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The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Two Towers.

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. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs.

Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

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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third book of the series

Audible have divided LOTR into six separate audiobooks. They aren't really separate books, but sections of the same book, so you need to read them in order, they won't make sense otherwise. This is the third book. (Start with "Fellowship of the Ring book 1")

Rob Inglis has a very traditional english voice and reads in a very measured way. I am a fan of Tolkien, and enjoy this reading, but if you have only seen the films, you may find it a bit slow.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Magical

Rob Inglis delivers this classic with feeling and authority; a riveting tale from start to finish.

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beautiful

The best story I've read, the two towers was amazing and great narrating as well.

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quality reading

there is music that is annoying at the beginning and end of the books, but overall bearable and with the saved money

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absolutely perfect

If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

I love the narration by Rob Inglis, the story is ofcourse amazing it's such ashame the rights to this book are not available in my country any more.

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The two towers, part I

Superb rendition of one of my favorite tales, excellent narration, the Ents came alive for me here -performance well done.

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Ents FTW !!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's a classic and epic tale that everyone should enjoy.

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

The meeting of Rohan's riders and the remaining members of the 9 Walkers.

Which scene was your favorite?

Every scene with Treebeard, including those being described by Pippin and Merry.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Many sections needed to be listened to in one sitting, but the story overall is far too long for that to be an option.

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Fool of a Took!

If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

Greatest book ever.

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

No other book can compare. George R R Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series comes closest, followed by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The Lord of the Rings stands far above them all.

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

When Merry and Pippin escape from the Orcs into Fangorn forest and meet Treebeard. The dialogue that takes place in this chapter is full of humour and is one of most memorable moments. The Hobbits grow taller as a result of drinking the draught given to them and their hair becomes curlier. Treebeard and the ents decide to attack Isengard.

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  • Siri
  • Tromsø, Norway
  • 04-25-13

Classic

I remember reading this when I was younger I used a year to read the hole thing and I am a better person for it. It is a grate book that all should read.

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  • KathrynS
  • 01-31-15

How can I review this?

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

The Two Towers is darker and more exciting than The Fellowship of the Ring. Equally well written, it is part of a modern great.

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

It is all brilliant!

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Inglis?

Yes, as long as he didn't sing. The songs were a little painfully cringe inducing to me.

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

I always love this book.

Any additional comments?

I wish that I had never read it so that I could discover it all over again.

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  • DJ Morpheus
  • 01-23-10

One 'Book' To Rule Them All!

WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.

If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.

Absolutely brilliant!

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  • alex sykes
  • 03-22-17

awesome just awesome

really great, read brilliantly with excellent voices, such a versatile performer, rob inglis has a unique talent

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  • Zedzano
  • 02-20-17

Brilliant!

This is brilliant to hear, I do not have the time to read the book but hearing it allows me to work and enjoy the tales! It also helps because now I have a reference point for the pronunciation of certain names and places!

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  • James B.
  • 01-12-17

Great series

Great story, this book has everything, What a cliff hanger!

Bring on The Return of the King!

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  • Jack jollyroger.Tanner
  • 11-24-16

Awesome

Better than the first book some how . Reader is excellent and brings the characters and world alive

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  • Christopher
  • 09-26-14

Action Packed!

Story – 5/5

If you have been waiting for the action, this is the book where a lot of it starts happening – epic battles, minor scouting skirmishes, chases – it will keep you hooked from start to finish. We establish new races and army factions from middle earth, all as detailed as the last. The story is also split now amongst 3 different story arcs, each just as interesting as the next, which allows us to see the bigger picture of the war in midde-earth

As usual, Tolkien’s prose is superb. He creates such a complex and detailed world without it being taxing for the reader. As the godfather of modern fantasy, this series is a must for all fantasy fans, and far superior to the films if you have already enjoyed those. There is so much more to learn and understand that the films had to skip over. A well deserved 5/5 stars – for it’s influence on the genre alone if nothing else.


Performance – 4/5

Rob Inglis does a very good job with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He describes a detailed and complex world so well, making it an incredibly easy listen. I did feel that his character voices could have been a little more distinguishable, but his acting of them was done extremely well.


Overall – 4.5/5

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  • Cerebum
  • 07-25-16

excellent

this is quite an old recording of the Lord of The Rings but the sound quality is fine and Rob Inglis did an excellent job of bringing the book to life. this will be in my audio library for years and will often be dusted off for a revisit to my beloved Middle Earth

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Knucklebones
  • 04-23-13

Great story but flawed narrator

Rob Inglis has quite a mellow voice so it's easy enough to listen to, but I didn't find his narration to be top-class. Too often he puts an incongruous emphasis on characters' words or feelings which kept pulling me up short. It's as though he sometimes forgot the context and just read the words any-old-how. I've listened to the complete set of LoTR and Hobbit audiobooks narrated by him, and it's the same in all of them. Quite an irritating flaw, and one which marks them down from a full 5-star listen.

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  • Antti
  • 01-08-15

Dealings With Wizards

I really like Peter Jackson's films, and they offer an invaluable point of comparison in terms of narrative flow and dynamics of the story, and how those narrative goals of the author or director are achieved in two different media. Sure, the films deviate from the books, but I'm not interested in fidelity in itself – only when it makes for good cinema. The same goes with books based on films.

It's a simple question of translation, really. Howard Goldblatt, who has translated many Chinese works into English, among them Mo Yan, once said in an interview that when one is reading Mo Yan in English, one is really reading Goldblatt. I think it saves me many a night's sleep to see this difference between one medium and another, and the problems of translation inherent in each.

The crossroads of "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" is a very meaty moment for comparisons. Jackson decided to include the first chapter of this book in the first film despite also dwelling more on the Uruk-hai attack and Boromir's role in it. Tolkien on the other hand lets Frodo and Sam get away and end there. The very beginning is brilliant, the remaining members of the fellowship doing some detective work tracing the tracks.

Both solutions work, I think, since they are the two grand climaxes at the intersection of the two books. On one hand, it is Frodo's escape, Sam's loyalty and their friendship that will face almost certain death, just the two of them; on the other, it's the tragic effect the ring has to the world of men, their dominions pestered by orc attacks, and the growing influence of dark creatures in the land. Here again the two worlds, that of hobbits and of men, meet. Jackson's solution works in filmic terms because it sets in motion the two escapades that dominate the following films, but Tolkien's is more intimate to my mind, and the opening of "The Two Towers" is very powerful indeed.

As for the rest of the book, the highlight for me has always been the confrontation with Saruman. Although I understand the reasoning behind the film version in introducing Saruman so early in "The Fellowship of the Ring", in Tolkien it's dramatically a very powerful moment when we arrive at Isengard to confront him, since we've been hearing so much about him already. He's a compelling character more than anything else, and considering that his army has already been defeated and his Isengard is in ruins, he remains a threatening presence to the very end. It is, in some ways, an anticlimax, sure, to see him already in the jaws of defeat, and I remember longing to have seen him at the peak of his powers.

Other nice moments is especially the heist of the orcs, and the hobbits' sojourn through Fangorn, but I'm finding it very difficult to get fired up by the Rohan storyline, including the battle of Helm's Deep, which, thankfully, is not as detailed as in the films.

The story revolving around the Palantír is also brilliant, evocative literature. This is where Tolkien's route of keeping Saruman from us so far pays off doubly, since he hasn't had to reveal the Palantír's function to at all, not even mention the whole thing. It's a wonderful, mysterious object, and Pippin's descent into incurable and mad curiosity becomes deeper and so much more dangerous because we are not quite sure what the thing does.

The last paragraph is, as usual, devoted to Inglis. It's an admirable feat to keep such a narrative together with such a multitude of different characters. He makes it all sound so easy and natural, which itself is a task unimaginably difficult to pull off properly. A great narrator.

Off to Book IV!

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  • Melistopher
  • 05-24-17

In the midst of an epic tale from Middle Earth

The second book in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy picks up the pace & increases the tension of the diverging narratives with the Fellowship of the Ring broken. The ring bearer continues hopelessly towards Mordor while the remainder of the company roam urgently throughout Rohan & Gondor. Even though the book is roughly the same length as the 'Fellowship of the Ring', it feels shorter. The first part of the 'Two Towers' is filled with plenty of action & adventure that moves along at a swift pace, while the second part relaxes the pace of action, but not the adventure. The epic tale is narrated & occasionally sung enthusiastically by Rob Inglis, who again breathes life into the various characters. It's a very easy listen for those already invested in the epic tale & ends too soon when the climax ends in a cliff hanger.

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  • Ben
  • 05-23-17

It's getting darker...

The Fellowship is broken. The story is going down a dark road. Can be hard to listen to it at times.

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  • Corne
  • 08-06-16

Good detail

Read slightly slow for my liking but the voices are briliant and really help to follow the story

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  • Jayne
  • 06-24-16

Second drags

I have always found the Two towers a hard read and it's been hard to listen to as well. It drags

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  • Lyndon
  • 03-13-15

WHY OH WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG!!!

After being intimidated by the books for many years and not being a great fan of the fantasy genre I finally bit the bullet and listened to this audio. WHY OH WHY did I not read this book earlier? It is wonderful, engaging, creative and had me captivated from the very beginning.

Tolkien builds his world with words so brilliantly you can not help but engage with it and be a part of it.

Bring on part 2!!

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  • David
  • 06-13-17

classic, told in the best way possible

I absolutely loved this, the narration really brings the story to life, could not stop listening.

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  • kayleigh
  • 05-08-17

lotr 2t

Would you listen to The Two Towers again? Why?

yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

gimli he funny and honest

What three words best describe Rob Inglis’s performance?

contextually relevant but changes voice for same character so sometimes confusing

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

entmoot

Any additional comments?

nah

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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