The Lord of the Rings : The Lord of the Rings

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by Rob Inglis
  • Series: The Lord of the Rings
  • 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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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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)

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"The Lord of the Rings" is 1 novel, not 6.

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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.

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- Amazon Customer

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!
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- Rhyder S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited