As one of the greatest, most epic Fantasy stories, any Lord of the Rings audiobook is worth a listen! But first, let me tell you where the differences are between the different versions so you can pick the best one for you.
When you search on Audible for a Lord of the Rings audiobook, it can be quite confusing how many books pop up and you are rightly wondering where the differences are. And don’t forget that this is a trilogy! So, every production has a series of three books, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.
The Hobbit is just one book that was turned into three movies. The Lord of the Rings is a real trilogy though, every book was turned into one movie.
Blurb of The Fellowship of the Ring:
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
The Lord of the Rings audiobook with Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis, the actor who played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies, recorded a new version of all The Lord of the Rings audiobooks in 2021.
I can highly recommend these audio versions! Andy Serkis is very gifted as audiobook narrator, you can’t go wrong with him. And if you have watched the movies, it will be easy for you to recognize many of the characters he is voicing.
These three audiobooks are unabridged and contain the entire word-for-word books by J.R.R. Tolkien, with no changes made that deviate from the original text. If you listen to an Andy Serkis Lord of the Rings audiobook, you can rightly say that you have “read the books”!
As these audiobook recordings have only just been published in 2021, you can be sure to get a very high-quality audio production.
The Lord of the Rings audiobook in KU
If you have been to Lovely Audiobooks before, you probably know that Kindle Unlimited subscribers can not only read ebooks but also listen to audiobooks without any extra cost! And among thousands of other Audible books, Kindle Unlimited also includes The Fellowship of the Ring audiobook from Recorded Books, narrated by Rob Inglis!
I love this specific The Lord of the Rings audiobook because of Rob Inglis’ warm voice. He even sings all the songs!
If you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription and aren’t entirely sure yet whether a long and epic Fantasy audiobook is really something you can focus on, then I can highly recommend this Fellowship of the Rings audiobook to you since you can get it for free as part of your membership, without having to spend money or an Audible credit. Simply click on the link below to get to Amazon and then on the button “Read and Listen for Free”. The Lord of the Rings audiobook will pop up in your Audible app library.
The Two Towers and The Return of the King are included in KU as ebooks. When you borrow the ebooks, you can add the audio version for $12.99 each through Amazon Whispersync, which is a very good price and might be lower than the value of your Audible credits. If you are willing to leave Audible for other services, you can also get the entire trilogy with Rob Inglis on Scribd. Scribd works like Kindle Unlimited. For a flat monthly fee, you can borrow audiobooks and ebooks.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy read by Rob Inglis is also unabridged! If you are unsure which unabridged version you want, give the audiobook samples of both Rob Inglis and Andy Serkis a careful listen and see which voice appeals to you more.
The Dramatized Lord of the Rings audiobook
If you are intimidated by the epic unabridged versions with their 20 plus hours length, then the dramatized audio plays might be perfect for you! This full-cast production of The Lord of the Rings audiobook is abridged, meaning the story was edited to make it more suitable for a cast of several voice actors.
So-called radio or audio plays are great for people trying audiobooks for the first time since they feel like a movie. With several talented voice actors, including Ian Holm, who was Bilbo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings movies, your mind will keep more engaged with the story which helps to keep your attention.
If you have read the trilogy before, the audio plays that have a length of around 4 hours each are a great way to enjoy Middle Earth in a different way. The abridged versions are still more in-depth than the movies. But it isn’t word-for-word the original trilogy as J.R.R. Tolkien wrote it.