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This brand-new unabridged audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring, the first 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. 

In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power - the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord Sauron’s evil dominion. Thus begins J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic tale of adventure, which continues in The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

©1983 Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R.Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R.Tolkien (P)2021 Recorded Books

Featured Article: Character Guide—Frodo Baggins


One of the most beloved, enduring fantasy series of all time is the Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien. The trilogy was written as a sequel of sorts to Tolkien's previous fantasy work, The Hobbit. As we approach the 20th anniversary of the release of Peter Jackson's epic Academy Award-winning adaptation of the first entry in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, it seems like a great time to take a closer look at everyone's favorite Hobbit hero, Frodo Baggins! Here are answers to all your burning questions about Frodo, the furry-footed folk, friendships, and, of course, some wicked powerful jewelry.

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Perfection.

I own the Rob Inglis narration, and he did quite a decent job. I mean no disrespect at all to him. I've listened to it dozens of times.

However, when I heard that Andy Serkis was doing a new narration of what I consider some of the finest books ever written in the English language, I just about died. I knew instantly he would be brilliant, and I was not mistaken.

His talent is off the charts. He's one of the finest actors of his generation. He was flawless in the films.

I'm not finished with these new releases yet, but so far I have not one single complaint to make. As expected, he's incredible.

The only narrators I can think of who would be anywhere near this performance would be Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, or Cate Blanchett, and they wouldn't be better. That's some of the highest praise I could ever pay anyone. My mother read these books to me while I was still in the womb, and 56 years later the story remains an essential, vital part of my life.

Thank you, Andy. Thank you for this masterpiece of narration.

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Andy Serkis keeps the tradition of oral literature alive.

Andy Serkis is not simply a narrator; do not look here for a bed time story. Rob Inglis and his more traditional narration would serve you better if you would like to listen while you drift off. Serkis makes it entirely impossible—it is hard to fall asleep when you are so immersed in his storytelling. He has a unique voice that brings each character alive. He pays homage to the familiar voices that many of us associate with the cast of LOTR, but also uniquely marks each with his own tonal signature. This is quite literally the best narration of Tolkien’s work. Listening to Inglis is to be greeted with a familiar and beloved story. Listening to Serkis is to fall directly into Middle Earth.

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A Perfect Reading

I have not finished yet, but I have listened to enough to know that this is the definitive reading of The Lord of the Rings. Andy Serkis is amazing with his voice range. Even dry sections such as the prologue are made interesting with Serkis' performance. Absolutely incredible.

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WOW

Andy Serkis is really amazing.... I’ve read and heard the other audiobook... this by far is the best...would highly recommended.

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The best reading of this story by FAR in my opinio

Serkis performs SO spectacularly its amazing. If you have never read or have been thinking about re entering this world now is the time to do so!

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Andy Serkis

Andy Serkis tells this story with just as much attention and enthusiasm as he did “The Hobbit” last year and the moment he started narration I knew he was going to blow this out of the water.

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Precious

Just wow. Andy Serkis does a stunning reading of LoTR. If you haven’t read it, are a enthusiast, an Andy Serkis fan, or if you have a few spare credits pick this up!
The Fellowship of the Ring takes me back in time to my high school days (when I first read it). New life is breathed in. It’s a perfect reading.

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Serkis is a joy to listen to

I used to get sleepy during the slow bits of LotR and The Hobbit. And forget reading the songs—I skipped them every time. That was until Andy Serkis brought new life back into the telling of this greatest of tales. Serkis is a joy to listen to. I was grinning like a fool during my commute to and from work as Frodo and gang made their way out of the shire. Serkis’s narration of the barrow wights has so far been the highlight (they have only just left Bree).

You need these audiobooks in your life! Get The Hobbit while you’re at it, and start praying for a Silmarillion update to go with it (although I’d love Ian McKellan giving the Silmarillion a shot—Christopher Lee’s narration on Children of Hurin is great as well!).

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An absolute disaster

This abomination seems to be an attempt to dramatize every word that Tolkien wrote. Words imply meaning - at least to Tolkien and myself. The way Serkis reads this it appears he thinks that every word only implies excitement or suspense. It's impossible to listen to and loses Tolkien.

It gets worse when the dialogue starts. Serkis decides to go full voice acting. The most disturbing part of this is how it illustrates his complete lack of self awareness: he has zero voice acting talent in a live reading setting. What we end up with are cartoon characters with different accents. How am I supposed to follow the story when Aragorn now sounds like Batman? It gets worse. Serkis then decides to "dramatize" his already full voice acting. The result is something resembling anyone's worst nightmares about bad method acting.

I frankly do not believe any of the good reviews. And anyone saying this is better than Rob Inglis' masterpiece should be viewed with absolute suspicion.

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Andy Serkis for the win

Wow Andy really takes it to the next level. His voice for Gandalf is perfection.

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