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
Excellent in every aspect!! I never get enough! An enduring classic!! KEEP CALM AND READ ON!!!
This is an absolute must read, unquestionably a staple in Fantasy literature. It is both timeless and immensely satisfying. One of it's greatest appeals is the massive world building and language building that is so lauded today among other bestsellers. Another important distinction is how although it is old, it does not feel "dated" as many books from the time and even later feel. All the tropes of our genre we as Fantasy readers have come to love and expect are here without the possibility of being redundant or derivitative since many are seen here for the first time.
I've loved these books all my life, so when I finally joined Audible it was natural for me to want them in my library. I listen to tons of audiobooks through the library and Librivox, etc, and I am particular about my readers. I won't pay actual money for a book that is unsatisfactory in that regard. Mr. Inglis is so perfect for these books! Thank you sir for reading them for us!
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! The narrator is fantastic, he tells the story in such a creative, realistic and captivating way. I especially enjoyed the songs! I have read the Lord of the Rings trilogy on my own a couple of times but I thoroughly enjoyed it even more this time. Thanks Audible and Rob Inglis!
Many people have read Tolkien's works, especially since the Hobbit is on most 8th grade required reading lists, but not everyone's delved into the lord of the rings, aside from the films. While the movies are great in their own right (love the soundtrack), the book is brimming with extra lore, events and time periods (years before Gandalf returned??). The story is more than a story about destroying a magic ring, it is a story of friendship and overcoming dire circumstances that comes out more than in the films. Some of my favorite fantasy books right alongside the works of George R. R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie. Despite being an old recording, Robert Inglis does an amazing narration despite not changing much between characters. He embodies the Fantasy theme and even sings out the songs and rhymes (still love the one from the inn, the cat and the fiddle played hey little diddle...). I also own the dramatized recordings but something about Inglis narration, and the fact it's unabridged, do more justice to Tolkiens masterpieces. If you haven't experienced the books, or even if you have but not as an audio book, this is a recording that will not let you down and will keep you coming back!
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