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The Fellowship of the Ring Audiobook

The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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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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    Michael 11-05-12
    Michael 11-05-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Finally Audible got it. What a great story!"
    If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

    It is a timeless classic. So much more here than the movies (still great) can get into. You get such deeper insight into the characters. It can be a bit more whimsical than the movies, if that is your only exposure to this story. Great narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam is still the unsung hero.


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

    There are a lot of different characters in this book, and Inglis does a great job at keeping them separate.


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

    There were times that it drug a little long, but over all it was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 11-13-12
    Mary H. Halvorson Portland, Oregon USA 11-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great reading - bad background noise"

    I really liked this book but I found parts distracting because I hear some background noise and even talking in the background in a few parts. In Chapter 3 about 1/3 of the way through there is someone talking in the background - like on the telephone. I was surprised that no one has edited that out. Maybe they can't or no one knew about it. Don't the editors listen to the whole story before they publish? I am disappointed because when you purchase an audible book you expect superior production.
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    When you get to Chapter 7 of the second book - the Two Towers - you will hear someone talking and a BLENDER going in the background. What is going on???!! Audible - get a new person in your quality control department!

    28 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-15-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2017

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Great Story, Good Narration"

    The Lord of the Rings is a true classic and if you have not experienced it (or only experienced the movies) this recording should be a wonderful experience. This recording includes the prefix and appendices (both at the end of the recording), which might be dry for some, but is great for LOTR geeks. Having an unabridged Lord of the Rings on Audible has been long awaited and is terrific. If I had not been exposed to the NPR/Minds-Eye production of this series I would have been pretty happy with the narration. The Minds-Eye production was abridged but was a really excellent performance. Rob Ingles’ narration is very good, and he does particularly well presenting the difficult epic poetry sections, but I did not much like his singing and overall a simple narration can’t compete with the Minds-Eye performances. Nevertheless I was very happy to have this excellent unabridged version. I started out a little unhappy with the narration, but as time went on I just became quite immersed in the story.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Holly SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 07-16-13
    Holly SAN MARCOS, CA, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Stellar Narration - So much better than the movie!"
    If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining beautiful story


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

    Stand By Me - This book was about the relationships of the hobbits and those they met along their journey. Their loyalty and love for each other kept them safe in perilous times which they were completely unprepared for in all ways other than spirit.


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

    Rob Inglis narration offers a deeper level to the story with the song, voices, language. One could not keep up with all the characters as well when reading especially Golum. Inglis brings a completely different level of creepy to his character that would not be possible reading the text. The songs would have much less meaning being read than hearing them.I have spoken to many people who have read the trilogy and found it difficult to follow and some gave up before finishing. I highly recommend listening to Inglis' version as I believe his talent sheds a new light on the story. By far exceeds the movies entertainment value.


    16 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Clay 02-16-14
    Clay 02-16-14
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    "Background noises and talking? Really?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    In several spots you can hear background noises: talking mostly. Like someone is in the next room talking on the phone. Very distracting and pulled me completely out of the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Inglis?

    I wouldn't go looking for books that he's narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed in Audible for allowing a 2nd rate recording of such a venerable title as LOTR.

    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Robin A. Gower Point Pleasant, NJ USA 02-19-13
    Robin A. Gower Point Pleasant, NJ USA 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

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    "The story than which there is no greater"
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    This is by far the most exciting, most literate, most frightening, most elevating, most imaginative, most humane story ever written.If you have only seen the film, well, too bad. All that remains to be said is that Rob Inglis' narration is masterful.If you have only one credit, use it here.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 12-30-12
    Tim United States 12-30-12 Member Since 2011

    I read nothing that is popular.

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    "Flashbacks to the Films"

    I can't help having flashbacks to the movie as I read "The Fellowship of the Ring." The audio book is so much better then the film. I cannot get enough with the singing of the reader. It's a bit annoying, but it's apart of the tale that I enjoy. I can't wait to finish off the series and share the trilogy to my family for many years to come. It's one of those books that never get dated. After reading The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, I'm really looking forward to the next two additions in the trilogy to find out what they missed in the movies.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julia 11-01-12
    Julia 11-01-12 Member Since 2013

    I listen to audiobooks on my commute and daily walks.

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    "The singing got to me"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is certainly a classic. However, now that I've listened to about half of the audiobook I remember that when I originally read it, I would often skip over the singing, finding it a bit much.

    I actually think the best variation of this classic is the extended edition of the movies. The audio version is just annoying.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-21-12
    Pamela Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-21-12
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    "Thank You Audible!"

    I first read the LOTR Trilogy as a young teen, while I was home with a bad cold. My mother was in the middle of The Fellowship and wouldn't give it up (and who could blame her?), so I started with The Two Towers. Talk about confusion!! I highly recommend listening to them in order. The Trilogy is one of the top books on my Desert Island Reading List.
    Many years later, I got this version of the audiobook on CD and played it to death. I loved the books and the movies, but hearing the stories really enhances the experience. I always felt these books were written to be read aloud. I have waited YEARS for Audible to add both the unabridged Trilogy and the Hobbit. Thank you Audible.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 01-09-15
    Jake 01-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A Great Adventure"

    Performance was a little choppy at times. I think it's just because it was an old book recording though so that could be why, but overall good story. I enjoyed it and I'll definitely be going on to the next one.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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