902 Audiobooks (Unabridged)*

  • Introduction
  • The Hobbit and LOTR Trilogy – Performed by Rob Inglis
  • The Silmarillion – Performed by Martin Shaw

Introduction

This page explores the unabridged audiobook editions, read (performed, actually, in multiple voices) by Rob Inglis for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy and by Martin Shaw for The Silmarillion. See the BBC Radio page for a multi-cast abridged version, first presented on radio in 1981.

Distributed by Random House Audio Publishing Group:

  • The Silmarillion

Distributed by Recorded Books LLC:

  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

The Hobbit and LOTR Trilogy – Performed by Rob Inglis

Audiobooks

The following details and descriptions are taken from the audiobook boxes.

The Hobbit

  • The Hobbit, performed by Rob Inglis
  • 10 CDs, 11 hours
  • Recorded Books, LLC, July 2001
  • ISBN 0-7887-8982-1

THE HOBBIT

The beloved prequel to The Lord of the Rings

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,” begins J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic introducing readers to the world of Middle-earth, an enchanting land of elves, goblins, trolls – and an endearing race of little people called hobbits.

For his comfortable hobbit hole, Bilbo Baggins embarks on an unexpected adventure with 13 dwarves and a powerful wizard.  It is a journey that takes Bilbo over rugged mountains and through dark forests.  Before he can return home again, Bilbo will use his courage and wits to outsmart hideous creatures, escape from impregnable fortresses, face down a formidable dragon, and survive an epic battle.  And he will come into possession of a very magical ring …

In The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien has created a vibrant world of wondrous beauty and terrifying evil.  Travel there with master narrator Rob Inglis as your guide through the only fully authorized unabridged recording of this timeless classic.

Author J.R.R. Tolkien was born in South Africa and raised in England, eventually becoming a professor at Oxford University.  His magical tales of the land of Middle-earth – including The Lord of the Rings trilogy – continue to enjoy immense, widespread popular appeal and fierce loyalty among their many fans.

Narrator Rob Inglis has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare and Royal court Theatre companies playing such roles as the Ghost and Claudius in hamlet and Mr. Bumble in Oliver.  He regularly tours Europe and the U.S. with his repertoire of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, and Tolkien dramatizations.

The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Fellowship of the Ring, performed by Rob Inglis
  • 16 CDs, 19.25 hours
  • Recorded Books, LLC, July 2001
  • ISBN 0-7887-8981-3

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings

From his fortress tower in Mordor, the evil sorcerer Sauron sends forth a darkness that creeps across the enchanted land of Middle-earth. Men and elves and dwarves have raised armies in futile efforts to combat this evil. Great wizards have failed to keep it in check. Sauron’s shadow threatens to engulf all.

But in the peaceful, far-off Shire, a hobbit named Frodo Baggins holds a ring that may be the key to defeating Sauron. Joining together in a fellowship of his closest friends and a mix of unlikely allies, under the guidance of the wizard Gandalf, Frodo prepares for a perilous journey in a desperate quest that may be the only hope for restoring light to the land.

Let master narrator Rob Inglis guide you through all the awesome beauty and terrifying evil of J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless world.

The Two Towers

  • The Two Towers, performed by Rob Inglis
  • 14 CDs, 11 hours
  • Recorded Books, LLC, June 2001
  • ISBN 0-7887-8983-X

THE TWO TOWERS

Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings

As Sauron’s dark forces spread out from Mordor through the lands of Middle-earth, the fellowship forged to destroy the One Ring of Power is broken. Most of the fellowship’s survivors race toward Isengard, where the growing strength of the renegade wizard Saruman threatens to leave a lush land in desolation. With huge armies building in preparation for the first great battles of the War of the Ring, the hobbits Merry and Pippin discover some unexpected allies.

Meanwhile, Frodo Baggins and the stalwart Samwise Gamgee set off across the bleak lands bordering Mordor as they continue their efforts to return the One Ring to Mount Doom – encountering a most unlikely guide along the way.

Continue your journey to J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless world of wondrous beauty and terrifying evil, with master narrator Rob Inglis as your guide through this only completely unabridged recording of one of the most beloved stories of all time.

The Return of the King

  • The Return of the King, performed by Rob Inglis
  • 16 CDs, 18.5 hours
  • Recorded Books, LLC, July 2001
  • ISBN 0-7887-8984-8

THE RETURN OF THE KING

Being the Third Part of The Lord of the Rings

The War of the Ring builds in intensity as the armies of the West form in defiance of the dark minions of Sauron pouring forth from Mordor. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam edge ever closer to Mount Doom. Desperate to avoid the watchful eye of the Dark Lord and the treacherous betrayal of Gollum, the two noble hobbits struggle through the Land of Shadow in an attempt to destroy the One Ring of Power and end Sauron’s evil reign forever.

Conclude your journey through J.R.R. Tolkien’s timeless world of wondrous beauty and terrifying evil with master narrator Rob Inglis as your guide for an unforgettable experience. This third part of the only completely unabridged recording of one of the most beloved stories of all time includes the author’s notes and “Annals of the Kings and Rulers,” originally presented as an appendix to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Silmarillion – Performed by Martin Shaw

The Silmarillion

  • The Silmarillion, performed by Martin Shaw
  • 13 CDs, 15  hours
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group, December 1998
  • ISBN 0-5534-5606-7

This box set includes an exclusive map of Beleriand, which is available at that link as a downloadable PDF.

The Silmarillion tells of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien’s World, when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-earth, and the High Elves made war upon them for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor. It is to this ancient drama that the characters in The Lord of the Rings so often look back.

Sit at the feet of the most beloved storyteller of the 20th century and hear how the world came to be. The Silmarillion is told here in a brilliantly faceted audio production, with all the glory of the First Age itself. Dazzlingly performed by Martin Shaw, it sparkles with the magic of the dawn of time – when Elves and Men roamed a world set spinning through space by the haunting music of supernatural choirs. Slip through the shadows and you, too, may catch the whisper of harp-song on the winds of the high air above the mists of the world.

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