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.
Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Nearly 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collector's editions become prized and valuable items of publishing. Now it is available for the first time on digital download, complete and unabridged.
This is the second book of The Fellowship of the Ring.
©1954, 1966 The Trustees of the J.R.R. Tolkien 1967 Settlement; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK
"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)
I won't comment on the books themselves as that would be superfluous. Suffice to say I've always loved them. I find this reading by Rob Inglis highly entertaining. His wonderful treacly voice is a real treat to hear. It may not be to everyone's taste, but Tolkien himself sounded very similar, as of course does Sir Ian McKellan in his role as Gandalf, so to me it sounds very appropriate. His vocal characterisation of the Hobbits of the Shire at the beginning is particularly entertaining and his Gandalf is positively seething with gravitas. I am looking forward to listening to the whole trilogy.
I read so much for my job that it's nice to listen for a change :)
Amazing, a beginning, a saga that has been with me since I was 7 and will stay fresh for me for a long time to come.
It was brilliant to rediscover one of my favourite books through audio.
The performance of the songs is a little cringeworthy in my opinion, but there is always the skip button. He did use a number of different voices to distinguish between the characters but they weren't always consistent.
The songs made me want to use the skip button...
I love this book, Inglis is an interesting narrator, and I enjoyed the overall experience.
Rob Inglis' voice is perfect for this book and he manages to strike the balance between reading the text and injecting a level of dramatisation. I was gripped despite having read the book a couple of times and having heard the radio dramatisation and seen the films. Hearing it again allows your mind to wander and take in the depth of Tolkein's writing. It's so much richer than I remember and I looked forward to hearing each chapter and seeing what Mr Inglis would do with each character.
Sometimes listens to too many audiobooks.
The second audiobook covers Book II of ”The Fellowship of the Ring”. We have, therefore, arrived at Rivendell.
I am most fond of Book II, where neither the endless-seeming journey of Frodo and Sam nor the full-scale war take precedence. Instead, we have enough time to wander the wilderness with the fellowship, and do like toe fellowship itself does journeying down the river, unwilling to hasten, since everyone knows what's coming. There is enough time to build and deepen the characters, which in Tolkien's world equals to either building friendships or wrecking them.
I'm utterly fascinated by "The Council of Elrond", too. It's a remarkable piece of writing, since there we have a group of people sitting in council, giving and getting more information about the events, giving their reasons as to what to do with the ring, voice their agreements and disagreements, and ultimately come to a conclusion, with some poetry thrown into the mix. Nothing much happens, per se, but despite its length, it's among the most spellbinding moments in the whole work.
This has much to do with Tolkien's successful unfolding of the power of the ring. It starts as a mere prop in a prank pulled off at a party, becomes an heirloom, is then recognized as a dangerous object with the potential to destroy the world, and then, when it leaves the Shire, and starts mingling in the lives of more characters, its terrible powers truly begin to unfold. In short, it is first spoken of in the conditional aspect, with the grand "if", but it slowly moves to the present tense, and everything starts to fall not only internally as the characters succumb to its lure, but externally, as whole kingdoms start vanquishing under the dark power of its creator. In other words: at first, the adventure is in the small, as Frodo and his hobbit friends boggle their way from the Shire to Bree; the interlude with Strider to Rivendell; the formation of the fellowship and their journey to Lothlórien through Moria; and finally, down the Great River all the way to Mordor and in the violent battles of Rohan and Gondor.
Another superbly written moment is the moment of Boromir's madness as he tries to take the ring from Frodo. Everything we've seen and heard of him since the council has been building up to this moment, and one not only feels Frodo's horror and the melancholy realization following Boromir's fall concerning the fellowship lasting much longer. The ending itself is worth writing about, but I'm going to reserve that for "The Two Towers", since it's interesting to compare the endings and beginnings of the books and movies.
Considering that I'm writing on each six parts of the audiobook, it might seem at first that my praise for Rob Inglis is either veiled or explicitly thin. I wouldn't want it to be neither, but it's merely interspersed among all the six parts. In this context I'd like to comment on his singing. I already mentioned earlier on that he not only reads the songs, and not only chants them in a kind of Sprechgesang, but actually sings them. Especially memorable is what I think is Galadriel's song in "Farewell to Lórien". For some reason Audible isn't willing to offer a PDF of the booklet or recording information, so I have no idea whether this melody is Tolkien's, Inglis', or someone else's, and for that I'm sorry – I'd like to give credit where credit's due. Inglis delivers it flawlessly, and for a moment there I forgot I was listening to an audiobook of a literary work, and would have thought I was listening a musical album. I don't think I'm too wide off the mark if I argue that this is exactly the kind of magical function Tolkien wished the songs to have in the narrative. That is, who wouldn't want songs and poetry within prose to be more than curiosities or stuff for footnotes? Inglis helps elevate the poetry and songs, another sign of a masterful reader that he really is.
I watched the movies at the cinema when they came out, but never read the book. I wanted to read the book to see the differences and decided that the audible audiobook copy would be a great way to do that. I'm glad that I did. The narrator was good and the story was interesting. It was a good listen and one that I would recommend and wouldn't hesitate to listen to again.
"A joyous listen"
This review is pretty much the same as my review of Book 1 of this series since, to my mind, they are one book.
The reader has done a marvelous job. I had struggled through the book many years ago and had eventually, after persevering for several years (!) reached the end, but this book tripped through my headphones like sweet music.
In fact that is one of the aspects of the book that I most enjoyed. The reader does a marvelous job of singing the many songs that are recounted in the book and, instead of simply seeming a way to pad out the story, they become an intrinsic part of the narration. For this aspect of the audiobook alone I would highly recommend this title!
"Part 2 of Inglis' measured reading"
Audible have divided LOTR into six separate audiobooks. They aren't really separate books, but sections of the same book, so you need to read them in order, they won't make sense otherwise.
Rob Inglis has a very traditional english voice and reads in a very measured way. I am a fan of Tolkien, and enjoy this reading, but if you have only seen the films, you may find it a bit slow.
"Rivendell and beyond"
Lord of the Rings is one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to, easily in the top five.
The Council of Elrond. Great way to catch readers up on what's been happening elsewhere in Middle Earth without clumsy exposition attempts, and gives a good idea of the cultures (and therefore hypocrisies etc) of the different races.
The reunion of Gandalf and Frodo.
One of the few failings of this book is that it doesn't provoke really strong emotions. The movie was much better at demonstrating the fearful situation in Moria and the tragic loss of Gandalf.
"The Ring goes forth."
Definitely not better than the print version. Rob Ingliss does a good job with the narration, bar the singing. No narrator could do The Lord of the Rings the justice it deserves.
The fantasy, the action and the sheer scope of the work that Tolkien created. No wonder this is one of the greatest books ever written.
The character I liked most was Samwise Gamgee. He is loyal to Frodo the whole way through and he nearly gets drownded at the breaking of the fellowship, but Frodo pulls him up by the hair.
Overall Rob Ingliss gives a brilliant performance especially with the different languages that are spoken such as the elvin dialect created by Tolkien.
"Very well narrated and a pleasure to listen to"
Inglis does an excellent job at narrating the story. Plus the idea of really singing the songs decribed in the book is a change to the usual format which you can find otherwise.
I always loved the entire Lord of the Rings series, there is no particular section which I prefer to others.
It is a pity that Audible broke this book into 2 pieces, at least for the purchase.
L O T R is a Wonderful escape
Gandalf for his wisdom Frodo for his bravery Sam for his loyalty
Rob gets into character very well and then can take you to the shire and beyond
no it was in 2parts
Its Fantastic L O T R is a wonderful escape for me I listen to it in the car ,when working out
Thanks Audible Rob Inglis gets in to character very well Beautifully Read
As a loved book this is one of my favourite storys. I hope that all that can ether read ore listen this should be one of those stories that stays whit you.
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