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Inspired by The Hobbit and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy that J.R.R. Tolkien created to provide "the necessary background of history for Elvish tongues". From these academic aspirations was born one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature.

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.

In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien's great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe – hobbits, elves, and wizards – step colorfully into life. Rob Inglis' narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

©1983 Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R.Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R.Tolkien (P)1990 Recorded Books

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  • L. N.
  • New Hampshire
  • 10-10-12

At last - The Definitive Recording!

There are a number of Lord of the Rings recordings out there, including a superb dramatization by the BBC. But there is only ONE set of unabridged recordings of the trilogy -- from Recorded Books and read by Rob Inglis. For many years, I've treasured the set of these recordings I have on compact disc. But never before now have I been able to find them for audio download -- until now!!! Words cannot express how thrilled I am to listen to the Lord of the Rings on my iPod (and on my Kindle too!) Audible members who have never yet heard the saga read in its entirety, you are in for a very special treat indeed! In a whole new way will you enjoy the story you've read years ago and have seen transformed into the motion pictures. It'll be almost as if you're experiencing the story for the very first time.

140 of 150 people found this review helpful

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  • Jodie
  • UNION CITY, CA, United States
  • 02-11-13

Not enjoying the narrator

What did you love best about The Fellowship of the Ring?

I love this story for it's timelessness, and I love seeing how other stories across the decades have been inspired by it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rob Inglis’s performances?

No. While I felt he was a good fit for the story, I still found him incredibly boring.

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

No, much like the Fellowships journey, I wanted it to go on and just savor it.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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Greatest Book, with the finest reading

What made the experience of listening to The Fellowship of the Ring the most enjoyable?

The audiobook doesn't let you skip or skim the songs (or the whole Tom Bombadil section); the result is that you experience the book as Tolkien intended it.

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

Rob Inglis's reading is superb on general principles - he distinguishes characters well and interprets them beautifully. But the best surprise is the authenticity and quality of his rendering of Tolkien's many songs. Heroic when that's appropriate; funny or moving or spiritual by turns, this is an effect you can't produce for yourself in a silent reading. (And Tolkien heard and authorized some of Inglis's tunes.)

91 of 99 people found this review helpful

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Will the poems and songs ever end?! Please, end!

Middle Earth is a fantastic world to get lost in and I loved all the time spent with world-building. What I didn't like is how longwinded the poems are. You have forgotten you are listening to the book, you've become one of the fellowship, then suddenly you realize that Gandolf has been reciting the same sonnet for, what feels like, the last million years. Tolkien must have been a talker because most of his characters can't shut up. It's a wonder that Sauron needed spies because the Fellowship is LOUD!

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • Dallas
  • 02-26-13

Epic Fantasy's Heritage

I should start off by saying I am a huge fan of epic fantasy. The longer, and more epic, the better. And I believe The Lord of the Rings really gave birth to the genre.

If you are a fan of any fantasy genre, you should read or listen to these books. I hadn't until they were recently released on Audible, and must say I have mixed feelings. It was quite interesting to see some proto-forms of tools modern authors employ frequently, and this gives me better insight into how the modern authors work.

The story, to me, was a bit boring and too full of songs. The narrator does an excellent job singing the songs and reciting the poetry, and overall does a quite good job with the books.

I am glad the series is finally available on Audible so we can see where it all started with ease. I think anybody who enjoys Fantasy Novels should listen to The Lord of the Rings books - just don't expect them to blow you away.

Worth the credits? Absolutely. Worth the time? Probably. Best books ever? Unfortunately, no.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic story, mediocre narration

Obviously the story is fantastic; however, the narration is mediocre at best. The narrator constantly draws deep breaths and smacks his lips during the reading. These sounds are annoying and distracting. Also, the narrator distinguishes little between character voices and he has very little dramatic range or sense. Lou Diamond Phillips has been the best narrator I have heard. If he is a 10, this narrator is a 5. Nevertheless, it's still worth the listen and the purchase if $12 or less.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

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great story but...

Love the story, but I personally found the narrator voice grating. I also hated the abundance of ryms in the story. I also feel that the reader lacked any sort of emotion and instead read it like it was a instructions manual.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Decent except for

Too many annoying/verbose songs that really don't add all that much to it. Other than that it's very good.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Great story, boring delivery

I knew going in that it was going to be a chore to listen to, but the narrator made it so difficult to concentrate on the story. He added no emotion to the characters or scenes. I probably will not be listening to another of his recordings.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Love the story, narration, not so much

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

Heroic quest epic.

What did you like best about this story?

This has always been one of my favorite stories, from childhood. It's always delightful to reread it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

I don't know who I would prefer, but Rob Inglis is just not working for me. He did The Hobbit. Now I've got three LOR rings with him, and I just don't like his characterizations or the way he emphasizes his sentences. Plus, he's slow. Yes, you can speed it up a bit, but then it's off.

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

Yes.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-17

A classic story wonderfully told

This may be my favourite book, and the narrator is wonderful, even though some of his choices are not as I would have read them, but it's only a minor nitpick. If you've only​ ever seen the movie, do yourself a favour and pick up this audiobook now.