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  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Andy Serkis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (8,028 ratings)

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The Fellowship of the Ring

By: J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Andy Serkis
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Summary

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.

©2025 Paul Delaney (P)2025 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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)

"A story magnificently told, with every kind of colour and movement and greatness." (New Statesman)

"Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron." (C. S. Lewis)

Featured article: Aragorn - a Lord of the Rings character guide


From his time as the ranger Strider to his ascension to King of Gondor, this guide has everything you need to know about the hero Aragorn. Perhaps one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Aragorn is known by many names: Strider, Elessar, Estel, and finally Aragorn II, heir to the throne of Gondor and Arnor. From a shadowy tracker who mysteriously comes to Frodo's aid to an essential member of the Fellowship of the Ring to the long-awaited king who restores harmony and peace to Middle-earth, Aragorn plays many important roles in the fantasy epic. And he has quite an interesting history.

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Terrible - Andy Serkis shouldn’t have been asked to read this

Andy Serkis reads this really very badly.

He over-annunciates, like he is a children’s TV presenter. It doesn’t suit the book at all.

His choice of voice for characters are very questionable - e.g. Gandalf is awful. His accents are poorly chosen, and wildly inconsistent and just not good.

His singing - and sense of melody - is uncomfortably bad.

His voice and performance is simply utterly ill-suited to this book. It prevents you from being immersed in the story and enjoying it.

I can only think that he chose to do this audiobook just so he could do his Gollum performance again - a vanity project. His popularity for his Gollum performance in the Jackson trilogy doesn’t mean he is well-suited to reading the book - and this audiobook utterly proves that.

Awful.

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After the Hobbit..

After listening to Andy read the Hobbit, I was spoilt for any other version..Imagine the joy when I heard he was reading all x3 LoR’s…ecstatic..and he did not disappoint..I am savouring every chapter, and I will not be waiting for a credit to acquire the other two..well done and thank you to both Andy Serkis and audible.
I would say to the person who preferred Rob Inglis..we all have our likes and dislikes and we are entitled to them, but you obviously did not listen for long, you must have made a decision to not like it..as it is brilliant..

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Disappointed

I love Lord of the rings. I have read it, oh I don’t really know how many times.

After listening for about an hour or so I decided to stop.

Rob Inglis’ narration is far superior in both LOTR and the Hobbit. As is Martin Shaw’s of the silmarillion.

I was left a little disappointed but Rob Inglis is very hard to beat

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Serkis Magic!

I was over the moon to find out a while back that Andy Serkis would continue to narrate the Lord of the Rings trilogy after the splendid Audible of The Hobbit.

Now it’s here…

I’ve always loved the Rob Inglis versions but it’s so refreshing and exciting listening through The Fellowship right now.

Not to be missed, thank you Mr Serkis and Audible for this amazing versions - new listeners are going to love it!

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Dreadful accents

When he's just reading, Andy Serkis' delivery and timbre is excellent. But… …the overall performance here is overwrought - it doesn't let the story speak for itself. And his character accents are atrocious - from the Mummersett stereotypes of much of the Hobbitry to - above all - the truly cringeworthy faux-Scots accent he gives Pippin. Certainly, as a Scot, this sounds exactly like a bad stand-up making bad Scots jokes, and it's probably going to be enough to stop me reaching the end. Very disappointed.

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Brilliant

Andy Serkis is fantastic here. He gives an authentic voice to every character. I think i'll find it difficult to go back to listening to the original audiobooks after hearing Andy's energy and enthusiasm. Thanks Andy.

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good effort

I was looking forward to this after having enjoyed the Rob inglis version many times.
I would say this is not as good, though not bad by any means.
Andy has a rather gruff cracked voice which is not the most pleasant to listen to, for my ears anyway, and doesn't suit a lot of the characters.

Also some rather odd choices of accents on characters, which he seems to have taken directly from the movies, like giving Pippin a Scottish accent.
Why would Pippin and Gimli have the same regional accent?
I also noticed many spots of poor acting or slipping and confused accents.
His Tom Bombadil was just irritating.
I also never liked his Gollum much, it's like a comedic chariciture.
It seems like it was a bit rushed overall.

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One audiobook to rule them all

An absolutely stunning and sublime performance by the wonderful Mr. Andy Serkis and yet another great reason to return to Middle Earth again this Fall. There is no other fantasy author quite like Tolkien and here his world is brought to life in breathtaking detail.
As always, the road goes ever on and on. We truly have been blessed.

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Masterful performance

Andy Serkis nails it. Strong individual character performances and a somber yet expressive narrator voice. The story is the story, if you want to know about The Lord of the Rings you can find that elsewhere!
One point of personal taste - he sings the songs. I would have preferred then spoken or chanted; but that’s what the 30 second skip button is for!

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very good book

Very good book well read by Andy Perkins and well directed and produced I did not want stop listenig

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