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May 18

Teens Review: The Fellowship of the Ring audiobook

Posted on May 18, 2021 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

For this month's Teens Review, Abigail E. reviews the audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Teens & Tweens Review is an opportunity for York County Public Library teens and tweens to write book reviews for their peers. Check out what our youth are reading below.

Title/Author: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Format: Unabridged audiobook narrated by Rob Inglis
Reviewed by: Abigail E., 11th Grade
Rating: 5 Stars

The Fellowship of the Ring audiobook cover This fantasy classic is brought to life in a new way by Robert Inglis. The only unabridged recording of The Fellowship of the Ring, this audiobook is filled with all of the action, adventure, sorrow, suspense, and songs in the book. Inglis reads in an easy-to-follow tone and pace and his impressions for different characters are also clear and understandable as well as differentiable from each other. Throughout the opening at the Shire all the way to the end at Amon Hen, the story takes many twists and turns throughout Middle Earth with many loveable characters.

For those who have never been introduced to Tolkien’s universe, it is a great way to listen on a road trip or to listen along as you read. For those who have already seen the movies but not read the books, it is a great introduction to the original story and grows appreciation for the accuracy of the films. For those returning to the series, it is a familiar classic transformed into dulcet yet vivid audio, bringing the known and loved characters to life in a new way. The outstanding creativity of Tolkien shines through the book and the audiobook reflects it reverently and accurately.

I would recommend this audiobook to anyone at or above a 5th grade reading level. The language is easily understandable but the storyline can be hard to follow and the themes and ideas are sometimes more mature than that level (probably around the 7th or 8th grade level for most kids). It is a wonderful road trip soundtrack for almost any age, and I feel like it would be interesting to nearly all types of people. Overall, I greatly enjoyed listening and my appreciation for the world of Tolkien grew to new heights, and I hope many others will also enjoy the adventure!

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