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4.00006355360342 out of 54.00006355360342 out of 54.00006355360342 out of 54.00006355360342 out of 54.00006355360342 out of 5 4.00 (40,753 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Narrator: Rob Inglis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781470337605
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The saga of The Lord of the Rings continues. In The Two Towers, the Fellowship of the Ring has broken; Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli discover Boromir's death, and that the hobbits Pippin and Merry have been kidnapped by orcs. In desperate pursuit, they learn of the betrayal of the wizard Saruman, who seeks to align the two towers of Isengard and Mordor against the free people of Middle-Earth. Saruman's first step is the destruction of the horse-riders of Rohan, and the seige at Helm's Deep will determine the fate of a once-great people.

Meanwhile, Frodo Baggins, bearer of the One Ring, and his faithful companion Samwise Gamgee, continue to the east, charged with the terrible burden of casting the ring of power into Mount Doom. As they head towards the dark lands of Mordor, they encounter Gollum, a vicious creature twisted by centuries of exposure to the One Ring. At times it appears that Gollum can be trusted, as he reverts to his old self of Smeagol, guiding them through the hazards of the evil in front of them. But an encounter with Faramir, brother of Boromir and leader of the Gondorian rangers, delivers a terrible warning; Gollum may know more about the secret entrance to Mordor than he is telling.

J.R.R. Tolkien, considered by many to be the progenitor of the high fantasy genre, was an English writer and university professor. Indeed, as a professor he esteemed himself as well; his lecture on Beowulf had a lasting influence on research in that field, and his production of A Middle English Vocabulary and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight with E.V. Gordon became academic standards for decades. He wrote The Hobbit, released in 1937, which was popular enough to request a sequel, and thus the epic trilogy of The Lord of the Rings was published in 1954-55. For his literary and academic works, Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on March 28, 1972.

Inspired by The Hobbit and begun in 1937, The Lord of the Rings is the saga of the great War of the Rings. As he crafted the alphabets, languages, and landscapes of Middle-earth, Tolkien created one of the most popular and imaginative works in English literature.

The Two Towers is the second volume of The Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship has been forced to split up, and Frodo and Sam must continue alone toward Mount Doom, where the ring must be destroyed. Meanwhile, at Helm’s Deep and Isengard, the first great battles of the War of the Ring take shape. In this splendid, unabridged audio production of Tolkien’s great work, all the inhabitants of a magical universe—hobbits, elves, wizards, and humans—step colorfully forth from the pages. Rob Inglis’ narration has been praised as a masterpiece of audio.

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  • “An extraordinary work—pure excitement, unencumbered narrative, moral warmth, barefaced rejoicing in beauty, but excitement most of all; yet a serious and scrupulous fiction, nothing cozy, no little visits to one’s childhood.”

    New York Times

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    " This was my first time reading The Hobbit, and I loved it. Tolkien's writing makes you feel as though your grandpa just sat you down for a story. I read this after already being a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings movies and now can't wait to see the new Hobbit movies! How they're going to split this book up into three films I have no idea! "

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About the Author

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other tales of Middle-earth, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

About the Narrator

Rob Inglis has appeared with the Royal Shakespeare and Royal Court Theatre companies. He has played such roles as the Ghost and Claudius in Hamlet and Mr. Bumble in Oliver. He regularly tours Europe and the US with his repertoire of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Dickens, Orwell, and Stevenson dramatizations.