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Summary

This brand-new unabridged audiobook of The Two Towers, the second part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic adventure, The Lord of the Rings, is read by the BAFTA award-winning actor, director and author Andy Serkis. 

The company of the Ring is torn asunder. Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin - alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

This continues the classic tale begun in The Fellowship of the Ring, which reaches its awesome climax in The Return of the King.

©1954, 1966 The Tolkien Estate Limited (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Masterpiece? Oh yes, I’ve no doubt about that." (Evening Standard)

"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and those who are going to read them." (Sunday Times)

An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent, in a region where everything is invented, forest, moor, river, wilderness, town and the races which inhabit them.’ (The Observer

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Gollum!

Did I walk around in public with a huge grin when I heard Serkis' Gollum return in this the best version of this tale?
Yes, I did.

In general, Serkis does a very good job with all the characters, with some clearly inspired from the movies.
Would recommend this to everyone!

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Yorkshire!

This gets 5 stars because Serkis gave all Gondorians a Yorkshire accent, the greatest accent in the world.

Boromir seems less out of place amongst his Kingsman now, particularly his brother and father.

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Serkis gives this everything! I wish he hadn't

I really enjoyed Serkis' highly animated reading of The Fellowship, but this one just takes it too far. It's more like a one-man radio play than an audiobook. The orc and ent voices in particular are so over-the-top that I spent the entirety of several sections cringing and desperately wanting them to be over. Good luck listening to this for evening relaxation; if you set the volume to be able to hear the quieter sections, you will have to endure full-on shouting from Serkis when the action picks up. It's certainly a strong performance, but I'm wondering who exactly briefed him and why they didn't suggest he tone things down a bit. The best thing I can say about this one is at least there weren't as many songs to endure. Although the ent song is particularly painful, I skipped through most of it.

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A terrific experience

Serkis has done a fantastic job in narrating the trilogy. This was a great experience as a first time reader of the trilogy. Serkis does a fantastic job in creating the atmosphere with each character distinctive voices that are connected to the movies and, of course, you cannot forget the performance of Gollum. I grew to enjoy this book while listening and I am looking forward to listening to The Return of the King.

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Simply Phenomenal

Absolutely superb performance by Mr Serkis as always. extremely glad these have been produced.

It has made a simply great story even more great which didn't think was possible.

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listen at 1.30 speed

Listen at 1.30 speed. and 1.4 speed during the treebeard chapter. Thank me later!!!

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Remarkable!

Remarkable book, remarkable story read remarkably! Brought to life for the listener, an ageless epic account of a time that may have been...

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My Precious

The main reason of me getting these books again was to see Andy serkis back doing his famous gollum and my word he didn't disappoint , I look forward to seeing some more of gollum in ROTK

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Tree beard let's it down

Andy Serkis was brilliant as normal, but the chapters with treebeard are so boring. It really slows the story down and is a struggle to get through. The chapters with Frodo, Sam and gollum are engaging and captivating.

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A great rendition of a true classic.

Fantastic narration by Andy Serkis. Brought the book to life. On to the Return of the King.

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  • 22-07-22

Less engaging than Fellowship, but still classic

I feel as though there's a bit more dead space towards the end than would be ideal, but a lot of it is world building, which is really the point after all. Andy Serkis knocked it out of the park with the performance, of course.

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  • Peter
  • 09-07-22

Fantastic narration..

Fantastic narration of the Greatest Story of All Times! Impressive how many voice improvisations Andy Serkis skilfully and superbly masters...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-06-22

Amazing

Two Towers is just as amazing as the Fellowship. Great peformance by Mr. Serkis. I was really looking forward to hear the Smeagol in this one and it was just like from movie! It's unbelievable that he really does it without any sound effects.

Only one thing bothered me here just like in Fellowship. The singing. There is so much of it and the songs are very long so sometimes I had to skip them. I never noticed it in the books, probably because I was just reading them without singing.

Otherwise, what else can I say? It's Tolkien, of course I recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-22

Brilliant

We all should know the story behind these books, so I wont go into detail about that, other than to say that the books are much more different than the movies.
Andy Serkis (who plays Gollum in the movies) is a master of voices and he brings these skills into reading Tolken's Lord of the Rings. I can really recommend these as Serkis is a national treasure and you can feel that he has a deep love and respect for these books.

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  • Emese
  • 06-03-22

phenomenal performance

I have listened to every single audiobook version of all of Tolkien's works, and Andy Serkis' version is BY FAR the best! He truly does justice to this beloved, epic tale.

I was amazed throughout the book of how similar he makes the characters sound to their movie version. At times it is almost impossible to tell whether it is Sean Bean / Ian Mckellen/ etc or Andy Serkis speaking!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-22

Great storyteller

Loved it. Mr Serkis truly delivered a captivating version of one of the greatest books ever written.

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  • Pekka Rautajoki
  • 19-01-22

Stellar performance

Mr. Serkis continues his stellar performance reading the second installment of the Lord of the Rings. Definitely one of the best audiobooks ever.

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  • Ryan Fox
  • 03-12-21

Incredible to listen too

The performance that Andy Serkis gives in this version of the two towers is incredible. It was nice to hear gollum’s voice again voicing all of the dialogue rather than snippets from the films. How Andy portrays the orcs is also amazing, each orc has a different voice which really adds to the depth of the story.

I also like the fact that the book is split in half, between the two sets of characters so it doesn’t feel jarring going from plot to plot. Would highly recommend.

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  • Magdalena Lilla
  • 18-11-21

THANK YOU ANDY SERKIS!

Thank you Andy Serkis for narrating this timeless classic, of JRR Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings! Your performance is magical, transporting the listener and reader into Middle earth, making them part of the story.

Fans of Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, this is a must listen! Tip: Listen and read along the story at the same time! 🙂📖🎧❤

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  • Hans T.
  • 16-11-21

What a thrill!

Andy Serkis' great narration skills and voice acting makes it come jaw-droppingly alive in your ears in all its glory.