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
I have enjoyed the LoR in all formats and is was enjoyable to listen to the unabridged story done by a great British narrator. Well done! JRR would certainly have approved!
Wheel of Time or the Game of Thrones series
Thank you for adding the missing piece to Tolkien.....The MUSIC. Up till now, I generally skipped the songs in the books, just because my brain didn't seem to process them correctly. I could not hear them, thus they were boring. Rob Inglis ties it all together......To hear Tom Bombadil singing his songs, or Elrond himself singing of Gil-Galad.....Well done. HIGHLY enjoyable, even for those that have read the books 1000 times and watched the movies 100 more.....
The songs....without a doubt, the music.....
tough call....Gandalf and Gimli were both excellent, but I think Boromir was my favorite performance. He was tough and commanding.
We listen to an audio book or two every year while on the road on vacation. The Fellowship of the Ring was perfect for all of us. I love Rob Inglis reading interpretation of the story, and really enjoyed the singing portions where he puts the poem's/songs of J.R.R., Tolkien to actual music. Inglis won't win a grammy but it was just plain engaging to hear his Dorian mode style musical interpretation of these poems. Delightful.
The Hobbit - for obvious reasons.
He did fairly well with all of them, but I think he completely captured the essence of Sam Gamgee. His Gandalf wasn't bad either.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I was introduced to this story when I was 13 years old by my brother-in-law. He had read The Hobbit to me during a family vacation, and then read the first chapter of Fellowship of the Ring. When he finished chapter 1 he turned to me with a wicked grin and said if I wanted to find out what happened next I would have to read it myself. I have been a Tolkien nut ever since. In fact I am one of those geeky people who goes through the trilogy at least once a year for good measure. This is the only unabridged version I have been able to find. I love it that the stories, songs and Middle Earth lore were important enough to those who put out this version be treated with respect. Rob Inglis does a great job with the narration. I can believe I am hearing elves or old hobbits telling me the story I love all over again while we sit by the fire. A few years ago I bought the whole trilogy on CD and was happy to get it. Now it is much easier to access on Audible. THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you love fantasy literature, this trilogy is one of the pivotal works that created the genre. Read and savor it like I did...and will continue to do.
To me the greatest series of all time. Rob Inglis bought it to life. His voice draws you deeper into the books and you almost forget it is just 1 person reading This beautiful story. Awesome Awesome Awesome. Wish Audible would get Silmarillion on here.
Yes, the story is great and so is the narrator!
The narrator does an excellent job, my precious!
His Gollum is unforgettably hilarious/ creepy and much more enjoyable than the one in the movies.
Sometimes I laughed, yes, I love this book.
actually yes. because you can track a little better it being such a long book, and every part being so crucial.
probably when Sam gives his undying speech of friendship :)
ring raith: no man on this earth can possibly deafeat me!
awowen: i am no man.
(chops off this head and falls with a broken arm and a nasgull bite)
just read the book
off all books i consider worth my time, yes. i listened until my ears ached and i was forced to stop for a minute before i went deaf :)
the perspective on the timeless lesson of putting others before your self and fighting for what you believe in has a lot of emphasis on this book, and it is just a beautiful story.
Narration is excellent.
Listening extra hard for other background noises--definitely a couple voices around the time the phone rings (1hr 11 min mark) of chapter 11 (3rd chapter of second download)--it is very very faint, but adds a richness as I imagine Mr. Inglis recording this story and rolling his eyes when the phone rings in the distance.
Yes, I am an artist and tend to like to listen to books on tape while I do my work, and i could not have asked for a better thing to listen to!
Definitely the Scene with Gandalf and the Balrog will always be a particularly great scene to me.
Rob uses similar voices for completely different characters, so sometimes I'm not sure who's talking until the book says so.
It is, and I have.
Now, I'm not sure if any of the other versions of this recording are any better, but, although enjoyable. it may be worth it to see if any of the cheaper recordings are better. Rob Inglis has a great voice for storytelling, but it's only one voice!
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is among my favorite works of fictions. When I first read it some 40 years ago, it came to its end much too soon for my liking, despite the well over 1,000 page length of the books.
The narrator has a skilled theatrical voice and a slight accent that enriches his telling of the tale. For me, at least, this more than compensates for the minor production flaws alluded to below. The story itself probably needs little introduction, given its status in the genre. Suffice to say it is well-written, rich in imagination, and has strong mythic elements.
I have listened to his version of The Hobbit; owning that version is made drove me to seek out Inglis' version of the Lord of the Rings.
The length of the book likely precludes listening to it all at one sitting, unless one is undergoing an intercontinental flight or some such! But it is a story one wishes to come back to at the first opportunity!
I downloaded my copy to itunes, and listened to it over my ipod. I do not know how the quality of the recording compares to other download methods. While the production/recording values are generally quite high, there a few places in which I heard phantom background voices, or the recording had a minor, brief whistle. While this did not lessen my enjoyment, I would encourage audible.com to consider a remastering of the recording to remove these slight defects.
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