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The Fellowship of the Ring Audiobook

The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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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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    Brian Long Island City, NY, United States 11-09-12
    Brian Long Island City, NY, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best Fellowship recording out there"

    I know that Audible has been waiting for this book a long time in the US and it is worth the wait! The narration is excellent - including the singing - and Rob Inglis does a great job differentiating each character without becoming comical.

    If you love the series then this is the version to get especially since it syncs with Kindle.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    John 11-05-12
    John 11-05-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Thank goodness - finally"

    One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the first of three, you'll want the other two.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Clay 02-16-14
    Clay 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.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-21-12
    Pamela Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-21-12
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    "Thank You Audible!"

    I first read the LOTR Trilogy as a young teen, while I was home with a bad cold. My mother was in the middle of The Fellowship and wouldn't give it up (and who could blame her?), so I started with The Two Towers. Talk about confusion!! I highly recommend listening to them in order. The Trilogy is one of the top books on my Desert Island Reading List.
    Many years later, I got this version of the audiobook on CD and played it to death. I loved the books and the movies, but hearing the stories really enhances the experience. I always felt these books were written to be read aloud. I have waited YEARS for Audible to add both the unabridged Trilogy and the Hobbit. Thank you Audible.

    7 of 9 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Robin A. Gower Point Pleasant, NJ USA 02-19-13
    Robin A. Gower Point Pleasant, NJ USA 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

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    "The story than which there is no greater"
    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the most exciting, most literate, most frightening, most elevating, most imaginative, most humane story ever written.If you have only seen the film, well, too bad. All that remains to be said is that Rob Inglis' narration is masterful.If you have only one credit, use it here.

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    Jean-Sébastien Ducharme 04-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, bad narrating."

    I like this story. There is a reason it's a classic. I can't listen to this without shudders every sentence. The narrator keeps doing those awful inhales right on the microphone.

    It's hard to listen to.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Holly SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 07-16-13
    Holly SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Stellar Narration - So much better than the movie!"
    If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining beautiful story


    What other book might you compare The Fellowship of the Ring to and why?

    Stand By Me - This book was about the relationships of the hobbits and those they met along their journey. Their loyalty and love for each other kept them safe in perilous times which they were completely unprepared for in all ways other than spirit.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rob Inglis narration offers a deeper level to the story with the song, voices, language. One could not keep up with all the characters as well when reading especially Golum. Inglis brings a completely different level of creepy to his character that would not be possible reading the text. The songs would have much less meaning being read than hearing them.I have spoken to many people who have read the trilogy and found it difficult to follow and some gave up before finishing. I highly recommend listening to Inglis' version as I believe his talent sheds a new light on the story. By far exceeds the movies entertainment value.


    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 11-13-12
    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great reading - bad background noise"

    I really liked this book but I found parts distracting because I hear some background noise and even talking in the background in a few parts. In Chapter 3 about 1/3 of the way through there is someone talking in the background - like on the telephone. I was surprised that no one has edited that out. Maybe they can't or no one knew about it. Don't the editors listen to the whole story before they publish? I am disappointed because when you purchase an audible book you expect superior production.
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    When you get to Chapter 7 of the second book - the Two Towers - you will hear someone talking and a BLENDER going in the background. What is going on???!! Audible - get a new person in your quality control department!

    25 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    DesertGirl USA 01-04-17
    DesertGirl USA 01-04-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Fabulous performance of a classic"
    What did you love best about The Fellowship of the Ring?

    A book about the smallest people performing great feats against insurmountable odds is timeless


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This performance of this book, brought me back to what I loved about it. He really embraces the text and his portrayal of these iconic characters was wonderful


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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