The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings.
The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape.
In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to 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 had not read this trilogy since, well a very long time ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them again. This is truly a classic tale and Rob Inglis is perfect! He is exceptionally easy to listen to, and the characters really came to life with his wonderful voices and magnificant reading style! This series is a treasure in every respect, and well worth a credit if this is a genre you enjoy.
Herb Teas Trees and British Comedies
The second in the series is called 'The Two Towers', and lots of discussion has gone into exactly which two 'towers' that is meant to refer to. While there are many opposing strongholds, and many more than two towers in middle earth, I cannot help but think the reality is more likely that it refers to the two completely seperate stories which this portion of the series contains.
While we're familliar with the breaking of the fellowship at the end of book one, the second in the series almost behaves as if the two stories that follow are all but unrelated... A good book, and exciting in the first tale, the second goes on to be more of a slog, but such is the reality of the story. I suppose ultimately I was just a bit disappointed that Tolkien so seldom has any congruent experiences between the two.
Having read stories of two seperate narratives before, I had expected more interlacing between the events, but Tolkien choses instead to tell one, and then tell another. A technique I found, at first, difficult because the two stories are referenced not only geographically but also chronologically seperated in place AND Time respectively.
The narrative moves between the stories at dates and times unrelated to each other meaning the 'last time' you heard about the characters elsewhere could also now be a time either in the future or the past of the characters who you are now hearing about.
Thankfully, there is little or no singing in this one, but the bleak nature of the latter parts can make one remaniscent of the stupid singsong of Tom Bombadil... for a minute or two...
The performance of Golem is also well done. Once the ear adjusts to the different interpretation, it can be quite evocative and subtextural. Crazy talk can always be a tricky part to perform well, but it is quite well done in the end.
Take a Long Walk through middle earth, and chose between the paths knowing well that they are destined to reconnect in the end... opposing sides of the two faces of war perhaps... The precarious balance before the axe falls, the two forces rise...
I've been searching for the Lord of the Rings read out loud -- unabridged -- for a long time, so was thrilled to find all three books suddenly available on Audible. Being able to slip my iPod out and dive into that glorious world for awhile is nothing short of a gift.
LOTR is too much of a deep classic for this question. All the characters and all their facets are the the threads woven into one rich tapestry.
Don't sing songs! Rob Inglis managed to colour the audio world with decent voices for the different characters. No easy task given the numerous male roles. However, I've started to fast forward everytime he breaks into song -- as it's like chewing tin foil with the ears. This performance also sounds a little dated -- like it's coming from a 50's movie. I hope Jim Dale will one day be enticed to undertake the project.
Everything but the songs -- promise!
I'm wondering if I could have skipped this second book in the series. I enjoyed the first book but now am wondering if I want to complete the trilogy. I felt The Two Towers was just a bridge between the two and not that necessary. I missed all the characters being together and the interplay among them. I didn't like that the ending just left you hanging.
The two towers was a good book but not quite as entertaining as the first and third books in the series
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Yes I would only cause it took me a lot to try to read it with all the added description
This is well done spaced out.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I have read this book numerous times and it has got to be one of the top books of all time in my opinion.
Tolkien creates a whole world of characters and mythology and his story is compelling and filled with a sense of urgency. This story has excitement, fear, despair and courage. I cannot recommend it highly enough, this is the master fantasy writer showing how it is really done.
The narration is not great. The lack of differentiation between characters' voices can lead to confusion and there is a lack of expression in them too. However, he does a great job of descriptive passages and anything pertaining to the myths and legends of Middle-Earth. I found that I have noticed some details that I have missed on my previous readings.
It's a great story and the narrator does a good job, but his singing will drive you mad unless you're into bad music or broadway musicals. I had to fast forward every time he decides to belt one out. He should just say "and they sang a song" during his reading,
It's the hobbit. Say no more.
His singing is horrible as are the songs.
I had to fast forward during songs.
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
I remember reading this trilogy as a teenager and I wasn't impressed but given the 3 for 2 deal Audible was offering, I thought maybe as an adult reader I might find more to appreciate. I was wrong.
If you wax romantic about loyal servants calling you master and kissing your hand, or about the travails of semi-dispossessed nobility as they fight the forces of pure evil (pronounced eee-ville), or if you like books where only flawed characters and eeevil characters die, then this book is for you. It's not for me.
The narrator does an admirable job, especially when he sings the dozens and dozens of songs (really too many songs).
This review is about the entire trilogy. I'll start by saying that the Lord of the Rings is my favorite book; so much so that I have to return to Middle Earth every 3-4 years for a visit. I was, therefore, somewhat leery of an audiobook as I have very set notions of who the characters are. Rob Inglis's narration is incredible, his voices for all the characters were easily recognizable. I felt that his singing of the numerous ballads added a new dimension that my previous readings had not. I kept thinking that Peter Jackson must have listened to Inglis's version as so many of the actors he cast for the movie sounded so much like Ingli's characterization. My only complain is that the audio version lasted even less time that my readings as I listened every minute I had a chance.
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