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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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    Clay Manhattan, KS, United States 02-16-14
    Clay Manhattan, KS, United States 02-16-14
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    "Background noises and talking? Really?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In several spots you can hear background noises: talking mostly. Like someone is in the next room talking on the phone. Very distracting and pulled me completely out of the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Inglis?

    I wouldn't go looking for books that he's narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed in Audible for allowing a 2nd rate recording of such a venerable title as LOTR.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-15-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2014

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Great Story, Good Narration"

    The Lord of the Rings is a true classic and if you have not experienced it (or only experienced the movies) this recording should be a wonderful experience. This recording includes the prefix and appendices (both at the end of the recording), which might be dry for some, but is great for LOTR geeks. Having an unabridged Lord of the Rings on Audible has been long awaited and is terrific. If I had not been exposed to the NPR/Minds-Eye production of this series I would have been pretty happy with the narration. The Minds-Eye production was abridged but was a really excellent performance. Rob Ingles’ narration is very good, and he does particularly well presenting the difficult epic poetry sections, but I did not much like his singing and overall a simple narration can’t compete with the Minds-Eye performances. Nevertheless I was very happy to have this excellent unabridged version. I started out a little unhappy with the narration, but as time went on I just became quite immersed in the story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 11-01-12
    Julia 11-01-12 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks.

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    "The singing got to me"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is certainly a classic. However, now that I've listened to about half of the audiobook I remember that when I originally read it, I would often skip over the singing, finding it a bit much.

    I actually think the best variation of this classic is the extended edition of the movies. The audio version is just annoying.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John C Vogel Chicago, IL 01-09-15
    John C Vogel Chicago, IL 01-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty good read"

    I'm going to review the reading as opposed to the writing.

    I thought the reader did a good job, except for the singing. I appreciated that he sang the songs that Tolkien wrote, but I'm curious where the melodies came from. I wasn't a big fan of them. To be honest, the songs in the hobbit cartoon and the lord of the rings movies was infinitely better. When this reader sang, it just made my eyes roll.

    Also, the reader had a hard time creating a different "voice" for each character. The characters seemed very similar. That could also be the fault of Tolkien.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 01-09-15
    Jake 01-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Adventure"

    Performance was a little choppy at times. I think it's just because it was an old book recording though so that could be why, but overall good story. I enjoyed it and I'll definitely be going on to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY, United States 10-25-14
    Dubi New York, NY, United States 10-25-14

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "One Ring to Rule Them All..."

    The last time I "read" The Fellowship of the Ring, I read it out loud to my daughter at bed time. Took several months, reading a handful of pages each night. That was about a dozen years ago. Prior to that, I read the entire trilogy about a dozen times, but that was back in my youth in the 60s and 70s, when I re-read it every summer (yeah, yeah, go ahead and mock me, I'd do the same). So no surprise that I jumped at listening to the audiobook when I got the chance.

    So who are you and what can I tell you about Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy? Chances are, you already know all about The Lord of the Rings, in which case there's not much I can add other than critique the narration (see below). If you've never heard of LOTR, you've either been living under a rock for the past half century, or you're too young to read, in which case, all I can say is, READ IT (as soon as you can get out from under your rock, or when you're old enough to read big boy books).

    Perhaps you've seen the movie trilogy and are wondering whether it's worth your time to read (listen to) the books, no small consideration given the total length of The Hobbit and LOTR tops 65 hours. I would strongly recommend that you at least read The Fellowship. I always loved it the best because it takes place at more of a, uh, I can't say human level because they're mostly not human, but you get more of a feel for individual characters and specific settings, the remaining books operating on a more epic scale.

    And a lot of that character development and scene/mood setting occurs in passages (entire chapters, actually) left out of the movie. The film version of The Hobbit, an as yet unfinished trilogy, contains far more material than the book (including some sections originally in The Fellowship). The movie versions of The Two Towers and The Return of the King may be structured in a different manner than the books, but the events are pretty much all there.

    By contrast, there are substantial portions of The Fellowship completely omitted by the movie, including four consecutive chapters in Book 1 along with most of a fifth -- when the hobbits approach Buckland with the Black Riders in pursuit, meet Old Man Willow and Tom Bombadil in the Old Forest, and encounter the barrow-wight on the Barrow Downs. To keep the movie length manageable, it was determined that these adventures did not further the story of the ring. I don't disagree with the decision, despite my disappointment especially with the loss of the magical Tom Bombadil and his companion Goldberry.

    Here then is your main reason to read The Fellowship if you've only seen the movie. There are also major scenes omitted from the fellowship's journey through Moria, Lothlorien, and down the Anduin from Book 2, as well as major passages of lore from The Council of Elrond and other similar discussions. And then there are the many Tolkien songs sung a capella by narrator Rob Inglis to tunes he and his producer wrote. Personally, I found the songs tedious and the recording (done a quarter century ago) crude by today's audiobook standards, so I took a star off Inglis's otherwise legendary recitation.

    For Tolkien fans looking for a new way to enjoy his best work, or for others willing or desiring to see what the fuss is all about, this audiobook is a perfect way to follow the adventures of Frodo and his hobbit friends as they make their way across the Shire, through the Old Forest to Bree, on to the magical valley of Rivendell, into the mines of Moria and the enchanated woodland of Lothlorien, and down the Great River toward Gondor and Mordor, along the way meeting Tolkien's version of wizards, elves, dwarves, trolls, wraiths, wights, orcs, balrogs, wargs, and all sorts of men, strange, heroic, devious, and jolly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg D United States 06-30-14
    Greg D United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I was really bored"
    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. R. Tolkien again?

    Nope. Bored me until I finally gave up on it about 15 hours in.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He was good.


    Was The Fellowship of the Ring worth the listening time?

    No... did I mention that it was boring?


    Any additional comments?

    I have heard about this series of books about as long as I can remember. I was excited to give it a listen, but the excitement turned in excruciating boredom. I kept telling myself that I just had to get into it, but that just never happened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bhoule1029 06-10-14
    Bhoule1029 06-10-14
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    "Not good Narrating"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Rob Inglis’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because the narrarator has a british accent does not make him good. This was suppose to be a very exciting book but was dulled down by a monotone narrarator. Would not reccomend. Better off just reading the actual book/ebook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhys Wade Sonoma, CA 05-25-14
    Rhys Wade Sonoma, CA 05-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Gwydion

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    "Dear god, not another song!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Take out the songs or make it possible to easily skip them. There's just too many. I'm addressing the whole Lord of the Rings, not just Fellowship.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fellowship of the Ring?

    Come on, this is a classic that generations have grown to love. Picking out even ten scenes would be hard. ok, ok, Frodo encountering the Nazgul on Weathertop .


    What three words best describe Rob Inglis’s performance?

    effing horrible singer


    Could you see The Fellowship of the Ring being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't think anyone will every be able to make this into a movie ;) - It would be really interesting if someone would really do this someday. Take the actual book, realizing that it is mostly made of quiet moments and inner turmoil, rather than 20 minute battle scenes. I think it would lend itself to a mini-series format more than the movie and would take several seasons. Would like to see it done at a rate of one chapter per episode. Take your time with it, get to know the world of middle-earth.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald 07-25-13
    Ronald 07-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Its Ok"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was good


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    yes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No the singing killed it for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Just wasn't a book for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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