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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Audiobook

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Publisher's Summary

The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring.

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook.

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

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©1954, 1966 The Trustees of the J.R.R. Tolkien 1967 Settlement; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent." (The Observer)
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Sunday Telegraph)

What Members Say

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    Ashley 20/02/2015
    Ashley 20/02/2015
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    "Very Good!"

    Such a great way of "reading" a book while you're driving.

    The reader sang very well and put on voices for the characters that sounded great :)

    Would defiantly recommend xx

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynette Taylor 31/10/2016
    Lynette Taylor 31/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "very good the narrator did an excellent job."

    I thought the narrator did an excellent job. I'll use him for the next two books of Lord of the Rings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 23/10/2016
    Matthew 23/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "It's LOTR what more do I need to say"

    Great story and narration. Can be slow in some parts but it's worth the wait

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig 14/10/2016
    Craig 14/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    Good book, but man do the songs drag on. Still, happy to have finished a classic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Will 15/02/2016
    Will 15/02/2016
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    "A different and immersive experience..."
    Any additional comments?

    I read LOTR years ago before any of the movie versions arrived and though I don't remember much of it I'm glad that I did.

    Firstly, I really enjoyed seeing the movies (except for a dodgy early cartoon version). Their collective dramatic impact was a visual and musical feast - but it was wonderful to be immersed again in the imagination that the word - written or spoken - evokes. Obviously the book has more detail and nuance than a screenplay, and I think that overall Tolkien intended (bookwise) a better experience of the story at a fantasy level. Some may disagree with that - but I found, for example, the elves more elvish, the magic more subtle and the descriptions of the moments and surroundings more poetic.

    Secondly, Rob Inglis's narration is highly listenable. His rendition of Gandalf's character made me think of Ian McKellen's screen version. He does a tolerably good job of singing the songs and poems sprinkled throughout the story. He doesn't get full marks though, as there are a few points where the voice cracks inexplicably. I concentrate best and listen in the car in 20 - 30 minute sessions and really look forward to my drive to and from work.

    Looking forward to hearing The Two Towers and Return of the King.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 16/09/2016
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    "Best adventure story I have ever read. "

    Loved it, most memorable moment - elven woman perhaps, then elves I general, then council of elrond honestly it's just so unbelievably great. I feel I have lost a great friend now it is over. It's been a stellar 3 months read :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Minh 17/03/2016
    Minh 17/03/2016
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    "Fighting"

    U really have to listen or u will 4get what is happening, have to go back to c wat is happening

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julion 07/02/2015
    Julion 07/02/2015
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    "moo"

    The narrators inability to sing the poems very well made it hard to take them seriously. Also, I thought I had paid for the whole book but only part 1...
    The rest of the narration was good.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gracious 27/04/2015
    Gracious 27/04/2015
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    "A rambling tale"

    An average 1 hour per chapter was too long. This reading should have been cut into smaller portions of about 10 or 15 minutes, making more frequent natural "end of chapter" breaks for the phone app.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Jay
    IpswichAustralia
    5/01/06
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    "A joy to hear"

    The reader has done a marvelous job. I had struggled through the book many years ago and had eventually, after persevering for several years (!) reached the end, but this book tripped through my headphones like sweet music.
    In fact that is one of the aspects of the book that I most enjoyed. The reader does a marvelous job of singing the many songs that are recounted in the book and, instead of simply seeming a way to pad out the story, they become an intrinsic part of the narration. For this aspect of the audiobook alone I would highly recommend this title!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    PrestonsAustralia
    30/06/07
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    "Just BRILLIANT"

    I just can't get enough of this magnificently written masterpiece. Lord of the Rings is a wonderful exciting escape for me and now thanks to audible I can take it with me everywhere. I can listen to it in the car, lying in bed or sitting on a park bench. Absolutely BRILLIANT audible - give me more !!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jacobus
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    19/09/10
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    "Absolutely worth listening"

    I've read the Fellowship of the Ring twice. With Rob Inglis' voice added to this classic, it becomes ten times better. It is sad to see the Fellowship being broken up into two downloadable parts, for which you have to pay separately. It must be mentioned however that Audible's price for it is still much cheaper than buying the audio CD's.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Wichita, KS, United States
    18/09/10
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    "whole book not available for download"

    While the first half of the fellowship of the ring (Book 1) is great, the second half (Book 2) evidently isn't available on the site for download. If it is, I haven't found it. This makes buying the first half of the book fairly worthless - I shouldn't have assumed "Part 2" as identified on the download meant the same Part 2 that is in the actual book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • T.
    Japan
    17/11/12
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    "Great (but pricey) production"

    Rob Inglis is the perfect narrator for this story. I just wish the book wasn't sold in six separate parts - very (and unnecessarily) pricey. But I bought and enjoyed all six anyway - the story is too well written, and Rob Inglis does too good a job reading it, to stop after the first one.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Mountain View, CA
    14/11/12
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    ""The Lord of the Rings" is 1 novel, not 6."
    Any additional comments?

    For some reason "The Lord of the Rings" was split into 6 separate downloads, even though it's by all standards a single book. Different parts of it are not meant to be read by themselves.

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Rhyder S.
    Cape Town South Africa
    25/09/12
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    "Well done but undone by greed"

    Rob Inglis does a very good job of narrating. Personally I could do without the singing and I would rather he simply read the songs but no complaints overall. You can hear every word very clearly and he reads with feeling so you don't feel as though he's just going through the motions.

    My only complaints are:

    1. In common with most Tolkien fans I think the book is too short.
    2. The publisher and/or Audible are guilty of greed by dividing the book into 6 credits. This is not in the spirit of the contract that I have with Audible. Lord of the Rings is one book and should be one credit. It could arguably be divided into three books but certainly not six! Shame on you!

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Cary Seven
    Malibu, CA, United States
    25/10/10
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    "Audible locks you out of the rest of Inglis' LotR."

    It appears you can get this title when you first sign up for audible, but if you think you're going to spend the rest of your tokens to get the whole series, think again Americans. Once you log in to your account you get a red error saying, "Due to publishing agreements, this title is not available in the country where you live." I hope I can cancel without penalty.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathon
    Singapore, Singapore
    14/01/13
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    "Amazing Story Matched by an Amazing Performance!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings to be better than the print version?

    In a way, yes. Many people have a problem reading the print version because Tolkein loves to use very long descriptions and histories along with a very liberal use of songs and poems. These suit an audio version, where the listener can just sit back and soak in the atmosphere created by the vivid descriptions, or enjoy the songs actually sung by the narrator. The voices are also a treat.

    The format of the book also suits a voiced narrator as Tolkein writes in the format of a story teller telling you a tale of a world bigger than the books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scale of the story is so epic yet personal. And having just listened to The Hobbit, the many references make the world feel so alive and real.


    Any additional comments?

    As someone who watched the films before listening/reading the books, I can appreciate the care that both writer and director put in in creating this world in print and in film. Amazing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Marjorie Dawson
    New Zealand
    5/10/12
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    "If you struggled with the book, try this!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings to be better than the print version?

    The audio book is not better, it is different. The narrator has the skill to bring a book I struggled to read in print into vivid and exciting life. He does not act the books, he 'narrates' them extremely well, telling the story with rhythm and pace, while giving each character in the book an individual voice.


    Any additional comments?

    If, like me, you really struggled with the Lord of the Rings in print, then try a volume of this read by Rob Inglis, this may be the avenue into the Tolkien world you are looking for.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Ian
    Cramlington, Northumberland, United Kingdom
    9/05/09
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    "Superb production"

    Reviewing these books (the whole trilogy, not just the first volume), a classic work of the twentieth century, would be an impertinence I think. It's unlikely you'd consider buying the whole set if you don't already know and enjoy the story. If you admire it without reservation you're possibly unusual. In such a sweeping and varied epic there will inevitably be elements you respond to less than others; for me these would include characters such as Tom Bombadil, many of the songs, the master-servant relationship between some of the Hobbits and the rather stilted, pseudo-Biblical prose style of some of the later sections of The Return of the King. Those are purely subjective responses though; others may well enjoy those very aspects.

    What impressed me most, after buying and listening to the complete work (over 52 hours) was the mastery of the reader, Rob Inglis. Other long stories have been ruined for me by a monotonous or weak reading. In a sense, Inglis is in competition with the BBC radio dramatisation (which I thought excellent and still return to)and more recently the three-film version (which I thought equally brilliant). Given that, his rendition is a delight, a tour de force in fact. He never lost my interest, seeming to command a completely convincing and extensive repertoire of character voices which managed to carry the narrative along with complete authority. Brilliant. Thank you, Mr Inglis..! (Out of curiosity I checked listener reviews of this production on Amazon's website and was astonished to find that some thought it dreadful. Interestingly there were no 'in-between' reviews, either 'superb' or 'awful'. I guess you'll just have to buy the first volume to decide what your own response is...)

    45 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Nat
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    20/02/11
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    "Brilliant"

    I am a 14 year old boy who has never really bothered to read Lord of the Rings before now. I have recently got audible and this was the first audiobook that I brought. I was not disappointed. It was very well read and the story was incredibly gripping. I really loved it and I hope that you will consider buying this book.

    34 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    24/05/07
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    "The Fellowship"

    A wonderful atmospheric recording of the first part of The Lord of the Rings. Rob Inglis' narration brings the characters to life. I think Tolkien would be pleased with this version of his book.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Donn Edwards
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    4/12/10
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    "Superb Narration"

    I have never understood why the Lord of the Rings is 'difficult to get into' because many friends have complained about trying to wade through the first 100 pages. Rob Inglis does such a superb job reading the entire trilogy that this never becomes an issue. He does a brilliant job at narrating a truly classic tale. Wonderful stuff and well worth all the credits. Get the Hobbit too.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • M Poole
    The wilds of Yorkshire
    23/12/12
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    "The joy never fades"

    I first read the LOTR when I was 13, and on occasion I wish I had never read it. Not because it's a bad story, but because it's a world of wonder that I wish I could enter anew again. The depth of the tale, the breadth of the world created by Tolkien exists as a beautiful overlay for our own, creating a window into what the past might have been like as well as understanding how the present could be changed by the action of those with courage they were unaware they possessed. On top of that, it's a great story for anyone at any time. I read it regularly, with no expectations of seeing anything new but it's always there, waiting to be discovered. Take the time to listen to a tale of courage, betrayal, evil and triumph. And love.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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    "Opens a new world for lovers of the films"

    I absolutely loved this audiobook. I've always wanted to get around to reading The Lord of the Rings but I've never been able to set aside the time. I got bored of listening to music in the gym, and podcasts weren't cutting it, so I decided to try an audiobook. The LOTR immediately sprang to mind. I signed up to Audible, downloaded the books to my iphone and I've listened to 30 minutes three times a week during my workout.



    The amount of detail in this book can seem overwhelming at first as Tolkien's style of writing is descriptive and thorough, but if you're a fan of the movies you get to know more about the different races; hobbits, elves, dwarfs; the characters, where they come from, family lineage etc; Middle Earth Mythology and history; and this opens up the story into a tale of epic proportions. It's just massive! If it's a fast paced adventure you're after then this might not suit, however the audiobook version is fantastic if you can listen whilst doing something else, like working out in the gym. If you have the patience you won't be disappointed. Rob Inglis does a great job of narrating the story. He's easy to listen to and pitches the story perfectly. This was my first audiobook experience and it was fantastic.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • YorkshireTyke
    York, United Kingdom
    23/12/12
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    "Timeless - and stunning."

    As someone else says, it seems an impertinence to review these books - they have to be the most loved novels of the 20thC, across the world.



    I originally bought the trilogy on i-Tunes, not realising they don't have a cloud for audiobooks. So when my computer crashed, I lost the lot, as my back up disks were also damaged in the intervening years, meaning I could only retrieve a section of the book. iTunes refused to restore the books for me - upsetting as it was my largest single investment in any audiobook. Hence joining Audible, and making LOTR my main goal for the first year of membership! I'd have joined Audible to buy these books, alone.



    My autistic teenager has always struggled with reading, so having these on audiobook has been an absolute boon, to him. He listens to them constantly, and has no problem with the complex language, and subtle emotions.



    Rob Inglis's reading is pitch perfect. The producers of the trilogy could not have chosen a better narrator. A faultless rendition of what is, for so many people, a book they return to over and over again, throughout their lives. Having lost them once, ("My precioussss!") I will treasure the Audible LOTR books, and value them as much as my definitive Harper Collins printed version.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Geoff
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    6/08/11
    Overall
    "A good audiobook by Audible ! Amazing..."

    This book is a timeless classic fairytale, I believe audible struggle to do them justice but this audiobook is excellent. Its a long book but shouldn't have been split in 2. Note, you don't pay for the second half, it downloads along with the first part. As a narrator, the voice of Rob Inglis suits this book perfectly. The chapters are long and there isn't the usual annoying audible features like switching the narrator between chapters or declaring when each chapter is finished (duh!). Somebody shoot that annnoying woman that introduces every book... please... ;- )

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • DJ Morpheus
    23/01/10
    Overall
    "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"

    WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.

    If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.

    Absolutely brilliant!

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    Sutton Coldfield, WMD, United Kingdom
    24/04/09
    Overall
    "Fantastic"

    A great voice to a greater tale. What more can one say!!!!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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