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 write short and to the point reviews. No sense of dragging on in something that you like or hate.
So far, "The Two Towers" is better than the first book in the series. I still need to read the final novel in the trilogy, but I really liked the journey up to the towers. In the Fellowship of the Ring, it felt like I was listening to a musical because of the constant singing to tell the tale. In this addition, it felt like more of a true audio book with the excellent reading from Rob Inglis. I'm glad that the publisher of the Tolkien series kept with same voice to narrate the story. I'm actually looking forward to reading The Return of the King, even though I always catch bits and pieces every year on tv.
It is impossible to read the Two Towers without looking back at the Fellowship with a profound sense of loss and gratitude -- loss for the great hollow place that was previously filled with the simple wondrous beauty of the Shire and the unaffected hobbits; gratitude that Tolkien thought it right to tarry in that place for a while in the beginning. It seems almost as though, knowing the horrors and irreversible hurt he was about to impose on his small heroes, he would show the reader that they were once happy and unburdened folk. In the beginning of the Fellowship, Frodo and his companions are afraid because they should be. Gandalf and the elves have told them that their business is serious and they have some foreboding of the task ahead. Still, their journey is filled with song and the (relatively) small worries of getting lost in the woods. I think, had they the foresight of knowing their future troubles, they would have preferred to hang a hammock from Old Man Willow and camp.
In the Two Towers, there are fewer of those sweet, reassuring pleasantries such as Tom Bombadil and bath songs and mushrooms with bacon. They are replaced with the gnawing thought that, even should this quest end well, our heroes will be irreparably damaged. Still, since Tolkien never has the arrogance to say that all hope and beauty are lost, he lets the reader grow with his characters into the larger and sadder yet magnificent and wistful world outside of innocence.
Tolkien's stories are full of sadness and loss and longing. But the sadness accompanying the loss of beautiful things is separated (not always distinctly) from the acute despair of hopelessness. Some of our heroes fall into the latter's desolation and become bitter, but those who feel the former are what make this tale so profoundly personal. They mirror our longing for that old home, perfect in memory and ever unattainable. But they, and by extension, we, learn the necessity and unexpected wonder of continuing to live.
This collection of books hold a special place in my heart and this is an excellent presentation.
Absolutely...this classic tale is brought well to life through Inglis's performance. This is a great way to absorb Tolkin's work. A top-quality performance of this unabridged masterpiece.
The depth of the story...it became more interesting as the "pages" turned.
LIFE! The voices and vocal interpretations, plus the ennunciiations of the ancient languages, made for an excellent experience.
Yes. It's one of my favorite books.
Treebeard. He's just so Entish.
The last march of the Ents.
I enjoyed using the whisper sync. feature.
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...
It is one of the better ones. Not the best but very good.
When the Ents woke up.
The time with the Ents.
Tell us about yourself!
Really this is all originally one book so you might as well get all three and the Hobbit too. The Books (Story) themselves are beyond reproach, Seriously. Unless you hate the “Fantasy” genera.
Rob Inglis is extremly good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world.
If you don't know the story by now then you will never know it. The movie and the books I cut my teeth on these. As a young man. I have been disappointed many time by people that say this suits the book. I was happy with the films finally. Now we have the story read by a great narrator.
I have been a member oif Audio books for a long time and i discovered quite early that the narrator can make of break a book.
We all know the story so there are too many place to comment on I do dislike the marching though Mordor. Sam and Fordo hot, parched hungry and all the rest but old JRR was a wordy guy so you have to take the bad with the good.
He go Treebeard down very well.
This is a classic story that can be listened to over and over.
The Hobbit, The Return of the King, The Fellowship of the Ring. They are from the same author and have the same narrator.
Not that I am aware of.
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.
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