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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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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 08-07-13
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This book did nothing for me"

    I really wanted to like this book and was looking forward to reading them all. I did not enjoy the Hobbit when I was younger, but I was hoping to enjoy the series as an adult. It was a struggle for me to listen to it and I did not enjoy it at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada 11-05-12
    Gordon Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Aged badly."
    What disappointed you about The Fellowship of the Ring?

    The voice acting tries to make every statement heroic with classical style English storytelling. Too formal.


    Has The Fellowship of the Ring turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. It was the first.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Every character's voice came across as an English nobleman, even the lowest born.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fellowship of the Ring?

    Can't. It's a classic.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the king of books in its day. I had to get the audio book. However, the writing style hasn't aged well.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Fernley, NV, United States 05-22-13
    Jason Fernley, NV, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great performance, dull, dragging story"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    Yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. R. Tolkien again?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    So, I know this is a classic and I loved the movies, but man was this hard for me to get through. I just found it dull and boring. The story dragged in lots of places. Maybe the movies ruined me, I don't know. I usually really like fantasy but this one was just really boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ron FAIRVIEW, UTAH, United States 03-04-13
    Ron FAIRVIEW, UTAH, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not near as good as the movie, and thats sad.


    Would you recommend The Fellowship of the Ring to your friends? Why or why not?

    NO


    What didn’t you like about Rob Inglis’s performance?

    Nothing


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fellowship of the Ring?

    No scenes. Just an overall bust.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KTS Houston 01-09-13
    KTS Houston 01-09-13
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    "Ok, too much singing."
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    I know it is in the book, but this guy's voice just annoyed me. Frankly, and I know this is sacrilege, Peter Jackson's edits, made the story better. Sorry Tolkien purists.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristie Baytown, TX, United States 12-26-12
    Kristie Baytown, TX, United States 12-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Just couldn't get into it."

    I've heard such wonderful things about the series but it just didn't hold my attention.

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    Katie United States 12-23-12
    Katie United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a stay-at-home mom and I like to listen to books while I clean.

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    "Tolkien is Tolkien"

    You either love Tolkien or you hate Tolkien. There isn't much in between. His style reads like an epic, which is to be expected considering his areas of study and his personal motivations for writing the series. Tolkien created Middle Earth intending to give England its own unique mythos.

    The reader is good, but like the books, his tones are a bit dry. It wasn't a bad performance, but it did leave me wanting. Often I would find myself very sleepy while listening to rhythms of Inglis' voice.

    If you enjoy Tolkien's works, and find yourself in need of distraction or entertainment while tackling other tasks, ie: driving, housework, nursing a child, etc- then this would be an excellent purchase for you.

    However, if you simply wish to experience Fellowship of the Ring for the first time, I highly recommend picking up a hard copy and reading it for yourself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael springville, AL, United States 12-21-12
    michael springville, AL, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Been lost, been broken, been found, been Forgiven, been saved by Christ.

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    "Good Story to Much Singing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No singing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the hole thing.


    What didn’t you like about Rob Inglis’s performance?

    the singing


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    if there was a to remove the singing it would get 4 to 5 stars.

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    John Jay Michigan 12-05-12
    John Jay Michigan 12-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It's Tolkien, need I say more?"

    J R R Tolkien changed my life as a young boy. I had been a sporadic reader at best and typically that would be comic digests or the like, then I received the boxed set of The Lord of the Rings, including The Hobbit. Since then, I've been a voracious reader of all that is fantasy fiction. The Lord of the Rings is the bar that all other fantasies are measured against. Simply put, it is a masterpiece of fantasy fiction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Alexandria, KY, United States 11-13-12
    Jeff Alexandria, KY, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2012

    Gern Blanston

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    "Darn you Peter Jackson!"
    What did you love best about The Fellowship of the Ring?

    Peter Jackson has ruined the original work by Tolkien for me. I'm sorry, and I know I am demonstrating that I am an uncouthed twit but the movies are sooooooo much better than the books. The story is different in many ways. I thought the books would ADD to the story but they actually take away. Way too much description and it takes forever to get anything done. And the songs. Why? Why oh why do they have to sing about everything. Mr. Jackson was wise to leave most of this out of the movies. I really hate it in the audio book. Rob Inglis can sing, it's not his fault. Stupid songs that add very little to the tale.

    I read The Hobbitt first. I was very much looking forward to the movie coming soon until reading the book. It just wasn't that good. I thought that perhaps the movies wouldn't be good either. Then, I read TFOTR. It's not that good either but the movies ROCK!!! Here's hoping Mr. Jackson can work his magic with them as well.

    Sorry. I know, I know. I am an uncouthed twit, right?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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