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The Lord of the Rings Audiobook

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

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Sturla Norway 03-03-16
    Sturla Norway 03-03-16 Member Since 2014
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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
    Joycinta Narre Warren, Australia 02-22-16 Member Since 2013

    I love romance and fantasy.

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    "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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    Karl 01-25-16
    Karl 01-25-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Lee-Anne 12-10-15
    Lee-Anne 12-10-15
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    "Great!!!"

    So lovely to listen to & so clear & enjoyable.

    Just struggling to get part 2. Frustrated

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    Kasper 06-28-15
    Kasper 06-28-15 Member Since 2015

    25YO psychologist, interested in Neuroscience, Neuropsychology and History.

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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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    Brian 05-15-15
    Brian 05-15-15 Member Since 2017
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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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    Dmitry 04-03-15
    Dmitry 04-03-15
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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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    D Blakemore 10-02-14
    D Blakemore 10-02-14
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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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    Sivitrii 09-01-14
    Sivitrii 09-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "First stage in an epic journey and story"
    What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings?

    The comprehensive world created by JRR Tolkien


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gandalf's humour, especially in relation to hobbits.


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

    The songs, they left me completely cold when I first (and second, and third) read this. He gave life to the songs and the snippets of other languages, really bringing the world into focus.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I couldn't help but smile at much of Sam's character, what he says, how he thinks, what he does. I was also surprised at several points, not having read the book for so long that things like the hobbit's knowledge of the ring took me by surprise.


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    James 07-08-14
    James 07-08-14
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    "The Ring sets out."
    What made the experience of listening to The Lord of the Rings the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable part of listening to this book is Rob Ingliss' excellent narration and character performances. He should not have sung the songs though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings?

    When the Hobbits meet Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. This is a wonderfully moment filled with J.R.R. Tolkien 's humour and Bombadil' s merry laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Just this, The Lord of the Rings is just one of the greatest stories ever told. Rob Ingliss' performance was excellent although it may not do Tolkien 's masterpiece justice. Then again who could have? Still an enjoyable listen.

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  • cloud9
    1/21/15
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    "Great Story but Irritating Delivery"

    Sadly, whilst the story is one of my all time favourites, I was not able to enjoy it due to the irritating delivery.

    My apologies to Rob Inglis who has a wonderful narrative voice. However, when it came to dialogue exchange his interpretation of accents spoilt the whole delivery. In this first book it appeared that Mr Inglis couldn't decide whether some characters were from Wales or the West Country! Either way the variety of high pitch narrative to distinguish between characters was really irritating. I appreciate it is difficult with so many characters in a storyline, but I found it all very disappointing and not enjoyable. Particularly in the last 2 hours of the book, when in the background I could hear, what sounded like female voices, chatting and cluncking around whilst the book was being narrated.
    A valiant attempt from Mr Inglis, but I'm afraid I won't be downloading any more of these books

    Maria, Devon

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie Simcox
    1/8/15
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie
    1/7/15
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    "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
  • David
    1/6/15
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    "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
  • Amazon Customer
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    1/6/15
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    "fellowship of the ring"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Janwisteria
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    12/30/14
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    "Brilliant"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Antti
    12/16/14
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    "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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    9/27/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. T.
    North Yorkshire UK
    9/10/14
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    "Oh no! NOT another song..."
    Would you listen to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 again? Why?

    Yes, it is one of my all-time favourites. I had read the book, the full 3 volumes of the actual book, more than 20 times before leaving home to go to music college: I kept count. I'm 55 now and have read it a few more times in the intervening years. The audio-book version is a real godsend now that my eyes are starting to struggle.


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

    I remember virtually all of it, so I can't answer this question.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    In my opinion as a musician... He should NEVER, NEVER have been asked to 'SING'. I found his singing utterly unlistenable, excruciating, even embarrassing and everywhere they occurred completely ruinous of the otherwise excellent reading. If only he had just read the songs as poems, which is what ALL actual readers have to do, all would have been well. Tolkien's lyrics are, in any case, the weakest part of his work. Moreover, music defines and describes an emotional landscape more precisely than words alone, essentially forcing one particular and narrow context. So in this reading, everyone, even the elves, seem to be from Cecil Sharp's and Vaughan Williams' South/West Country. WHAT A DISASTER! All the songs should be re-recorded with him simply reading the poems. If that were done, the reading would be really excellent: and I mean REALLY excellent.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes actually, there are several places, particularly near the end that make me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    This apples, I am VERY sorry to say, to all three books. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.This review is my opinion, so no 'hate' responses please.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah Tilsley
    UK
    1/9/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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