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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

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    L. N. says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
  • The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Two Towers: Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    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.

    ReBoooot says: "One Book to Rule Them all"
  • The Hobbit | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Sher from Provo says: "Quite a journey"
  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
  • The Children of Hurin | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Children of Hurin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee
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    There are tales of Middle-earth from times long before The Lord of the Rings. The story told in this book is set in the great country that lay beyond the Grey Havens in the West: lands where Treebeard once walked, but which were drowned in the great cataclysm that ended the First Age of the World.

    Catherine says: "Powerful and Disturbing"
  • Letters from Father Christmas | J.R.R. Tolkien

    Letters from Father Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt, Christian Rodska
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    Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply? Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole. These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.

    James says: "A fun little read."
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Ring Sets Out | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: The Ring Sets Out

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
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    Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

    Jay says: "A joy to hear"
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) | J. R. R Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
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    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    Lene says: "Great dramatization, but read the book first!"
  • The Hobbit (Dramatized) | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Hobbit (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By An Ensemble Cast
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    Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    Zreea says: "Many years of enjoyment"
  • The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings, Book 3 | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
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    Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

    Catherine says: "Inglis sounds like Tolkien!"
  • The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Book 2 | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
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    Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.

    Catherine says: "third book of the series"
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised) | J. R. R Tolkien

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
    Overall
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    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the third book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    hannah says: "Fantastic climax to the trilogy"
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised) | J. R. R Tolkien

    The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. R. R Tolkien
    • Narrated By Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
    Overall
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    (448)
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    A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the second book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

    Bryan J. Peterson says: "The quality continues."
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Terry Jones
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    A collection of three medieval English poems, translated by Tolkien for the modern-day reader and containing romance, tragedy, love, sex and honour.

    James says: "The best translation"
  • Farmer Giles of Ham | J.R.R. Tolkien

    Farmer Giles of Ham

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    Farmer Giles of Ham did not look like a hero. He was fat and red-bearded and enjoyed a slow, comfortable life. Then one day a rather deaf and short-sighted giant blundered on to his land. More by luck than skill, Farmer Giles managed to scare him away. The people of the village cheered: Farmer Giles was a hero. His reputation spread far and wide across the kingdom. So it was natural that when the dragon Chrysophylax visited the area it was Farmer Giles who was expected to do battle with it!

    Jacobus says: "An exquisite story wonderfully narrated"
  • Smith of Wootton Major | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Smith of Wootton Major

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Tolkien's acclaimed modern classic 'fairie' tale, read by Derek Jacobi. Smith of Wootton Major journeys to the Land of Faery thanks to the magical ingredients of the Great Cake of the Feast of Good Children.

    Assignment Earth says: "so very happy that they've put this one up."
  • The Hobbit | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    Overall
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    Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

    Stephen says: "Enchanting children's tale, beautifully read"
  • Mr Bliss | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Mr Bliss

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Sir Derek Jacobi
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    Mr Bliss, a man notable for his immensely tall hats and for the girabbit in his garden, takes the whimsical decision to buy a motor car. But his first drive to visit friends quickly becomes a catalogue of disasters. Some of these could be blamed on Mr Bliss’s style of driving, but even he could not anticipate being hijacked by three bears.

  • Leaf by Niggle | J. R. R. Tolkien

    Leaf by Niggle

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
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    'Leaf by Niggle' recounts the strange adventures of the painter Niggle, who sets out to paint the perfect tree. But he senses that he will be snatched away from his work long before it is finished - if indeed it could ever be finished in this world. For it is in another and brighter place that Niggle finds his tree is finished and learns that it is indeed a real tree, a true part of creation.

    k says: "An unusual Tolkien tale"
  • The Hobbit (Dramatised) | J. R. R. Tolkien

    The Hobbit (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
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    The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax.

    barnes says: "An Old Favourite"
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