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The Fellowship of the Ring Audiobook
The Fellowship of the Ring
Written by: 
J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: 
Rob Inglis
The Fellowship of the Ring Audiobook

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

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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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    L. N. New Hampshire 10-10-12
    L. N. New Hampshire 10-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "At last - The Definitive Recording!"

    There are a number of Lord of the Rings recordings out there, including a superb dramatization by the BBC. But there is only ONE set of unabridged recordings of the trilogy -- from Recorded Books and read by Rob Inglis. For many years, I've treasured the set of these recordings I have on compact disc. But never before now have I been able to find them for audio download -- until now!!! Words cannot express how thrilled I am to listen to the Lord of the Rings on my iPod (and on my Kindle too!) Audible members who have never yet heard the saga read in its entirety, you are in for a very special treat indeed! In a whole new way will you enjoy the story you've read years ago and have seen transformed into the motion pictures. It'll be almost as if you're experiencing the story for the very first time.

    98 of 101 people found this review helpful
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    Orson 11-05-12
    Orson 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Greatest Book, with the finest reading"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fellowship of the Ring the most enjoyable?

    The audiobook doesn't let you skip or skim the songs (or the whole Tom Bombadil section); the result is that you experience the book as Tolkien intended it.


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

    Rob Inglis's reading is superb on general principles - he distinguishes characters well and interprets them beautifully. But the best surprise is the authenticity and quality of his rendering of Tolkien's many songs. Heroic when that's appropriate; funny or moving or spiritual by turns, this is an effect you can't produce for yourself in a silent reading. (And Tolkien heard and authorized some of Inglis's tunes.)


    61 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-17-12 Member Since 2011

    sammicatcat

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    "A Classic Done Right"

    This book marks the beginning of Frodo the Hobbit's quest to resolve the question of the Ring of Power which hangs over the fate of Middle Earth like a menacing cloud. I read this book over 40 years ago and it has headed up (together with the others in the trilogy) my list of books to be stranded on a desert island with ever since.

    Although the fantasy genre predates The Lord of the Rings, it is no exaggeration to say that Tolkien's books inspired the tsunami of fantasy fiction which is with us even today. More than once, I have read some particularly dreadful specimen of the same and thought to myself that J.R.R. Tolkien has a lot to answer for (tongue-in-cheek) but his genius speaks for itself and is recognized today. When I was in college, stating that The Lord of the Rings was a great work of fiction elicited (from my English professors) stares of incomprehension from some and mild contempt from others. As Norman Cantor has remarked, however, it is the reading public that determines whether a work is great or not and by that standard The Lord of the Rings is now a classic.

    Rob Inglis is able to do the series full justice. Not only is he a superb narrator, but he can sing which is important in a work with such an emphasis on songs and music (not always the case.. sometimes I've cringed in sympathetic embarrassment as a narrator, competent in other respects, attempted to sing or chant his/her way through a song with dismal results).

    In short, you can't go wrong with this series, particularly if you like stories about quests or knightly adventures. There's very little in the way of boy-girl romance however and no sex so readers who like plenty of that in their fiction may want to look elsewhere.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    David Costa Espinho, -- Portugal 07-12-13
    David Costa Espinho, -- Portugal 07-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Perhaps my favorite narrator ever"
    Would you listen to The Fellowship of the Ring again? Why?

    Yes, for sure. It was just a pleasure to listen to it. The narrator made it so captivating... Even though the book is of course from The Lord of The Rings series and wouldn't need further reasons to listen to.


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

    Surprisingly the songs. I loved that the narrator managed to put into melody the songs on the book and actually sing them.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    Elrond. Perhaps because of the contrast with the Elrond from the movies. Rob's voice for this character was lighter and melodious.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could, I would, but it's a bit too long for me to listen in one sitting :)


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Mount Airy, NC, United States 08-22-13
    Kevin Mount Airy, NC, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "...no knowing where you might be swept off to."

    Having listened to the entire series starting with The Hobbit, and continuing through The Lord of the Rings series, it is difficult to review each book only on its own merit, as they are each part of grand story. Truly an example of the sum being greater than its parts.

    Bilbo's part in the tale of the one ring is over, and Frodo's begins. There is quite a bit in the books that the films left out, that add so much to the story. Characters that are far older than Sauron, Gandalf and Elrond. They have been largely forgotten by the realms in Middle Earth, but still have their parts to play (for good or ill) in the Fellowship's battle against the forces of Sauron .

    Please indulge yourself and experience the complete unabridged performance of the beginning of the LOTR trilogy. Rob Inglis does an admirable job with both the narration and the songs. As tempting as it might be to skip over some of the songs, they do contain nuggets of information that hep to more completely flesh out the storyline.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 10-11-12
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A PURE Classic!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fellowship of the Ring to be better than the print version?

    This is the best! Rob Ingles is excellent. His performance is as if JRR Tolkien was reading it himself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Enjoyed the entire story and narration.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to The Hobbitt - also highly recommend,


    19 of 22 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 4 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

    Robin

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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 12-30-12
    Tim United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2011

    Do you read the book before you dislike my reviews?

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    "Flashbacks to the Films"

    I can't help having flashbacks to the movie as I read "The Fellowship of the Ring." The audio book is so much better then the film. I cannot get enough with the singing of the reader. It's a bit annoying, but it's apart of the tale that I enjoy. I can't wait to finish off the series and share the trilogy to my family for many years to come. It's one of those books that never get dated. After reading The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, I'm really looking forward to the next two additions in the trilogy to find out what they missed in the movies.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 11-05-12
    Michael 11-05-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Finally Audible got it. What a great story!"
    If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

    It is a timeless classic. So much more here than the movies (still great) can get into. You get such deeper insight into the characters. It can be a bit more whimsical than the movies, if that is your only exposure to this story. Great narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam is still the unsung hero.


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

    There are a lot of different characters in this book, and Inglis does a great job at keeping them separate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There were times that it drug a little long, but over all it was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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