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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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    Jodie UNION CITY, CA, United States 02-11-13
    Jodie UNION CITY, CA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2017
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    "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.


    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 02-12-15
    Ray 02-12-15
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    "irritating narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator uses an annoying theatrical accent. This method of speaking was appropriate when orators and actors were performing on stage without modern sound equipment. The rolled R's and exaggerated enunciation helped listeners in the back of the theater understand what was being said. In the context of an audible book, that same accent is unnecessary, pretentious, and grating on the ear. I didn't notice it at first, but found it more and more annoying as the book progressed. now, after being forced to listen to it for 20+ hours in this first book, i am dreading having to hear it for the remaining two books.


    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    readygonow 02-05-15
    readygonow 02-05-15
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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.

    30 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    L. N. New Hampshire 10-10-12
    L. N. New Hampshire 10-10-12 Member Since 2017
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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.

    134 of 143 people found this review helpful
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    Shay Bella 07-29-13
    Shay Bella 07-29-13

    Favorite Genres: Urban/Preternatural Fantasy, Science Fiction, Knitting Favorite Story Components: character development, under-dog success stories

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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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Crystal Bakers Settlement, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-29-15
    Crystal Bakers Settlement, Nova Scotia, Canada 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    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.

    27 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Dallas 02-26-13
    Rob Dallas 02-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    23 of 24 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.)


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    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 03-25-13
    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.

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    "So disappointed with this narrator!"

    I am a huge LOTR fan, but I simply cannot continue with this story in audio version. The narrator is horrible. He struggles switching between characters voices making it difficult to follow the story. This is made even harder due to the fact that he uses the same accent or tone of voice for different species of characters (wizard, hobbit, etc). I literally cringed when he did female voices, and fought the urge to fast forward simply to avoid listening for a few seconds. Dreadful, absolutely dreadful. It's unfortunate for such a beautiful and great novel series! If you enjoy the LOTR series, please save yourself the disappointment and pass this series on audio.

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas B Deployed 04-25-16
    Nicholas B Deployed 04-25-16 Member Since 2016

    SkyDiver

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    "An old tale told by an old voice."

    overall the story was magnificent. I do however believe that the reader could have poured more effort into the voices and intentions of the characters. Their motivations are often lost with the wrong inflections of his voice. Don't get me wrong and think that the tale is degraded by the reader.

    26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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