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Publisher's Summary

This brand-new unabridged audiobook of The Two Towers, the second part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic adventure The Lord of the Rings, is read by the BAFTA award-winning actor, director, and author Andy Serkis.

The company of the Ring is torn asunder. Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin - alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go. This continues the classic tale begun in The Fellowship of the Ring, which reaches its awesome climax in The Return of the King.

©1983 Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R.Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R.Tolkien (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Back to Middle-Earth!

Have loved these books since I was a child, and I’m thoroughly loving Andy Serkis’ performance. Some of the choice he makes for voices aren’t what I would have expected, but he commits himself completely to each character.
I’m also find new understanding of certain passages, all due to where his performance stresses the emphasis.
The trip back to Middle-Earth is well worth the price of admission,

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Andy Serkis need i say more

Loved it is voice is just amazing and super easy to follow in the story when he jumps from one character to the other

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The beautiful classic, brought to new life!

As if the book on its own wasn't good enough, Andy Serkis has once again nailed it perfectly. The varying voices and accents of different characters, the emotions and his enthusiasm - it all spills through his narration. While the LOTR books can get difficult to read at parts due to Tolkien's amazing descriptions of scenery and lore, Serkis's narration makes it beautiful to listen to, and easy to follow.

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Serkis is a God.

Serkis does an amazing job - truly magnificent. The voices, the tone of voice, even the volume changes made this a joy to listen to.

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an outstanding narration of an amazing story.

an outstanding narration of the classic story, highly recommended picking up this version and giving it a listen.

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breath taking

it was so good, having a actor from the film do all these amazing voices I can't wait to start the last book

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Amazing

Andy Serkis is absolutely amazing, the story telling style he uses captures you and holds you through Tolkiens amazing tale!!!

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The story dragged a bit in the last third. But I'm working the whole series so I persevered. Ending is good.

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Great!

very well done except for Andy's tree beard voice was super annoying. Talking way too slowly and with the voice made it very hard to pay attention to what was being said. I had to skip the 15min treebeard monologs.

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Simply extraordinary.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a masterpiece - you don't need me to tell you that. I have read the series several times, audited the original audiobooks twice, and watched the movie series a number of times as well. Andy Serkis ... I struggle to convey the talent and skill this actor brings to the tale ... He is magnificent! I intend to purchase every audiobook he's done. He is a consummate actor, an engaging narrator and goodness .... that voice! From basso profound booming out the drums in Moria to the breathy whining of Smeagol ... the breadth of his tone and his range and control are utterly bewildering. The greatest tale ever told, performed by the greatest vocal artist I have ever heard!

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  • 2021-09-25

.Andy Serkis reads well, sings terribly

Rob Inglis, the old Recorded Books LOTR reader, sings very nicely the many songs in the text, enhancing the listener’s enjoyment.
For some reason, the producer of this new Recorded Books LOTR thought that Andy Serkis should sing the poems. He is a brilliant actor and reader, but his singing is painful to listen to and really detracts from my enjoyment of the recording.

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  • 2021-10-17

OMG! The best audio version of LOTR.

I have read the Lord Of The Rings many times and have listened to several audio recordings. This one by Andy Serkis is by far the best. Aside from the great work on the multitude of voices, what stands out are the songs. Andy gives each song it’s own flavor and character. It is truly remarkable and makes a case that these books are made better with the audio recording.

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  • Jesse
  • 2021-09-16

My Precious

Just wow. Andy Serkis does a stunning reading of LoTR. If you haven’t read it, are a enthusiast, an Andy Serkis fan, or if you have a few spare credits pick this up!
The Two Towers will stand out. Gollum spends the most time in the trilogy. It’s music for ear holes.

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  • Neal Norton
  • 2021-11-05

Performance was not for me

I love Tolkien & it is hard for me to admit defeat but this audio book was not my cup of mead. I chose this version based on stellar reviews and was looking forward to this performance. I gave up somehere in Fangorn. I just downloaded the earlier version.

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Aragorn 'whispers' or speaks with a downward breathy tone that to me sounds very undecided or morose. I hear Aragorn as a much more forceful character than this Narrator provides. No hero this chap.

The gutteral Orc speech is way over the top.

Gimli the dwarf is the loudest & most irritating Scotsman I could ever conjure.

The twig that broke the camels back was the Treebeard dialogue. Yes I understand that Ents speak in a slow and deliberate basso voice but my goodness this idea was taken 70,000 Ent strides too far. This ended up being a joke that was taken way way too far.

Treebeard singing was painful. I cannot sing a lick in tune but hey I would have pushed HARD for a professional singer to take over this task.

The story is pure magic. I believe it deserves a better performance



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  • 2021-09-22

Andy Serkis is the best

I will never again listen to another version of LotR. Andy Serkis truly brings the characters to life.

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  • John W.
  • 2021-10-28

Wow.Just wow.

I can't believe one man did all these voices. Most of the time I forgot I was listening to a book. Instead, I was off sharing an adventure with some familiar friends in Middle Earth.

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  • Kirstine R. Reynolds
  • 2021-09-30

Love Andy Serkis!

Andy Serkis is the perfect narrator! My only complaint is the song of the Entwives, that was pretty painful to listen to.

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  • Hannah Wagar
  • 2021-11-21

Perfect

Andy Serkis is made of solid gold! This reading of The Lord of the Rings is amazing.

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  • Melanie Ellis
  • 2021-09-29

Best narration of the LOTRs I've yet heard!

Exceptional performance by Andy Serkis!! He brought forth all the emotions I had in my initial reading of Tolkien's books many decades ago. very grateful to him!

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  • Noah Fowler
  • 2021-11-19

Epitome

This is, truly, the Best series I’ve ever experienced. I literally cannot wait to receive a token for my next book. Andy Serkis brings the books to life.

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