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.
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"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)
"LOTR - Beautifully read"
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.
"Brilliant reading. A model audio book"
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.
Couldn't find the time to read the series & I decided to listen while running. Initially it feels slightly dated however I found myself griped after a while & found myself running more just to hear the stories through. Even the singing parts were ok albeit didn't add much to the story. I'd say if you like fantasy at all you have to read tolkeins work, or like me listen if you don't have the time.
Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.
I am a massive fan of the series. Rob Inglis turns these books into a reality for me. His voice is perfect for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I would highly recommend them.
"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.
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