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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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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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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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  • Siri
  • Tromsø, Norway
  • 05-21-13

Bombadil

My loset character that is sorrily missed and I am aware that he is not that importent, but he was so different then all the other characters. I love the book and the reader is pleasant to listen to he sings the songs and he is steady in his Quenia.

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  • Von-Mari
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 01-30-13

Classic

What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings?

The story

What other book might you compare The Lord of the Rings to and why?

The Hobbit

What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

His voice

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There are movies of these books and it is wonderful to read it and compare it to the movies

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  • Ellen
  • Childers, Australia
  • 05-29-12

Lord of the rings

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings to be better than the print version?

I think the Audio is just as good.<br/>My eye sight has detiorated and have found audio books are good<br/>for that reason.<br/>I still love to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I mlike the hobbits,<br/>Being Little folk who are peaceful<br/>makes the intrest in the story <br/>also I like Aragon he is good as a king humble yet <br/>commanding when needed<br/>

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  • Mars
  • Durham, NC, United States
  • 04-02-12

Americans: Don't Buy!

Any additional comments?

You can't download the rest of the books if you live in the U.S., beware. All Americans who have downloaded this are stuck with only half a book.

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  • Jaime
  • mission texas, USA
  • 10-12-16

Es la versión mejor

El valor de la producción es excelente! La narrativa genial y las canciones, cantadas y los desenlaces y ganchos de la historia hasta con música! Una verdadera joya.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Can't get it here!

Evidently can't get it in Colorado, therefore hard to rate!

4 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • 09-01-13

Wicked writing

What made the experience of listening to The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 the most enjoyable?

The way Rob Inglis changed the accents for the characters

What did you like best about this story?

The action and the pursuit p

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Weather top

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

No

Any additional comments?

Brilliantly written and read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Barry
  • 04-13-13

Again great part of the series

Couldn't find the time to read the series & I decided to listen while running. Initially it feels slightly dated however I found myself griped after a while & found myself running more just to hear the stories through. Even the singing parts were ok albeit didn't add much to the story. I'd say if you like fantasy at all you have to read tolkeins work, or like me listen if you don't have the time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Aniko
  • 04-13-13

Review

Very good audiobook, easy to understand and enjoyable to listen to. Recommended for all Tolkien fans.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jakob
  • 04-13-13

Timeless classic

Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Libby
  • 04-13-13

Brilliant book

My Dad read the Lord of the Rings to me aged 7 and I loved it from then. Wonderful book for all ages. The audio book is well read and good quality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Josephine Dungey
  • 04-07-13

Another great tale by Tolkien

Like the Hobbit before it, I have grown up with The Lord of the Rings over the past 40 years and have never tired of it. It can be funny, sad and sometimes a bit scary. Tolkien's imagination was awesome and I have never found any other books that fire my imagination or keep my attention like these. Now I can listen to them where ever I am is such a bonus. Thank you audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • dean
  • 04-07-13

a classic which is nicely narrated

I read this as a child and read it again to my own children - and also bought them this audio version. It is difficult to imagine what people will make of the book having seen the films - my own view is that the books are far better. Much less emphasis on action sequences (though there are still plenty) and much more emphasis on character development and especially unfolding the history of the characters and the lands they travel through.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Aisha
  • 12-11-12

Incredible!

I love this audio book and all the other Lord of the Rings books read by Rob Inglis.

He has a calming and clear voice that really brings the songs of Tolkien to life. I have listened to it over and over again, a fantastic distraction during a boring night shift!

Thank you Mr Inglis!



Aisha.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly Rickard
  • 12-08-14

Really 2 credits for one book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 1 to be better than the print version?

No because I can buy the book for one price but have to use 2 credits for this one title

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aragorn

What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

Really good

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

Yes I love this book

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • cloud9
  • 01-21-15

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