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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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  • Mike
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 10-11-12

A PURE Classic!!!!

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

This is the best! Rob Ingles is excellent. His performance is as if JRR Tolkien was reading it himself.

What did you like best about this story?

Enjoyed the entire story and narration.

Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to The Hobbitt - also highly recommend,

25 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Finally. The Hobbit and LOTR Unabridged on Audible

Well, first, I would like to both thank Audible for finally making this available, and alternately curse them for doing so at a time when they're making so many other great books available (Gardens of the Moon, for one). Needless to say, all others will have to wait until I'm done listening to these.
Second, I have to admit that I've just started listening to it, but so far, I must say that I'm entirely impressed by Mr. Inglis' reading. Nice, clear voice, good differentiation of the different characters.
Third, like many others, I read "The Hobbit" and this trilogy as a pre-teenager about 30 years ago. I loved it. I honestly don't think you can consider yourself a fantasy fan if you haven't read these books. They are, simply put, amazing. I eagerly watched all the movies and was very impressed with those as well. Except for "The Hobbit", of course. Now, I finally have a chance to listen to them in audio, and unabridged!
Again, thank you Audible... now, if you could just get "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" by Tad Williams, I'd be even happier!

36 of 45 people found this review helpful

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My husband like it better

I think this is one of the wordy books that just works better for me to read it than hear it, and there are a few of those. My husband enjoyed the experience more than I did, maybe because he could empathize with the narrator a bit better.

Mr. Inglis came across a bit like an aged (though professional) fan-boi as he was reading, and it had the same effect for me as someone trying not to laugh at their own joke - a bit too eager, a bit too excited, a bit too, too much for a first time listener to catch the funny part of the joke.

That made it harder for me to pay attention to the story - especially with all the funky linguistics - which made the story have less impact. Knowing how much everyone else I know who has read the story has enjoyed it, I'm figuring I'll get to bump up the story rating after I actually read it for myself.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Slow and a bit boring

I am a fan but listening to the story was a chore. If you seen the movie before reading the book, don't expect to see cannon

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 10-25-14

One Ring to Rule Them All...

The last time I "read" The Fellowship of the Ring, I read it out loud to my daughter at bed time. Took several months, reading a handful of pages each night. That was about a dozen years ago. Prior to that, I read the entire trilogy about a dozen times, but that was back in my youth in the 60s and 70s, when I re-read it every summer (yeah, yeah, go ahead and mock me, I'd do the same). So no surprise that I jumped at listening to the audiobook when I got the chance.

So who are you and what can I tell you about Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy? Chances are, you already know all about The Lord of the Rings, in which case there's not much I can add other than critique the narration (see below). If you've never heard of LOTR, you've either been living under a rock for the past half century, or you're too young to read, in which case, all I can say is, READ IT (as soon as you can get out from under your rock, or when you're old enough to read big boy books).

Perhaps you've seen the movie trilogy and are wondering whether it's worth your time to read (listen to) the books, no small consideration given the total length of The Hobbit and LOTR tops 65 hours. I would strongly recommend that you at least read The Fellowship. I always loved it the best because it takes place at more of a, uh, I can't say human level because they're mostly not human, but you get more of a feel for individual characters and specific settings, the remaining books operating on a more epic scale.

And a lot of that character development and scene/mood setting occurs in passages (entire chapters, actually) left out of the movie. The film version of The Hobbit, an as yet unfinished trilogy, contains far more material than the book (including some sections originally in The Fellowship). The movie versions of The Two Towers and The Return of the King may be structured in a different manner than the books, but the events are pretty much all there.

By contrast, there are substantial portions of The Fellowship completely omitted by the movie, including four consecutive chapters in Book 1 along with most of a fifth -- when the hobbits approach Buckland with the Black Riders in pursuit, meet Old Man Willow and Tom Bombadil in the Old Forest, and encounter the barrow-wight on the Barrow Downs. To keep the movie length manageable, it was determined that these adventures did not further the story of the ring. I don't disagree with the decision, despite my disappointment especially with the loss of the magical Tom Bombadil and his companion Goldberry.

Here then is your main reason to read The Fellowship if you've only seen the movie. There are also major scenes omitted from the fellowship's journey through Moria, Lothlorien, and down the Anduin from Book 2, as well as major passages of lore from The Council of Elrond and other similar discussions. And then there are the many Tolkien songs sung a capella by narrator Rob Inglis to tunes he and his producer wrote. Personally, I found the songs tedious and the recording (done a quarter century ago) crude by today's audiobook standards, so I took a star off Inglis's otherwise legendary recitation.

For Tolkien fans looking for a new way to enjoy his best work, or for others willing or desiring to see what the fuss is all about, this audiobook is a perfect way to follow the adventures of Frodo and his hobbit friends as they make their way across the Shire, through the Old Forest to Bree, on to the magical valley of Rivendell, into the mines of Moria and the enchanated woodland of Lothlorien, and down the Great River toward Gondor and Mordor, along the way meeting Tolkien's version of wizards, elves, dwarves, trolls, wraiths, wights, orcs, balrogs, wargs, and all sorts of men, strange, heroic, devious, and jolly.

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  • Crystal
  • Bakers Settlement, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 03-29-15

Expected something more exciting...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator killed it for me. The voices weren't all that different and sometimes we're confused with one another. The singing near drove me insane. The story could have been made exciting and even frightening in the hands of the right reader.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The scope of the mythical world Tolkien created is mesmerizing. Unfortunately, I was distracted by the abundance of place names, strange words, languages, and the apparent need for so much poetry and song.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was monotone in his delivery and couldn't keep the voices he used for the characters consistent. What could have been wickedly fascinating was made dull.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I definitely preferred the movie to the book.

Any additional comments?

This is such a shame! Having recently listened to Daniel Pittu's incredible reading of "The Goldfinch" I suppose my standards for one mans creation of a variety of character voices had been raised.

30 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Not good Narrating

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Just because the narrarator has a british accent does not make him good. This was suppose to be a very exciting book but was dulled down by a monotone narrarator. Would not reccomend. Better off just reading the actual book/ebook.

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  • Kevin
  • Mount Airy, NC, United States
  • 08-22-13

...no knowing where you might be swept off to.

Having listened to the entire series starting with The Hobbit, and continuing through The Lord of the Rings series, it is difficult to review each book only on its own merit, as they are each part of grand story. Truly an example of the sum being greater than its parts.

Bilbo's part in the tale of the one ring is over, and Frodo's begins. There is quite a bit in the books that the films left out, that add so much to the story. Characters that are far older than Sauron, Gandalf and Elrond. They have been largely forgotten by the realms in Middle Earth, but still have their parts to play (for good or ill) in the Fellowship's battle against the forces of Sauron .

Please indulge yourself and experience the complete unabridged performance of the beginning of the LOTR trilogy. Rob Inglis does an admirable job with both the narration and the songs. As tempting as it might be to skip over some of the songs, they do contain nuggets of information that hep to more completely flesh out the storyline.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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I Couldn't Bear It In High School, Either

I realize I'm virtually alone in disliking this book, so I thought I'd give it a try in audio form. It's even worse in this format because the recording doesn't skip over those interminable songs. The story seems pointless and dull, and the characters are uninteresting and uninspired. There are far too many words. I usually listen to Audible 3-4 hours a day, but this book was such a chore that I couldn't stand more than 15 minutes, and not even that much some days. I eventually got through half of it but had to move on to something else. Sorry.

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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We all know this is excellent

Fantastic and amazing! I can't wait to listen to the other two books read by the same person.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful