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The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring.

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.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

Don't miss the rest of Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.
©1954, 1966 The Trustees of the J.R.R. Tolkien 1967 Settlement; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK

Critic Reviews

"An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent." (The Observer)
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Wonderful!

A perfect reading of Tolkien's masterpiece!
I would recommend this audiobook for any Tolkien fan! The narration is wonderful and in a very pleasant dialect, the pacing is great and nothing is omitted from the book. As an added bonus, the songs are sung, some with Tolkien's melodies, and some with melodies written for the audiobook.
The story in itself is wonderful, with fleshed out characters and a world carved out to the slightest detail. I haven't read the book, but considering this is unabridged, I reckon everything is as it should be. The voices for each characters fit nicely with how I would have imagined them.
All in all, this book is an absolute treasure, and if you prefer audiobooks over printed books, I would definitely recommend this one.

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So many songs

Excellent book but I forgot how many songs were in it. It seems the JRR was attempting an art within an art.

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Excellent

Great narration of a great story. Not much more to say, really. I listen to this every now and then. The films do not do the books (nor audiobooks) justice.

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  • Joycinta
  • Narre Warren, Australia
  • 02-22-16

A lovely telling of this tale

I enjoyed the narrator very much. The story itself has very interesting characters and moves along so well you hardly notice your time going by. It's very easy to get lost in this world.

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You realize why these books are so long

You really do realize why these books are so long, after you hear the insane amount of songs. I do believe Tolkien at times wanted to be an artist, and not a writer because this is insane! The performance is great though, and over all the book is great!

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Great!!!

So lovely to listen to & so clear & enjoyable.

Just struggling to get part 2. Frustrated

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Very exciting to listen to

I really enjoyed listening to this audio. The narrator is talented and interprets the book very well. Tolkien of course is an artist and I can't wait to spend my next credit on the second part.

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A must read for fantasy fans

Epic fantasy
This is the book so many fantasy authors has taken as the standard

It's a must read ! Epic story

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Thoroughly enjoyable.

A great story narrated by a very good narrator. Having listened to that, I could hardly be impressed more... For what it's worth, I can't say that the movie itself was ever able to do anything like that to me.

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Excellent narration

Would you listen to The Lord of the Rings again? Why?

I have loved The Lord of the Rings since I first read it in the 70s and have read it many times since. This narration by Rob Inglis really brings it to life and I have noticed things in the description of the story that I haven't noticed before in my own readings.

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  • KathrynS
  • 01-31-15

How can you review this?

If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

Amazing, a beginning, a saga that has been with me since I was 7 and will stay fresh for me for a long time to come.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1?

It was brilliant to rediscover one of my favourite books through audio.

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

The performance of the songs is a little cringeworthy in my opinion, but there is always the skip button. He did use a number of different voices to distinguish between the characters but they weren't always consistent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The songs made me want to use the skip button...

Any additional comments?

I love this book, Inglis is an interesting narrator, and I enjoyed the overall experience.

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  • H W Bruce
  • 01-24-15

Lord of the rings!

Where does The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's an old recording by the sound of it but it doesn't matter however it could put some people off. I can't see why it's been done on two in parts that put me off but come on its lord of the rings so I had to get it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gandalf because he's a wizard and it's Gandalf.

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

he sounds like an old school master reading to a class I enjoyed this.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Three hours of sword fighting.

Any additional comments?

One thing I will say is this if you like to lesson to audible in bed.....don't fall asleep it can take forever getting back to the point you remember before dropping off if you haven't bookmarked it.

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  • Jamie Simcox
  • 01-08-15

Excellent!

I don't usually listen to audiobooks, and only downloaded this as part of the free trial. I was delighted with the quality, and Inglis was an excellent reader. 5 stars!

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  • Melanie
  • 01-07-15

Wonderful start to a great story

My favourite story and love being read to can't wait to listen to the next instalment. Part two here I come...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 01-06-15

Lord or the rings

Great narrator! !
I would definitely recommend to a friend. I will be buying the two towers asap!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-15

fellowship of the ring

Tolkien is without doubt the master story teller dragging you into his world and leaving you begging for more.

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  • Janwisteria
  • 12-30-14

Brilliant

I like all these. Well read. Good sound quality. Seem to have to fill this space with something so here we go!

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  • Antti
  • 12-16-14

Marvelous Creation

I read "The Lord of the Rings" for the first time in 1999 or 2000, when I was twelve or thirteen, and revisited it a few years later when the films were huge hits and everybody was reading the books anyway. It's over ten years ago. I read "The Hobbit" too during that period, in fact it was one midsummer night, and if you know anything about midsummer in Finland, you'll know the nights are bright. I started reading in the evening, lying in bed, and couldn't stop. I had no clock, and looking out I had no idea what time it was. Then I realized I had read the whole thing, and found out it was about five o'clock in the morning. One of the most enjoyable reads I've had, easy to say.

I revisited "The Hobbit" two years ago, around the time the first film came out, and was pleasantly surprised by its strength as an individual work, a quality dimmed by the passing years. It's high time, then, to revisit the longer unexpected journey, which in my mind is now so soaked in the narrative solutions of the film versions that it'll be interesting to see the story through.

So instead of three, we get to use six credits if we want the whole thing. Never mind you can get all fifty hours of "Against the Day" for one credit, or sixty hours of "War and Peace" for two. I think "The Hobbit" is a better deal still, though, so I would go for it if I were you. Two credits for 11 hours are credits well spent.

But of course I used the six credits for this. Of course! The good thing about the three books having been split into six parts is that I'll get the chance to really go over the top and take my time with the books, and harass you with endless, speculative rumblings muttered in the corner of The Prancing Pony that nobody pays any attention to. That's the proper thing to do, I think, since the books themselves take their time in not only getting things going keeping them so. In fact, if one is accustomed to the fast-paced film versions (this is argued for and against, but I think they really are fast-paced), one might be shocked at how leisurely Tolkien makes his journey. On one hand one is truly immersed in the world he has created, and since part of the fun and I think the writer's point is to march us through this marvelous creation, this works wonderfully. The Shire becomes a real place that we can care for, since we spend so much time there, since Tolkien also dwells in the matters of the hobbits in his introductions. On the other, there are moments where it seems the narrative merely plods along. I am seriously wondering about Tom Bombadil, for example. I'm not too fond of the Old Forest episode with Bombadil, and especially since he's completely beyond the effect of the ring, he becomes redundant rather quickly, even to the extent that he's explicitly written off from the story in "The Council of Elrond" as exactly that, superfluous . I understand the need for exciting adventure, but for me he's more of a red herring, although I remember liking him a lot when I first read the book, and having been shocked to learn he would be cut from the film version.

Bombadil's presence in the story is needed from the travelogue perspective, though. When they hit the road, there's an awful lot of traveling from one place to another, since Tolkien has to have the pieces moving, and I understand that the adventure in the Old Forest gives a nicer rhythm to the story that finds its culmination with their arrival at Rivendell; Bombadil, Bree and Weathertop serve as useful watersheds, since sandwiched between "The Shadow of the Past" and "Many Meetings" is a great deal moving the necessary pieces around the board.

All this does pay off in "The Council of Elrond", though, where Gandalf gives his account of his journeys, and the conflict with Saruman. The effect when one realizes how their paths *didn't* cross is powerful.

Since it is my intention to write on all six audiobooks, you'll hear me singing Rob Inglis' praises quite a bit. His narrator voice suits Tolkien's tempo well, his Gandalf is spot on, and he doesn't overdo any of the characters for contrast's sake, something I find in Dotrice's interpretations of Martin's epic. And he sings brilliantly! The songs, and there are many, are not read as mere fillers, which they're not, but Inglis gives them life that reveals them as the integral parts of narrative that they are. Brilliant!

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  • Amy
  • 09-27-14

Really does it justice!

What did you like most about The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1?

The songs! The songs! 'O, Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadil-o!'

Any additional comments?

This is a masterful rendition of a true classic. Also, there is a very interesting introduction - if you're into that sort of thing.

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  • Sarah Tilsley
  • 01-09-14

Good

I watched the movies at the cinema when they came out, but never read the book. I wanted to read the book to see the differences and decided that the audible audiobook copy would be a great way to do that. I'm glad that I did. The narrator was good and the story was interesting. It was a good listen and one that I would recommend and wouldn't hesitate to listen to again.

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  • Asha
  • 12-29-16

Fantastic Book!

This magical tale is read wonderfully and is definitely worth listening to. They managed to capture the essence of a whimsical story without making it sound forced or tacky, thank you and I would definitely recommend! 😋

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  • Craig
  • 10-14-16

Good book

Good book, but man do the songs drag on. Still, happy to have finished a classic.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Minh
  • 03-17-16

Fighting

U really have to listen or u will 4get what is happening, have to go back to c wat is happening

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Julion
  • 02-07-15

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The narrators inability to sing the poems very well made it hard to take them seriously. Also, I thought I had paid for the whole book but only part 1...
The rest of the narration was good.

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  • Gracious
  • 04-27-15

A rambling tale

An average 1 hour per chapter was too long. This reading should have been cut into smaller portions of about 10 or 15 minutes, making more frequent natural "end of chapter" breaks for the phone app.

2 of 12 people found this review helpful