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
No, the two versions complement each other. Depending on what sort of mood I am in I will either listen to the book or read the print version.
I especially liked hearing the songs in the book read.
Yes. I would have someone (like Jim Dale who recorded the audiobooks for the Harry Potter series) re-record the audiobook since this recording was made almost two decades ago and the audio quality is a little muffled/muted.
Lastly, I don't know if this is happening to others, but the I download the files in the highest audio format possible and the last audio file cut out with only 20 minutes left of the whole book!! Not happy with that.
How long the council meeting was; the movie shortened it and made it more important. In the book, it seemed to drag on for a long time.
He was very easy to hear, and did change his voice a little bit for most of the characters. His singing got annoying after a while
Well, it does get a follow-up book, LOTR: The Two Towers
This book brings back so many memories, having Rob Inglis narrate it just made it even better. It was hard to press the pause button and it was saddening when it ended but it was excellent and highly recommended.
Light, Dark, Friendship
When the hobbits enter the town of Bree (the Prancing Pony) the audio track is HORRIBLE. It sounds like a woman is carrying on a conversation in the next room while the the story is being read. It's faint, but can be heard with headphones and is quite distracting. This background conversation ends when the hobbits leave Bree.The rest of the reading does not have any background noise problems.
Yes, I will listen again. I have read the book numerous times, but listening to it was a new experience. I will listen again and again.
I listened as I excercised, worked around the house, etc. It made the jobs at hand so much more pleasant.
I have read this book several times - listened to full cast reading of the book and of course loved the film - Thought I might be overdoing it ordering yet another telling of this classic but absolutely enchanted by this audible book. I highly recommend it whether you've never read the book or have read it 100 time.
I read these books in high school and thought I would give them all another listen. I thought the narrator did a great job with (what I now remember is) a somewhat boring book. I very much like the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, the author can be somewhat boring and long winded. It is a classic though and has some great parts if you can stay awake long enough to hear them.
Rob Inglis brings the story to life. As a person who's read Tolkein multiple times since 1975, I found this listen an engaging way to re-approach my favorite books. I have now listened to all of them multiple times and continue to enjoy.
Gandalf, Tolkein's angel wizard has always been a favorite and Inglis' voice handled him excellently. But they were all excellent- Sam, Gimli, Aragorn...the whole cast.
I listened to Inglis doing all of the Tolkein books- very consistent and wonderful job across the board.
I always have enjoyed the MInes of Moria, The Great Council, and the Lothlorien Chapters- these were among my favorites also as handled adeptly by Inglis.
There are so many and such various characters in Tolkein's work. Inglis' ability to bring them all to life was truly amazing- he even handles the elvin languages in a way that brings out their beauty and form.
A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!
Rob Inglis' speaking/narration voice is fantastic! I do, however, have to say that I could have done without the singing! All and all, it's a classic.
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