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Publisher's Summary

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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unreal!

This is the first time that ive partaken in this novel. never saw the movie or read the book. This audiobook is beyond well-narrated. The way it was narrated was perfect in terms of tones and intensity when it came to those parts. The story itself is legendary and its a shame that I waited this long to finally listen to a nearly century old book. I will be buying the following two books. I would highly recommend getting this version. I had no idea that this was unabridged until after i listened to it. It doesnt need any fluff. The author is extremely descriptive making it easy to follow and he paints a very vivid picture with each scene. There is no need to dramatize a book that is nearly perfect.

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Excellent Read

Really great read, highly recommend this audiobook. Narration from Rob Inglis was very well done, kept me hooked from the prologue to the conclusion.

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  • al
  • 2018-09-15

The lord of the rings

I loved this book it was a great listen. And the readers emphasize on vocal emotion was great.

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Loving the reread

The voice was perfect for the story. It was really fun to reread this way

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Amazing book read by an amazing reader!

I've read The Fellowship of the Ring a few times in paperback. However, listening to it is a whole other experience. Rob Inglis does an incredible job with the narration. He does different voices for each character and a very consistent and recognizable way. He sings the songs/poems in the book beautifully. I highly recommend listening to this even if you have read the book before. #Audible1

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A true pivotal moment in storytelling

This will be the first audio book I've listened to, and what a fine choice it was. Tolkien goes into fantastic detail of this journey and the narrator Rob Inglis does a tremendous job giving each of the characters a unique flavor, he even sings quite a bit. I don't think most listeners will need this or any review to listen to this tale, it's ingrained into our culture as a people for good reason.

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Excellent reading, everything I expected and more

I enjoy this reading of The Fellowship every year, I had not read the book myself before this, but I adore it. Thank you #Audible1

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The One that Started it! My own Epic.

I have read this in print well over a dozen times in the past 30 years. I was heading out on a lengthy road trip. My first one solo. A friend suggested audible. I was sceptical. I had borrowed audible books from the library before and usually ended up returning them before they were finished. I also didn’t like to listen to books I hadn’t already read. But I was very worried about my lengthy drive. This was the first. I got sucked into this story as I had many times before. Luckily my second credit kicked in before I need the Two Tower and I ended up purchasing Return of the King.

This review is more about the experience of audible that this actual,wonderful epic book but the juxtaposition of listening to this as my own road was going on and on...oh my. I listened driving and I was listening one night by a campfire as the fog was rolling in.

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Timeless

We all know how wonderful a trilogy this is. But I think it's important to also give praise to the narration. Rob Inglis does a superb job.

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Favourite Movies Becoming Favourite Audiobooks

I've absolutely fallen in love with this rendition of the timeless class The Lord of the Rings. The narration is spot on conveying an incredible breadth of emotion and character. Falling asleep while listening to this series has been an absolute treat- the only problem is it's a little too good and sometimes I won't drift off until 1-2AM!

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  • L. N.
  • 2012-10-10

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.

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  • Orson
  • 2012-11-05

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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  • Rob
  • 2013-02-26

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.

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  • David Costa
  • 2013-07-12

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 :)

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  • Sammicatcat
  • 2012-10-17

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.

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  • SLB
  • 2014-07-21

Love the story, narration, not so much

If you could sum up The Fellowship of the Ring in three words, what would they be?

Heroic quest epic.

What did you like best about this story?

This has always been one of my favorite stories, from childhood. It's always delightful to reread it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

I don't know who I would prefer, but Rob Inglis is just not working for me. He did The Hobbit. Now I've got three LOR rings with him, and I just don't like his characterizations or the way he emphasizes his sentences. Plus, he's slow. Yes, you can speed it up a bit, but then it's off.

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

Yes.

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  • Boyd Tschaggeny
  • 2017-01-26

Will the poems and songs ever end?! Please, end!

Middle Earth is a fantastic world to get lost in and I loved all the time spent with world-building. What I didn't like is how longwinded the poems are. You have forgotten you are listening to the book, you've become one of the fellowship, then suddenly you realize that Gandolf has been reciting the same sonnet for, what feels like, the last million years. Tolkien must have been a talker because most of his characters can't shut up. It's a wonder that Sauron needed spies because the Fellowship is LOUD!

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  • BookMama
  • 2013-03-25

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.

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  • readygonow
  • 2015-02-05

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.

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  • Nick L
  • 2014-06-10

Decent except for

Too many annoying/verbose songs that really don't add all that much to it. Other than that it's very good.

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