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Publisher's Summary

The Two Towers is the second volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic saga, The Lord of the Rings.

The Fellowship has been forced to split up. Frodo and Sam must continue alone towards Mount Doom, where the One Ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape.

In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe - hobbits, elves, and wizards - spring to life. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

©1983 Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R.Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R.Tolkien (P)1990 Recorded Books

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Although it was originally published some 60 years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga remains a classic through the ages. The tome has been one of the best-selling novels of all time, having sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. This story of fantasy and adventure, beyond just being entertaining, contains myriad profound messages about friendship, love, and hope. Here are some of the best quotes to take with you on your next journey.

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Thank goodness - finally

One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the second of three, you'll want the other two.

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Two Towers Cause Lots of Trouble

There has been a lot of speculation about which two towers Tolkien meant. I will go out on a limb and say I think he was talking about the alliance between Isengard and Bara-dur. The fellowship has been split apart by which direction to take the ring. Frodo and Sam head for Mordor, followed and eventually lead by Gollum. Sam doesn't trust him an inch. Frodo pities Gollum as Bilbo did and hopes he can be redeemed. Together they struggle towards what seems an impossible goal: getting into Mordor without being caught or seen. Who or what will they meet on the way? Faramir, a captain of Gondor, and younger brother of Boromir finds them in the forests of Ithilien. Will he be a help or a hindrance? Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli decide to race after Merry and Pippen who were captured by Urak-hai orcs. Can they rescue the hobbits? What awaits them in Fanghorn Forest? Who or what will they meet there? In the plains of Rohan they meet Eomer, a captain of that country. The people of Rohan are in trouble because of the treachery of Sauruman, the wizard. Can Aragorn and his friends aid them against the evil armies of Isengard? This book is a fast mover. The characters are rich and worth getting to know. The story is advanced in a pleasing/distressing way. Pleasing because they grow and evolve. Distressing because new foes are introduced and must be routed or defeated. Each character is tested to their limits. New characters add to the weaving of this tale. Better have The Return of the King ready. This book ends with characters in dire peril!

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Thank you, Audible! Tolkien at long last!

What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rob Inglis is an excellent narrator for these books. He performs every song with loving attention, which really elevates this performance compared with reading the words on the printed page. When I read these works, I end up skipping much of the lyrics because they are so lengthy. To hear them performed is a real treat.

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I really appreciate that Audible has finally made these available.

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"the Lord of the Rings" unabridged - MARVELOUS!

As far back as the 60's you seldom saw me without a well dog-eared copy of one of Professor Tolkien's books in my pocket!
I've listened to "the Lord of the Rings (dramatized)" on the radio, tape and Audible - and will, likely do so again. BUT, to follow Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Aragorn, inch by inch, from the settled land of the Shire to Mordor as they face their many perils is truly a treat! Just close your eyes and be right at their shoulder as they overcome daunting odds!

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One Book to Rule Them all

I think the second book is the best. Thanks Audible for making it available, it has taken over my commute.

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One of my favorite books

What did you love best about The Two Towers?

The Tolkien series is one of my favorite reads and to narrow down any one piece would be impossible to do. I am delighted to finally find these books performed in an unabridged manner on Audible! Rob Inglis did a wonderful job on the narration, and I found myself once again transported to the wilds of Middle Earth on a great exploration.

What other book might you compare The Two Towers to and why?

The Hobbit, the Fellowship of the Ring, and The Return of the King are all pieces of the same saga.

What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

At first I was doubtful that Rob would be able to overcome the characters that Peter Jackson created in his film renditions of the Lord of the Rings series. I was very pleasantly surprised, however, as I became fascinated with Rob's portrayal of the characters. His singing voice is lovely and he was able to really pull off the characters.

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If you love fantasy, you will not regret selecting this series. It will be an annual listening experience for me!

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Absolutely Wonderful!

A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!

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as always wonderful

Continuing the saga, this is well read. I really enjoy listening to Tolkien. His language develops into a style fitting of stories of old, and this really comes through in the recorded form.

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Classic!

I was young when I first read these books so I was excited when I found out they were finally available on Audible.com in the US. If you haven't read them in a while, LISTEN! If you've never read them, LISTEN!

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Great Story, Good Narration

The Lord of the Rings is a true classic and if you have not experienced it (or only experienced the movies) this recording should be a wonderful experience. This recording includes the prefix and appendices (both at the end of the recording), which might be dry for some, but is great for LOTR geeks. Having an unabridged Lord of the Rings on Audible has been long awaited and is terrific. If I had not been exposed to the NPR/Minds-Eye production of this series I would have been pretty happy with the narration. The Minds-Eye production was abridged but was a really excellent performance. Rob Ingles’ narration is very good, and he does particularly well presenting the difficult epic poetry sections, but I did not much like his singing and overall a simple narration can’t compete with the Minds-Eye performances. Nevertheless I was very happy to have this excellent unabridged version. I started out a little unhappy with the narration, but as time went on I just became quite immersed in the story.

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