither annoying or difficult to understand. He is clear and the different voices are evident. The story, of course, is a classic and Tolkien is the father of fantasy.
As an avid fantasy genre reader who loved the LOTR movies, I have tried to get into the books many times. The writing style and many songs had me pulling my hair out by the halfway point of Fellowship each time, and I'd give up in shame.
I finally thought to look into the audio book form recently, and the narration just made the experience for me. The songs are made alive, and I quite enjoyed them rather than trudging through them. I even loved Tom Bombadil this time!
I have listened to about thirty audio books, and this narrator is now one of my favorites, on par to Roy Dotrice who reads the ASOIAF series. Overall, I recommend this to LOTR lovers and those not as sure they appreciate the books!
Rob Inglis tells Tolkien's wonderful tale with a marvelous knack for character portrayal and lyrical nuances in Tolkien's poetic universe
The story is great, but the narrator did a TERRIBLE job with Galadrial's voice. The dramatized version did a better job than he did. 😔
I can appreciate all of the various formats the story has taken, but right next to simply reading the books, these unabridged audio books are my favorite way to experience The Lord of the Rings (and The Hobbit). The story is enduring, and the performance is fantastic. As with most great performers, you will soon forget you are listening to only one man. This ranks up there with Jim Dale's reading of the Harry Potter books (another must listen).
Great book and certainly more story detail than was provided in the movie, also much more character development
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