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Publisher's Summary

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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The songs were some of my favorite parts. It's lovely to hear them sang.

Listening to this book while riding through the countryside has been a phenomenal experience. The reader is charming to listen to and easy to understand even when speaking elvish.

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Disappointing narrator for a timeless tale

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fellowship of the Ring to be better than the print version?

No. The narrator ruined the story. He has made it very very hard to follow

What other book might you compare The Fellowship of the Ring to and why?

Harry Potter for its complexly woven plots, amazing character building.

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

Jim Dale. Please.

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I simply am not able finish this story in audio version. The narrator is horrible. He has made the characters appear lame, dull, uninspiring. At times I cannot tell by his voice if they are joking or are serious; and actually had to re-listen to make full sense of the scene!!! Most of the time they sound like they are complaining or are on the verge of crying. So disappointed. Perhaps after listening Harry potter's audio rendition by Jim Dale I think I am spoilt for good.I am not able to enjoy the story at all. Sigh. All I have been doing is going back and forth tying to make sense of the story!

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great unabridged reading

I was warry about the reader from other reviews but I did. it have a hard time following him at all. I thought the characters were easily distinguishable and it was a pleasure to listen to. I couldn't turn it off!

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Great Narration

Love the extras and this version of narration. This story is timeless and it has saved me on many long car trips.

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whst a great book!

this is a great story and great narrator! loved every minute and cant wait for the next one!

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totally enjoyed this book

I would recommend that everyone read/or listen to this book. As there is great entertainment, life lessons and heat to the story.

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Wonderful

I loved the audio version. I've struggled gout many years to read this book but now with this version I finally finished it.

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It's the LOTR.

Need I say more? The narrator did a fantastic job. I highly recommend it. Will be getting the next two books.

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Great Book, very detailed. Tolkein was an genius

Classic Tolkein, so much detail. Samwise would be a wonderful friend in real life. Oh the imagination of the author.

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One of my favorite series.

Great in every way. One of my all time favorite books and series. Highly recommended.