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  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • By: J. R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,626 ratings)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

By: J. R.R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
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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.

©2025 Paul Delaney (P)2025 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • 05-11-2017

Wonderful story, poor production

The narrator has a dreadfully full voice and makes every character sound like a boring old man. He has not done such a fantastic story justice!

I am also disappointed in the production quality is general. There is so much breath in the mix, surely they had the budget to mix and master properly???
There are multiple times where you can hear background noise - doors slamming, conversation, laughter etc. it’s only faint, but it’s there and i am so shocked! This is very amateur work.

The narrator has three different voice types.
1. Old man with a childish slightly frantic tone used for every hobbit.
2. Old man with a deeper tone used for wizards, elves and dwarves.
3. Old man with a higher pitched tone uses for orcs and Gollum

I would love to hear this story again with a younger narrator who has more skills in voice over.

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Not the right narrator

Fantastic and mesmerising classic novel however I’m not convinced that Rob Inglis is the most appropriate narrator. Not enough distinction between characters and a metre at times that just doesn’t fit.

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death by narrator

we all know the story is amazing... but that narrator ... ohhhh that narrator. I was tempted at times to crash my car to shut him up.

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perfect in all ways but one.

I can't do justice to the story or the narrator in words, but the quality, from an audiophile's perspective, means I must critique the audio quality of the voice: the dynamic range can peak a few times, and the rare music that plays is quite irritatingly bad. Rob Inglis isn't exactly a singer either.

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Why so much hate for the narrator?!?

I held off purchasing this audiobook due to all the negative reviews related to the narrator. When it went on sale I purchased it and I’m annoyed with myself for not getting it sooner! The narrator is perfect and in my opinion it sounds exactly as it should.

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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.

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Too old the recording. needs a fresh new voice

The recording has seen its day. After listening to Stephen Fry narrate Harry Potter and Andy Serkis narrate the hobbit. This version is very old and needs a face lift but not be dramatised like the other version on here.

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Best Audio Book Ever

Rob Inglis is amazing in his reading of LOTR. The past week was an absolute joy thanks to he and Tolkien!

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Great listen overall

Rob Inglis is perfect with all the voices for the characters, although i could do without the improvised singing...

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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

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