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The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings.

The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape.

In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to 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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  • 12-03-12

Classic tale, first-rate performance

I had not read this trilogy since, well a very long time ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them again. This is truly a classic tale and Rob Inglis is perfect! He is exceptionally easy to listen to, and the characters really came to life with his wonderful voices and magnificant reading style! This series is a treasure in every respect, and well worth a credit if this is a genre you enjoy.

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  • 06-23-17

Breaking Up the Fellowship

The company formed in The Fellowship of the Ring to go south and deal with the dangerous One Ring of the Dark Lord has splintered. The second entry in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy trilogy follows the nine members of the Fellowship as some travel west to deal with rogue wizard Saruman at his tower of Orthanc, others east toward a secret entrance to the evil land of Mordor under the tower of Cirith Ungol. Hence, The Two Towers.

If you've never read The Lord of the Rings, drop everything else you're doing and start, right now. But don't start here, read The Fellowship first. There is no way to understand this pivotal middle entry without starting at the beginning. On the other hand, you don't have to go as far back as The Hobbit. By all means, read (listen to) The Hobbit if/when you can, but do not consider it prerequisite to the LOTR trilogy.

If you've only seen the movie adaptation, The Two Towers is portrayed almost in full. There is one major departure, however, that makes reading the book feel different. Book III (each volume in the trilogy is divided into two books) follows the westward bound characters (all except Frodo and Sam), Book IV is about Frodo and Sam along with Gollum/Smeagol. The movie weaves the two concurrent story lines together.

If you've only ever read the books, I wholeheartedly recommend listening to the audio edition. Rob Inglis's reading of The Two Towers is superb, especially since he gets to do the voice(s) of Gollum and Smeagol (which if you've seen the movie you already know is a highlight, perhaps the highlight, of the story) as well as Orc dialogue and the wonderful Ents. The singing in The Fellowship that I myself did not care for is held to a minimum here (one song, maybe two), the narration focused more on voices.

Bottom line, no matter who you are, if you've read these books or not, you must listen to them. You must.

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chapters not the same as posted

great story, read very well, but the chapters are not the same as posted. please fix.

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Literary Audio Masterpiece

I read the LotR series multiple times as a teenager. Frodo, Gandalf and the Fellowship got me thru some rough times. I lived in Middle Earth for a number of years. The Silmarillion was a bible to me. I saw the Hobbit cartoon many times. Many years later I saw the movies, multiple times (which, unlike many movies I've seen after reading the books, were very good). I decided to listen to the Audible recording and I am glad I did. The narrator does an amazing job with dialogue and song. Excellent. The recording is very faithful to the printed version.
I don't know why some people have complained about a very minor blip here and there. Only someone who is very anal would notice something so minute. This is a wonderful series read by a wonderful narrator.
Poe is the father of the modern detective story. Tolkien is the father of modern fantasy. Hemingway, Poe, Vonnegut, Doyle, Tolkien, etc. Tolkien certainly belongs in the literary masters category. He is the mark to which all other writers of high fantasy aspire (and most fall far short) and he did it without writing books containing foul language or sex. Let's see George R. R. (Porn) Martin do that!
I can actually sit with my children, for some good quality family time, and listen to LotR without feeling overwhelming embarrassment at the foul content. And thoroughly enjoy ourselves while having something fun to talk about afterwards.
Well worth a credit.

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Fantastic!!

One of the greatest classic tales of all time. One of the best narrators I have ever heard! Made my imagination come alive and set a high standard.

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Continuing to keep the reader hooked!

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Book two of the epic fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien leaves the listener chomping at the bit for the last installment. We continue to follow with baited breath to hear of the fates of Frodo and the ring and his companions. The narrator expertly enhances the excitement that is trademark to any Tolkien book. A must read for all lovers of epic fantasy.

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Don't leave me hanging like that!

We finished in the car tonight and my 9 year old son was the picture of stunned disbelief. How can they leave Us hanging like that?

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Nostalgia

When I was young my grandfather used to read me books by his favorite authors when I would stay the night at his house. These were always the highlights of my visits because he, being a good narrator, would change his voice to mimic what he thought the characters would sound like. I tell this story because the collective of Tolkien were among his favorites and the two towers was my favorite. I lost him to cancer 8 years ago and recently found that audio books give some light to old memories spent with him. And this one being my favorite I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of excitement and literature.

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I just love it

He captures the characters so well, he doesn't make the voices too crazy, and I might have cried a little listening to the last chapter of this. Amazing. I especially love that he does the songs. And he sings tunes that are catchy, and I find myself humming them throughout the day. Middle earth exists somewhere I think, and Tolkien wrote down the story of that world.

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Tension that Ramps Up

This tale has lits of action and a growing tension that ramps up amidst tales of valor and honor. It is more than just a tale of fantasy. It is a bold adventure that cannot help but inspire.

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