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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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    L. N. New Hampshire 10-10-12
    L. N. New Hampshire 10-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "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.

    118 of 126 people found this review helpful
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    Orson 11-05-12
    Orson 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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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.)


    71 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-17-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Classic Done Right"

    This book marks the beginning of Frodo the Hobbit's quest to resolve the question of the Ring of Power which hangs over the fate of Middle Earth like a menacing cloud. I read this book over 40 years ago and it has headed up (together with the others in the trilogy) my list of books to be stranded on a desert island with ever since.

    Although the fantasy genre predates The Lord of the Rings, it is no exaggeration to say that Tolkien's books inspired the tsunami of fantasy fiction which is with us even today. More than once, I have read some particularly dreadful specimen of the same and thought to myself that J.R.R. Tolkien has a lot to answer for (tongue-in-cheek) but his genius speaks for itself and is recognized today. When I was in college, stating that The Lord of the Rings was a great work of fiction elicited (from my English professors) stares of incomprehension from some and mild contempt from others. As Norman Cantor has remarked, however, it is the reading public that determines whether a work is great or not and by that standard The Lord of the Rings is now a classic.

    Rob Inglis is able to do the series full justice. Not only is he a superb narrator, but he can sing which is important in a work with such an emphasis on songs and music (not always the case.. sometimes I've cringed in sympathetic embarrassment as a narrator, competent in other respects, attempted to sing or chant his/her way through a song with dismal results).

    In short, you can't go wrong with this series, particularly if you like stories about quests or knightly adventures. There's very little in the way of boy-girl romance however and no sex so readers who like plenty of that in their fiction may want to look elsewhere.

    39 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    David Costa Espinho, -- Portugal 07-12-13
    David Costa Espinho, -- Portugal 07-12-13
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    "Perhaps my favorite narrator ever"
    Would you listen to The Fellowship of the Ring again? Why?

    Yes, for sure. It was just a pleasure to listen to it. The narrator made it so captivating... Even though the book is of course from The Lord of The Rings series and wouldn't need further reasons to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fellowship of the Ring?

    Surprisingly the songs. I loved that the narrator managed to put into melody the songs on the book and actually sing them.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    Elrond. Perhaps because of the contrast with the Elrond from the movies. Rob's voice for this character was lighter and melodious.


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

    If I could, I would, but it's a bit too long for me to listen in one sitting :)


    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-29-17
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-29-17 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "YOU SHOULDN'T LISTEN TO ALL YOU HEAR"

    IT'S DANGEROUS BUSINESS GOING OUT YOUR DOOR.
    I read the hard back, I have listened all the way through, and I have given up twice. It is weird when a book so loved, does nothing for you. You wonder, is it me? The quotes from the book are great, I could write down quotes all day. The movie was fantastic. I can't get interested in the characters or the story. It would be sacrilege, I know, but I would love to have this story rewritten by someone who is good at bringing characters to life, such as Robin Hobb or Brandon Sanderson. If your like me and don't like this, don't worry, you are not alone, but you might not want to repeat it or write a review to be read by fanatics.

    IT IS SAID "YOU DO NOT GO TO THE ELVES FOR ADVICE, FOR THE WILL SAY BOTH YES AND NO."

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    Brad Grafton, MA United States 10-09-12
    Brad Grafton, MA United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2016

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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!

    35 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 10-11-12
    Michael Indianapolis, IN, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "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,


    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Mount Airy, NC, United States 08-22-13
    Kevin Mount Airy, NC, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "...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.

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    Danielle France 05-03-17
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    "Dull, slow, boring. Couldn't even finish it!!"

    It was so just so incredibly slow. I just couldn't even finish it. I just had to return it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Shepardson 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "narrator isn't great."

    I would have expected a more epic voice for such an epic tale. He wasn't bad, just dull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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