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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.

©1954, 1966 The Tolkien Estate Limited (P)2021 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)

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Andy Serkis reads it in exactly the same way that he reads The Hobbit - like it is a children’s book, overly-expressive - which simply does not suit the tone or feel of The Lord of the Rings.

Certain voices are simply terrible (e.g. Gandalf) and his accents are wildly inconsistent and poor (e.g. Farmer Maggot - Andy Serkis can’t decide, often within the same sentence, whether he is ‘ooo-arrr’ or cockney).

His rendition of the various songs throughout the book are also frankly embarrassingly bad - no musical ability whatsoever, which ruins sadly them.

I should also add, his Gollum - which is clearly the only reason why he is doing this (and The Hobbit) audiobook - is actually, I think, absurdly overrated. He fundamentally misinterprets the character and basically infantilises him and, in some sense, makes him a comedic character. Serkis essentially robs Gollum of his depth and complexity and reduces him to a silly voice, a gimmick.

In short, I simply don’t think Andy Serkis actually understands The Lord of the Rings.

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Brilliant, what did we expect?

Amazing rendition of the the first chapter of the lord of the rings saga. Following on from his great performance reading the hobbit, Serkis is exceptional bring charisma and a range of voices to this great story. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this read through and I’m sure it will bring joy to a whole new generation of listeners/readers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 25-09-21

Fantastic narration!

I am absolutely in love with Andy Serkis’s narration! I’ll be listening to it over and over again!

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  • Johan N.
  • 16-10-21

Prepaid and waited

Struggling to finish, the performance will be rated high by some, and don't get me wrong, performing and narrating a story is something I will never be able to do. I have great respect for the people who do this but this one was not for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-09-21

One audiobook to rule them all.

For those who come from watching the movies alone, a listen to the Fellowship of the Ring will be a fantastic new adventure of a story they might consider themselves to already be familiar with. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by additions to lore and world building, or even completely new characters and stories.

The classic book reading by Rob Inglis is one dear to my heart, and it was inevitable that Andy Serkis would be compared to him. But I feel like there is no one better to replace Rob as the new standard as some has called this.

Not being a fan of the poems and songs to begin with, I must admit that Andy Serkis has given each and every one a good thought resulting in all of them being overall less dull and sometimes even quite beautiful.

There was little to no doubt on his voice acting, and he proved in this book that he’s perfect for it. As he was perfect for the Hobbit reading.

I am sure that this modern and worthy take will become the new standard for LotR audio books for many to come from here on out.

And if you end up falling in love with the story, I throughly recommend Rob Inglis and his work for your second listening to these tales.

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  • Tripp Fuller
  • 29-09-21

Amazing!!

Andy Serkis gave every LOTR fan a huge gift. This is more enjoyable than my high expectations imagined.

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  • Saud O.
  • 29-09-21

Outstanding

Simply put amazing, great performance leaving you on the edge of your seat. Enjoyed every moment. Starting the next book immediately

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-21

Awesome performance!

Andy Serkis breathes life into this great story! Telling it like no other has before! He has a great understanding and I think love for the Tolkien stories that comes through in this magnificent performance!

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  • Emily
  • 22-09-21

Brilliant

Been waiting for this for a while. It's an absolute delight. Serkis is fantastic and gives this wonderful classic text new life and is an absolute pleasure to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-21

Worth every minute

The performance is superb, as good as I expected it to be based on the Hobbit.

The story is as evergreen as always.

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  • Joachim L
  • 22-11-21

Excellent Read

Couldn't get into the books, but Andy's distinct and varied voiceovers got me hooked. An excellent plunge into the world of Middle Earth. Time for Book 2!

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  • Jared Smith
  • 20-11-21

Lord of the Audio Book

Andy Serkis brings such quality storytelling to the LOTR audio book. What an Epic!