Lord of the Rings Audio Books


One of my favorite genres is fantasy fiction. No one does it better than J.R.R. Tolkien with the Lord of the Rings audio books! He is truly a master at weaving this tale about a magical world filled with curious creatures like hobbits and elves. I had read the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was a kid, but listening to the Lord of the Rings audio books is even more magical!

I purchased these as a CD set. They are read by the very talented Rob Inglis. I loved these so much I hated it every time I had to stop listening (darn sleep and job!). I couldn’t wait to resume listening to the Lord of the Rings audio books. Following is my brief review of each of the audio books in this set.

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1. The Fellowship of the Ring

The first book in the Lord of the Rings audio books set is The Fellowship of the Ring. Being the avid audio book lover that I am, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this fantastic tale of Frodo and his hobbit friends. I love the Lord of the Rings audio books because they are truly unabridged – you get the whole story with nothing left out! Rob Inglis does a great job in his vocal depiction of each character without overdoing it. The book is very well done and, rather than having a lot of distracting music or other effects, it truly focuses on each of its very delightful characters. I quickly found myself immersed in the story. I felt as if I was right there in Middle Earth starting their long journey with them!

2. The Two Towers

Book number two in the Lord of the Rings audio books is The Two Towers. To me, this second book was more fun than the first. Tolkien continues right where he left off in the first book (after all, these were initially intended to be one long volume), as Frodo and Sam continue on their perilous quest. One of my favorite parts in this second of the Lord of the Rings audio books is their encounter with the two-faced, annoying and devilishly cunning Gollum. I also found my heart pounding as two of Frodo’s delightful companions, Merry and Pippin, try to escape the villainous Orcs.

This book wonderfully shows the power of friendship as you witness the unbreakable bond between Frodo and his three friends. When I finished listening to this second of the Lord of the Rings audio books I was so glad that there was still one more to go. I definitely was not ready to leave Middle Earth just yet!

3. The Return of the King

I have to say I had bittersweet feelings as I started this last of the Lord of the Rings audio books. I was both eager and excited to see how the story was going to play out, who was going to live, who was going to die, and if they were going to succeed in their dangerous quest for the powerful ring. But I was also truly sad that it was the last of the Lord of the Rings audio books.

Listening to the bloody battle taking place at Pelenor Fields made my heart pound. I also felt I was right there with Aragorn who, destined to wear the crown, was trying so hard to get to his homeland. And Sam’s heroic efforts to save Frodo had me on the edge of my seat as I listened intently.

This finale of the Lord of the Rings audio books was truly the best of the three. The classic theme of good versus evil and the dedication of friends who will risk their lives for one another had me cheering out loud many times throughout this audio book. If you don’t have the Lord of the Rings audio books, I highly recommend you purchase them. They are truly entertaining, thought provoking, imaginative, and just plain fun! This is story-telling at its absolute finest!

Lord Of The Rings Audio Books

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