• The Lord of the Rings

  • The Fellowship of the Ring: The Ring Sets Out
  • By: J. R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,703 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring.

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook.

Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

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.

©1954, 1966 The Tolkien Estate Limited (P)1991 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"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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A joy to hear

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!

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Just BRILLIANT

I just can't get enough of this magnificently written masterpiece. Lord of the Rings is a wonderful exciting escape for me and now thanks to audible I can take it with me everywhere. I can listen to it in the car, lying in bed or sitting on a park bench. Absolutely BRILLIANT audible - give me more !!!

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Well done but undone by greed

Rob Inglis does a very good job of narrating. Personally I could do without the singing and I would rather he simply read the songs but no complaints overall. You can hear every word very clearly and he reads with feeling so you don't feel as though he's just going through the motions.

My only complaints are:

1. In common with most Tolkien fans I think the book is too short.
2. The publisher and/or Audible are guilty of greed by dividing the book into 6 credits. This is not in the spirit of the contract that I have with Audible. Lord of the Rings is one book and should be one credit. It could arguably be divided into three books but certainly not six! Shame on you!

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Absolutely worth listening

I've read the Fellowship of the Ring twice. With Rob Inglis' voice added to this classic, it becomes ten times better. It is sad to see the Fellowship being broken up into two downloadable parts, for which you have to pay separately. It must be mentioned however that Audible's price for it is still much cheaper than buying the audio CD's.

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whole book not available for download

While the first half of the fellowship of the ring (Book 1) is great, the second half (Book 2) evidently isn't available on the site for download. If it is, I haven't found it. This makes buying the first half of the book fairly worthless - I shouldn't have assumed "Part 2" as identified on the download meant the same Part 2 that is in the actual book.

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"The Lord of the Rings" is 1 novel, not 6.

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For some reason "The Lord of the Rings" was split into 6 separate downloads, even though it's by all standards a single book. Different parts of it are not meant to be read by themselves.

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Audible locks you out of the rest of Inglis' LotR.

It appears you can get this title when you first sign up for audible, but if you think you're going to spend the rest of your tokens to get the whole series, think again Americans. Once you log in to your account you get a red error saying, "Due to publishing agreements, this title is not available in the country where you live." I hope I can cancel without penalty.

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  • 11-17-12

Great (but pricey) production

Rob Inglis is the perfect narrator for this story. I just wish the book wasn't sold in six separate parts - very (and unnecessarily) pricey. But I bought and enjoyed all six anyway - the story is too well written, and Rob Inglis does too good a job reading it, to stop after the first one.

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Amazing Story Matched by an Amazing Performance!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lord of the Rings to be better than the print version?

In a way, yes. Many people have a problem reading the print version because Tolkein loves to use very long descriptions and histories along with a very liberal use of songs and poems. These suit an audio version, where the listener can just sit back and soak in the atmosphere created by the vivid descriptions, or enjoy the songs actually sung by the narrator. The voices are also a treat.

The format of the book also suits a voiced narrator as Tolkein writes in the format of a story teller telling you a tale of a world bigger than the books.

What did you like best about this story?

The scale of the story is so epic yet personal. And having just listened to The Hobbit, the many references make the world feel so alive and real.

Any additional comments?

As someone who watched the films before listening/reading the books, I can appreciate the care that both writer and director put in in creating this world in print and in film. Amazing!

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Americans: Don't Buy!

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You can't download the rest of the books if you live in the U.S., beware. All Americans who have downloaded this are stuck with only half a book.

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  • Freddie
  • 11-08-19

Great book, Needs re-recording

Great book, obviously. Only issue is the recording.
I can forgive the background hiss, and maybe even the volume changes, due to its age. But there are a couple of chapters where you can clearly hear conversations in the background...
And on a personal note I'm not overly keen on the voice acting Rob Inglis. Maybe one day a new recording will be done to truly do the story justice.

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  • m
  • 02-15-15

Superb narration and very relaxing

As I travel back and forward to work a 35 minute journey each way I found it to be very relaxing and passed the time in a very enjoyable way and made coming home from a stressful day a pleasure to look forward to and shortened the journey . I really enjoyed it

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  • Nat
  • 02-20-11

Brilliant

I am a 14 year old boy who has never really bothered to read Lord of the Rings before now. I have recently got audible and this was the first audiobook that I brought. I was not disappointed. It was very well read and the story was incredibly gripping. I really loved it and I hope that you will consider buying this book.

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  • M Poole
  • 12-23-12

The joy never fades

I first read the LOTR when I was 13, and on occasion I wish I had never read it. Not because it's a bad story, but because it's a world of wonder that I wish I could enter anew again. The depth of the tale, the breadth of the world created by Tolkien exists as a beautiful overlay for our own, creating a window into what the past might have been like as well as understanding how the present could be changed by the action of those with courage they were unaware they possessed. On top of that, it's a great story for anyone at any time. I read it regularly, with no expectations of seeing anything new but it's always there, waiting to be discovered. Take the time to listen to a tale of courage, betrayal, evil and triumph. And love.

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  • Steven wisniewski
  • 01-25-18

great but some issues with quality

the reading itself is fine, if a little stiff in places. the narrator does a wonderful job with the songs. there are noticable background noises in sone places, better sound proofing should have been a priority for an audiobook recording.

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  • Ian
  • 05-09-09

Superb production

Reviewing these books (the whole trilogy, not just the first volume), a classic work of the twentieth century, would be an impertinence I think. It's unlikely you'd consider buying the whole set if you don't already know and enjoy the story. If you admire it without reservation you're possibly unusual. In such a sweeping and varied epic there will inevitably be elements you respond to less than others; for me these would include characters such as Tom Bombadil, many of the songs, the master-servant relationship between some of the Hobbits and the rather stilted, pseudo-Biblical prose style of some of the later sections of The Return of the King. Those are purely subjective responses though; others may well enjoy those very aspects.

What impressed me most, after buying and listening to the complete work (over 52 hours) was the mastery of the reader, Rob Inglis. Other long stories have been ruined for me by a monotonous or weak reading. In a sense, Inglis is in competition with the BBC radio dramatisation (which I thought excellent and still return to)and more recently the three-film version (which I thought equally brilliant). Given that, his rendition is a delight, a tour de force in fact. He never lost my interest, seeming to command a completely convincing and extensive repertoire of character voices which managed to carry the narrative along with complete authority. Brilliant. Thank you, Mr Inglis..! (Out of curiosity I checked listener reviews of this production on Amazon's website and was astonished to find that some thought it dreadful. Interestingly there were no 'in-between' reviews, either 'superb' or 'awful'. I guess you'll just have to buy the first volume to decide what your own response is...)

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  • Isobel
  • 05-24-07

The Fellowship

A wonderful atmospheric recording of the first part of The Lord of the Rings. Rob Inglis' narration brings the characters to life. I think Tolkien would be pleased with this version of his book.

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  • SE75
  • 04-22-15

A great book well read.

I have always loved Lord of the Rings, and I try and read it regularly, I've tried the audio books now for first time and they're great. The narrator does a great job.

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  • Blake's Tyger
  • 12-23-12

Timeless - and stunning.

As someone else says, it seems an impertinence to review these books - they have to be the most loved novels of the 20thC, across the world.



I originally bought the trilogy on i-Tunes, not realising they don't have a cloud for audiobooks. So when my computer crashed, I lost the lot, as my back up disks were also damaged in the intervening years, meaning I could only retrieve a section of the book. iTunes refused to restore the books for me - upsetting as it was my largest single investment in any audiobook. Hence joining Audible, and making LOTR my main goal for the first year of membership! I'd have joined Audible to buy these books, alone.



My autistic teenager has always struggled with reading, so having these on audiobook has been an absolute boon, to him. He listens to them constantly, and has no problem with the complex language, and subtle emotions.



Rob Inglis's reading is pitch perfect. The producers of the trilogy could not have chosen a better narrator. A faultless rendition of what is, for so many people, a book they return to over and over again, throughout their lives. Having lost them once, ("My precioussss!") I will treasure the Audible LOTR books, and value them as much as my definitive Harper Collins printed version.

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  • DJ Morpheus
  • 01-23-10

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!

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  • Bek
  • 11-05-17

Wonderful story, poor production

The narrator has a dreadfully full voice and makes every character sound like a boring old man. He has not done such a fantastic story justice!

I am also disappointed in the production quality is general. There is so much breath in the mix, surely they had the budget to mix and master properly???
There are multiple times where you can hear background noise - doors slamming, conversation, laughter etc. it’s only faint, but it’s there and i am so shocked! This is very amateur work.

The narrator has three different voice types.
1. Old man with a childish slightly frantic tone used for every hobbit.
2. Old man with a deeper tone used for wizards, elves and dwarves.
3. Old man with a higher pitched tone uses for orcs and Gollum

I would love to hear this story again with a younger narrator who has more skills in voice over.

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  • Hannah
  • 12-22-17

Not the right narrator

Fantastic and mesmerising classic novel however I’m not convinced that Rob Inglis is the most appropriate narrator. Not enough distinction between characters and a metre at times that just doesn’t fit.

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  • Sarah Kuyken
  • 08-11-17

death by narrator

we all know the story is amazing... but that narrator ... ohhhh that narrator. I was tempted at times to crash my car to shut him up.

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  • Mish
  • 06-23-20

Why so much hate for the narrator?!?

I held off purchasing this audiobook due to all the negative reviews related to the narrator. When it went on sale I purchased it and I’m annoyed with myself for not getting it sooner! The narrator is perfect and in my opinion it sounds exactly as it should.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-17

perfect in all ways but one.

I can't do justice to the story or the narrator in words, but the quality, from an audiophile's perspective, means I must critique the audio quality of the voice: the dynamic range can peak a few times, and the rare music that plays is quite irritatingly bad. Rob Inglis isn't exactly a singer either.

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  • Will
  • 02-15-16

A different and immersive experience...

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I read LOTR years ago before any of the movie versions arrived and though I don't remember much of it I'm glad that I did.

Firstly, I really enjoyed seeing the movies (except for a dodgy early cartoon version). Their collective dramatic impact was a visual and musical feast - but it was wonderful to be immersed again in the imagination that the word - written or spoken - evokes. Obviously the book has more detail and nuance than a screenplay, and I think that overall Tolkien intended (bookwise) a better experience of the story at a fantasy level. Some may disagree with that - but I found, for example, the elves more elvish, the magic more subtle and the descriptions of the moments and surroundings more poetic.

Secondly, Rob Inglis's narration is highly listenable. His rendition of Gandalf's character made me think of Ian McKellen's screen version. He does a tolerably good job of singing the songs and poems sprinkled throughout the story. He doesn't get full marks though, as there are a few points where the voice cracks inexplicably. I concentrate best and listen in the car in 20 - 30 minute sessions and really look forward to my drive to and from work.

Looking forward to hearing The Two Towers and Return of the King.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-20

Too old the recording. needs a fresh new voice

The recording has seen its day. After listening to Stephen Fry narrate Harry Potter and Andy Serkis narrate the hobbit. This version is very old and needs a face lift but not be dramatised like the other version on here.

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  • Jaren
  • 09-19-18

Great listen overall

Rob Inglis is perfect with all the voices for the characters, although i could do without the improvised singing...

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  • Matthew
  • 10-23-16

It's LOTR what more do I need to say

Great story and narration. Can be slow in some parts but it's worth the wait

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  • laef
  • 09-22-18

good old classic

good old classic fantasy.
amazing as always, definitely recommend for any reader. really loved it.

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