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The Two Towers

Book Two in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Series: The Lord of the Rings, Book 2
Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
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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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Well worth hearing a second time

I have just finished listening to The Two Towers a second time. Very rewarding.
The truth behind the myth is extremely encouraging.

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  • DFG
  • 2020-05-02

As good as everyone says!

A thrilling, powerful story with compelling, lovable, and heroic characters, bound together in touching relationships. The narration is outstanding. I finished Volume 2 minutes ago and have already purchased Volume 3.

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Fantastic

as someone who started with the movies it is a delight to listen to these books. makes the movies seem dull in comparison and character development. cant reccomend enough

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Amazing!

An amazing way to revisit a literary masterpiece. Great for fans of the movie that struggle with reading to experience the original text

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lots of background noise

it sounds like the neighbour's upstairs have been at it all throughout the story. I thought I was going mad at first.

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A masterpiece, and well narrated

Absolutely loved it! The narrator does a wonderful job (but not perfect in pronunciation of Tolkien's languages), and his voices for the characters are consistent, and very well done. The book itself is the perfect middle to Professor Tolkien's three part Magnum Opus, and what is in my opinion the single greatest book ever written. Since the age of eight I have read The Lord of the Rings three times a year, but life has been very busy and I find it difficult to get the time to actually sit and read,. Words cannot truly express how much I love The Lord of the Rings and it gives me brings me an indescribably enormous amount of happinnes to be able to keep my tradition, and listen to such a wonderfully narrated audio version of my favourite story.

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A Classic

My favourite of the three novels. Full of character development and excitement! A pleasure to listen to.

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Better as an audiobook

Really enjoyed this book, I couldn't get through this in the traditional format as I found it dragged, especially during the songs etc. This narrator did a great job and there were parts of this book where the action was so scary/intense I had to stay up late to make sure I could leave off at a part where I could actually fall asleep after turning it off.

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amazing

It's so wonderful to hear Tolkien during my day. great narration. even better than movies.

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  • 2019-02-24

awesome

My son can't get enough of this series! the books are better than the movies!

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  • John
  • 2012-11-05

Thank goodness - finally

One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the second of three, you'll want the other two.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2013-05-27

It's Worth the Read....My Preciousssss!

Ok, here we are at Book 2 of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy! New readers beware that the characters from Fellowship of the Ring have split up and moved on to fulfill their own parts of a save Middle Earth campaign that will lead to the great climax of the Return of the King. If you haven't read this book before, beware of the ending and don't tear out your hair. Just remember you don't have to wait until the next book comes out. It is already here! So calm down My Preciousssss and get ready to meet more cool Middle Earth characters that make the journey more interesting. Being a horse-freak and a lover of trees at heart I was especially fond of the Riders of Rohan and the Ents. Faramir is also an unexpected highlight in this book...unless you have read it before like me. This is a good read and is kid friendly for about age 8 and up.

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  • Anna
  • 2012-10-10

Thank you, Audible! Tolkien at long last!

What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rob Inglis is an excellent narrator for these books. He performs every song with loving attention, which really elevates this performance compared with reading the words on the printed page. When I read these works, I end up skipping much of the lyrics because they are so lengthy. To hear them performed is a real treat.

Any additional comments?

I really appreciate that Audible has finally made these available.

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  • R. Compton
  • 2013-08-25

"the Lord of the Rings" unabridged - MARVELOUS!

As far back as the 60's you seldom saw me without a well dog-eared copy of one of Professor Tolkien's books in my pocket!
I've listened to "the Lord of the Rings (dramatized)" on the radio, tape and Audible - and will, likely do so again. BUT, to follow Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Aragorn, inch by inch, from the settled land of the Shire to Mordor as they face their many perils is truly a treat! Just close your eyes and be right at their shoulder as they overcome daunting odds!

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  • Kevin B. Leigh
  • 2012-10-21

One Book to Rule Them all

I think the second book is the best. Thanks Audible for making it available, it has taken over my commute.

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  • Sandi
  • 2012-12-06

One of my favorite books

What did you love best about The Two Towers?

The Tolkien series is one of my favorite reads and to narrow down any one piece would be impossible to do. I am delighted to finally find these books performed in an unabridged manner on Audible! Rob Inglis did a wonderful job on the narration, and I found myself once again transported to the wilds of Middle Earth on a great exploration.

What other book might you compare The Two Towers to and why?

The Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Ring, and The Return of the King are all pieces of the same saga.

What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

At first I was doubtful that Rob would be able to overcome the characters that Peter Jackson created in his film renditions of the Lord of the Rings series. I was very pleasantly surprised, however, as I became fascinated with Rob's portrayal of the characters. His singing voice is lovely and he was able to really pull off the characters.

Any additional comments?

If you love fantasy, you will not regret selecting this series. It will be an annual listening experience for me!

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  • HikeBikeCampKayak
  • 2012-11-12

Absolutely Wonderful!

A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!

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  • J Landau
  • 2012-11-27

as always wonderful

Continuing the saga, this is well read. I really enjoy listening to Tolkien. His language develops into a style fitting of stories of old, and this really comes through in the recorded form.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2012-12-11

Classic!

I was young when I first read these books so I was excited when I found out they were finally available on Audible.com in the US. If you haven't read them in a while, LISTEN! If you've never read them, LISTEN!

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  • Michael
  • 2012-11-15

Great Story, Good Narration

The Lord of the Rings is a true classic and if you have not experienced it (or only experienced the movies) this recording should be a wonderful experience. This recording includes the prefix and appendices (both at the end of the recording), which might be dry for some, but is great for LOTR geeks. Having an unabridged Lord of the Rings on Audible has been long awaited and is terrific. If I had not been exposed to the NPR/Minds-Eye production of this series I would have been pretty happy with the narration. The Minds-Eye production was abridged but was a really excellent performance. Rob Ingles’ narration is very good, and he does particularly well presenting the difficult epic poetry sections, but I did not much like his singing and overall a simple narration can’t compete with the Minds-Eye performances. Nevertheless I was very happy to have this excellent unabridged version. I started out a little unhappy with the narration, but as time went on I just became quite immersed in the story.

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