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The Two Towers Audiobook

The Two Towers: The Lord of the Rings, Book 2

Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, this is the second part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.
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The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Two Towers.

Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, this is the second part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook.

Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in the battle with an evil spirit in the Mines of Moria; and at the Falls of Rauros, Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape the rest of the company were attacked by Orcs.

Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin - alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

©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

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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    Knucklebones 23/04/2013
    Knucklebones 23/04/2013

    Knucklebones

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    "Great story but flawed narrator"

    Rob Inglis has quite a mellow voice so it's easy enough to listen to, but I didn't find his narration to be top-class. Too often he puts an incongruous emphasis on characters' words or feelings which kept pulling me up short. It's as though he sometimes forgot the context and just read the words any-old-how. I've listened to the complete set of LoTR and Hobbit audiobooks narrated by him, and it's the same in all of them. Quite an irritating flaw, and one which marks them down from a full 5-star listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KathrynS Beijing, China 31/01/2015
    KathrynS Beijing, China 31/01/2015

    I read so much for my job that it's nice to listen for a change :)

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    "How can I review this?"
    What did you like most about The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1?

    The Two Towers is darker and more exciting than The Fellowship of the Ring. Equally well written, it is part of a modern great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1?

    It is all brilliant!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Inglis?

    Yes, as long as he didn't sing. The songs were a little painfully cringe inducing to me.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I always love this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that I had never read it so that I could discover it all over again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DJ Morpheus 23/01/2010
    DJ Morpheus 23/01/2010
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    "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"

    WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.

    If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.

    Absolutely brilliant!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 26/09/2014
    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 26/09/2014 Member Since 2015

    I am a 28 year old man who likes to make use of a long commute by listening to sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks

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    "Action Packed!"

    Story – 5/5

    If you have been waiting for the action, this is the book where a lot of it starts happening – epic battles, minor scouting skirmishes, chases – it will keep you hooked from start to finish. We establish new races and army factions from middle earth, all as detailed as the last. The story is also split now amongst 3 different story arcs, each just as interesting as the next, which allows us to see the bigger picture of the war in midde-earth

    As usual, Tolkien’s prose is superb. He creates such a complex and detailed world without it being taxing for the reader. As the godfather of modern fantasy, this series is a must for all fantasy fans, and far superior to the films if you have already enjoyed those. There is so much more to learn and understand that the films had to skip over. A well deserved 5/5 stars – for it’s influence on the genre alone if nothing else.


    Performance – 4/5

    Rob Inglis does a very good job with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He describes a detailed and complex world so well, making it an incredibly easy listen. I did feel that his character voices could have been a little more distinguishable, but his acting of them was done extremely well.


    Overall – 4.5/5

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    LoHo 02/04/2016
    LoHo 02/04/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Awsssssommmeee"

    It is good and very interesting overall it is good and great and good and great any

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    Ian 02/04/2016
    Ian 02/04/2016
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    "Read the book, saw the movie, loved the audiobook"

    I'll skip the review of the story, we all know it, its a 'Genius at work' moment. However, seeing the trilogy in the cinema, in advance of listening to this epic tale, I think improved the listen. Peter Jackson's characters almost fitted my imagining perfectly and this made listening, aided by a fantastic narration, a breeze. Oh, that there were more of it's kind out there.

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    CAROL 22/03/2016
    CAROL 22/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Book 2 Another masterpiece. Wonderful reading."

    Loving this epic. Ready for book three and another marathon of listening. Already looking forward to listening to them all again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Callum 09/03/2016
    Callum 09/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book, Great narrator"

    The story is just as exciting as the movie if not more as there are much more juicy details that the movies couldn't fit in. The narrator makes this book so much better as he tells it very well and his character voices are on point the whole way through

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    Darren 26/01/2016
    Darren 26/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "stunning"

    the story is extremely well read and the different voices used for each character add another dimension, superb, enjoyed every minute of the telling

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    Andrew 07/09/2015
    Andrew 07/09/2015
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    "A brilliant telling"

    An unforgettable story. The ents were particularly enjoyable. Direct interactions with Saruman were gripping. Surprisingly, no mention of Sam and Frodo in this half of the book. The next half (Volume 2) begins with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Catherine
    HampshireUnited Kingdom
    18/10/05
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    "third book of the series"

    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. This is the third book. (Start with "Fellowship of the Ring book 1")

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kasper
    17/10/15
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    "absolutely perfect"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    I love the narration by Rob Inglis, the story is ofcourse amazing it's such ashame the rights to this book are not available in my country any more.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica trusler
    10/04/15
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    "The two towers, part I"

    Superb rendition of one of my favorite tales, excellent narration, the Ents came alive for me here -performance well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sivitrii
    Zillmere, Australia
    01/09/14
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    "Ents FTW !!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a classic and epic tale that everyone should enjoy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lord of the Rings?

    The meeting of Rohan's riders and the remaining members of the 9 Walkers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every scene with Treebeard, including those being described by Pippin and Merry.


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

    Many sections needed to be listened to in one sitting, but the story overall is far too long for that to be an option.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    09/07/14
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    "Fool of a Took!"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    Greatest book ever.


    What other book might you compare The Lord of the Rings to and why?

    No other book can compare. George R R Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series comes closest, followed by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The Lord of the Rings stands far above them all.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Merry and Pippin escape from the Orcs into Fangorn forest and meet Treebeard. The dialogue that takes place in this chapter is full of humour and is one of most memorable moments. The Hobbits grow taller as a result of drinking the draught given to them and their hair becomes curlier. Treebeard and the ents decide to attack Isengard.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siri
    Tromsø, Norway
    25/04/13
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    "Classic"

    I remember reading this when I was younger I used a year to read the hole thing and I am a better person for it. It is a grate book that all should read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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