The Two Towers

Version: Abridged
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrator: A Full Cast
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America
Published In: November 2002
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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The Fellowship was scattered. Some were bracing hopelessly for war against the ancient evil of Sauron. Some were contending with the treachery of the wizard Saruman. Only Frodo and Sam were left to take the accursed Ring of Power to be destroyed in Mordor-the dark Kingdom where Sauron was supreme. Their guide was Gollum, deceitful and lust-filled, slave to the corruption of the Ring.
Thus continues the magnificent, bestselling tale of adventure begun in "The Fellowship of the Ring, which reaches its soul-stirring climax in "The Return of the King.

"From the Paperback edition.

Reviews (4)

The Usual LOTR Production Problems

Written by Daryl on December 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I've loved the Lord of the Rings tales since I first read them back in 1971. I've read them a dozen times since then, and have watched Peter Jackson's movie versions at least that many times. This audio production, however, turned me off. It suffers from the same problem that plagues nearly every other film or audio adaptation of the story until Peter Jackson got it right: it does not take the story seriously. The production is clearly aimed at a more juvenile audience, and most of the actors approach their characters with either a tongue-in-cheek or a condescending attitude. The audio effects of the Nazgul are laughable. You can almost hear the actors snickering between takes. There may be a good audio production of the LOTR out there, but this one isn't it. I've only continued listening to it because I don't have a better selection handy at the moment.

Loved it

Written by Anonymous on October 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I disagree with the previous reviewers as this is an exceptional recreation of The Two Towers with strong voice acting, particularly Sam and Gollum.

Two Towers LOTR Book 2

Written by Jennifer F on January 23rd, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This production of The Two Towers is not worth renting. It was a disappointment in every way i.e. sound quality, acting, abridgement.

Lord of the Rings

Written by Daniel Wainwright from Fresno, CA on October 29th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Unlistenable!! I gave up after a few hours. Confusing and very hard to follow.

Author Details

Author Details

Tolkien, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.

His mother died when he was only twelve and both he and his brother were made wards of the local priest and sent to King Edward's School, Birmingham, where Tolkien shined in his classical work. After completing a First in English Language and Literature at Oxford, Tolkien married Edith Bratt. He was also commissioned in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fought in the battle of the Somme. After the war, he obtained a post on the New English Dictionary and began to write the mythological and legendary cycle which he originally called 'The Book of Lost Tales' but which eventually became known as The Silmarillion.

In 1920 Tolkien was appointed Reader in English Language at the University of Leeds which was the beginning of a distinguished academic career culminating with his election as Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford. Meanwhile Tolkien wrote for his children and told them the story of The Hobbit. It was his publisher, Stanley Unwin, who asked for a sequel to The Hobbit and gradually Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings, a huge story that took twelve years to complete and which was not published until Tolkien was approaching retirement. After retirement Tolkien and his wife lived near Oxford, but then moved to Bournemouth. Tolkien returned to Oxford after his wife's death in 1971. He died on 2 September 1973 leaving The Silmarillion to be edited for publication by his son, Christopher.