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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 5.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Narrator: Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, and Robert Stephens Publisher: AudioGO Format: Original Staging Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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The second part of J. R. R. Tolkien's, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers takes up the story of Frodo and Sam who are traveling to Mordor to destroy the ring of power while their friends, Merry, Pippin, and the rest of the fellowship, have their own adventures, meeting Orcs and battling the wizard Saruman. The story begins with Merry and Pippin who are captured by Orcs but escape into the forest where they meet an Ent—a tree-like creature who can walk and talk. At a meeting of Ents, it is decided that they must take part in the battle against Saruman who is destroying the forest.

At the same time, we discover that Gandalf isn't dead, as we thought in book one. He died as Gandalf the Grey but has been resurrected as Gandalf the White. When the fellowship, consisting of the elf Legolas, the dwarf Gimli and the human Aragorn, meet him, they are wild with joy to see that he's alive. Together, they all make their way to the hall of King Theoden where they expose the king's advisor, Wormtongue, as being hand in glove with Saruman. And finally, they confront Saruman himself.

Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo meet a distorted creature named Gollum who takes them to the gates of Mordor and later offers to conduct them, via a more circuitous but safer route, into Mordor itself. However, Gollum turns on them and delivers Frodo into the clutches of a large spider. Sam manages to kill the spider but he thinks that Frodo is dead, only to realize, when a number of Orcs come and take him away, that Frodo was still alive. The book ends with Sam's anguish at letting Frodo get caught but there is still hope because Frodo isn't dead yet.

J. R. R. Tolkien has created a wonderful world of elves, dwarves, humans who live longer than average, hobbits and orcs. There are scenes of battle as well as episodic adventures in this series. More than anything, there is a development of character and friendships, as Frodo learns who he can trust and who he can't.

J. R. R. Tolkien is best known for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit which have both been made into successful movies, with the second part of The Hobbit scheduled to open in December 2013. However, in his lifetime, Tolkien was a retiring man who did not seek out fame and fortune. A professor at Oxford, he taught English language and literature. He was married with four children and a great friend of C. S. Lewis, the writer of The Chronicles of Narnia, another great fantasy classic. He was a Roman Catholic and influenced Lewis' decision to convert to Christianity although he was disappointed to find that Lewis chose to become a Protestant. They both critiqued each other's works and formed part of the literary group known as the Inklings.

Download this BBC dramatised version of The Two Towers now and find yourself surrounded by elves, dwarves, hobbits and humans, all joined in a common cause - to destroy the ring of power and prevent the rise of Sauron, the dark lord.

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the second book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm. Download and start listening now!


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb .L. Moore | 12/14/2012

    " they are good books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 5/23/2011

    " Excellent fantasy series. Esoteric language, but if you're determined it's an amazing series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/22/2011

    " I've read this at least 3 times now. Brilliant work by Tolkien. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jóhanna María | 5/21/2011

    " It's a good Book, a great story and I can really tell that he wrote it as he told his children the story of Frodo and the fellow-ship :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natasha | 5/21/2011

    " I am not usually a huge fan of fantasy novels, but I had to make an exception for Tolkien. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 5/21/2011

    " Why hadn't I read this series earlier in my life? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 5/20/2011

    " no review will ever do Tolkiens books justice, simply read them and let yourself go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 5/20/2011

    " This wasn't exactly the edition that I have, but I'm assuming that the reading is all the same. This is the 2nd time I read the book & found new things each time. Now I want to rewatch the movie! Wonderful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gustavo | 5/20/2011

    " Changed my life. If every book I read could bring perspective like The Lord of the Rings, I`d be a smart smart lad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 5/18/2011

    " Read this twice and will probably do it again. Just a classic read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 5/17/2011

    " What can I say - one of my favourites of all time. An allegory of WWII with the nasty nazi's as Mordor and rural England as the innocent yet noble rural Englanders (pre-industrial) as the Hobbits. To design whole languages, interlocking stories and cultures. What an achievement.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sabah | 5/17/2011

    " Didn't like the book, so much so that I never finished it. Didn't like the movies either... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 5/16/2011

    " This one got me through High School without going insane, and I have re-read it probably 7 times including to my kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 5/14/2011

    " cool...lot of fantasy that u'd never dream or imaging before..will happy if those fantasy just happened in this world "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alberto | 5/11/2011

    " This has become the foundation of modern fantasy text. Very good read. "

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About the Author

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar of the English language, specializing in Old and Middle English. Twice Professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at the University of Oxford, he also wrote a number of stories, including most famously The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which are set in a pre-historic era in an invented version of the world which he called by the Middle English name of Middle-earth.