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The second volume in J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure THE LORD

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to
find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind

Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset
by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling
into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.
They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria.
And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by
force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company
was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great
River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping
figure that follows wherever they go.
“Among the
greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century. The book
presents us with the richest profusion of new lands and creatures, from
the beauty of Lothlórien to the horror of Mordor.” –
Sunday Telegraph

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October 11, 2018

Comments are from many different editions.
1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an industry and genre standard. Buy it, read it, and love it like the rest of the world!

2. This 'review' is really just a reminder that Amazon is lumping all reviews of all editions of The Two Towers together. The book pictured is the edition you will get. If you want an editions that has illustrations, for example, make sure you are adding that particular edition to your cart. I came to these comments through the black covered larger sized paperback listing. It has no illustrations other than a few black and white line art maps.

March 12, 2002

Open your eyes, folks.
People have a love affair with Tolkien. People I admire and respect, not just bozos either, people who know good books and good writing and who say Tolkien works are the be-all and end-all of fantasy. Open your eyes.
That might have been true when his works were first published. Tolkien deserves all the credit for putting fantasy on the map, for legitimizing the epic quest subgenre. But today, his books fall short when compared to contemporary works in the field.
I think the reason for all the love is that people read The Lord of the Rings when they were young, and therefore look back at Tolkien with longing and nostalgia of better days. I read The Fellowship of the Ring when I was twenty-three, and The Two Towers when I was twenty-five, after having received a BA in English and beginning an MFA in Creative Writing. I can't, in good concious, say that any of his works match up with the powerful stories of George R. R. Marting and Terry Goodkind.
Let's look at this book specifically. The one thing I liked were the Ents. Aside from that, the structure of the book is all whacked. The first half is spent entirely with Aragorn and his crew. Frodo doesn't even make it on stage until close to the last third of the book. Is this considered good, when your main character is not even present for the majority of the book? The effect of Tolkiens structure is disorienting. Once getting to a certain point in time with one group of characters, he moves to the next group and recounts what happened to them through the same period of time. Why not intersperse their chapters and weave the events together?
Once we finally do get to Frodo, the same problem persists as did in Fellowship: Frodo can't really do anything. He takes one significant action, and that's to spare Gollum and bring the little runt with him and Sam. Sam does more than Frodo, saving him from a huge spider-demon. That was a great scene, by the way, but scenes like that are few and far between in this and the previous book.
To sum up, after reading Fellowship, I swore off all Tolkien's books, but the movie got me excited again. I thought, well, maybe I was wrong, let's give it another shot. I did, and struggle mightily to finish this book. The only thing that will get me to read the final book is if the second movie rocks. Now, I know many of you will consider this review blasphemy, so go ahead and bash me. But before you do, pick up the book again, and read it with open eyes.

February 22, 2011

American kindle version please
ummm... where is the american kindle version? fellowship and return of the king have kindle versions in the states... please make two towers as well... then i can give you money

November 29, 2003

The trilogy is all borring
I have read all three of the trilogy and a great number of other fantasy works. I have no choice but to say that while Tolkien made a indepth backrgound for his story that was all he did. Tolkien built a world, but he never wrote a story. I have never read a fantasy book less entertaining than these. He bores you with the details. Textbooks have fewer appendixes than his books. The only two redeming bits are the symbolism and world building. However, he missed one main concept, its all as borring as can be. Only a few obsessed people out there learn to speak elvish, for the rest of us he could have spent some time on an action scene and just written gibberish because thats all it is. His symbolism is certainly not deep enough to make the books worth reading either. The first and foremost reasons to write any book thats not a textbook is to entertain or make a point. He makes a simplistic point and keeps you saying, 'This sucks!'.

February 6, 2017

So I bought the audiobook expecting the unabridged version of the novel. It was definitely not. It is the audio of "The Original American Production" version of The Two Towers. It is only 3.5 hours long and is definitely a summarized version of the book. Do not purchase if you want the unabridged version of the story.

October 15, 2012

This is NOT the three volume edition! ! ! ! ! !
The title of this item is listed as "The Lord of the Rings - Three-volume Edition, contains The Fellowship Of The Ring; The Two Towers; The Return Of The King" but it is not a three volume edition containing all three books, instead it's a one volume edition containing The Two Towers. WARNING: IF YOU BUY THIS BOOK EXPECTING IT TO BE THE THREE VOLUME EDITION CONTAINING THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, THE TWO TOWERS, AND THE RETURN OF THE KING YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED! ! ! The people I bought the book from were very nice and gave me a refund when I explained the situation and they looked into it but if I wanted a refund I wouldn't have made the purchase in the first place. Notice the photograph shows The Two Towers. Take careful note of that when you purchase this book because that's what you are going to get. The screw up in the title is Amazon's screw up. As long as you know that you are NOT getting the three-volume edition when you pay for the three volume edition then it's all good. The story itself is a good story but it's incomplete because stuff happens in The Fellowship of the Ring that is not included with this product (even though it says it is) and stuff happens in The Return of the King that is not included with this product (even though it says it is). If you need The Two Towers only and you can find it listed on here at a good price then go ahead and make the purchase. Take note, however, the price you pay for the book is the price plus shipping. If someone has it listed for a couple of bucks and you gotta pay four bucks for shipping then you are paying six for the book. There's a point where it would be cheaper to pick it up at your local Walmart or Barnes and Noble. Remember, this is The Two Towers ONLY! ! ! ! ! Happy shopping.

April 21, 2011

Why unavailable on Kindle in the USA?!?!?
The fact that US customers can buy Kindle versions of Fellowship, Return Of The King, The Hobbit and even The Silmarillion but NOT The Two Towers is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!! What possible reason could there be for excluding just the middle volume of a trilogy???

April 20, 2011

American Kindle Edition
Why is this book not available on American Kindle yet? This book will definitely get 5 stars when I can read it again. I've read this series so often, I've had to replace my books. I've even watched the movie version ( which I rarely do as they never compete with the books. I got my Kindle for Christmas this year and wanted to place this series on it just to find I couldn't. what's the deal?

July 13, 2013

If you want Audio and have a Kindle, watch out, Amazon lies!
If you order this as a Kindle Audio book the price listed is a LIE. You pay for the book it goes as a print book in your cloud and you have to pay an additional $3 to actually get the audio. Sort of like bait and switch. In this case charge and charge more. I previously owned this as a book on CD, the book and narration are awesome, but watch out for hidden fees if you are buying as a download.

March 1, 2004

The Lord of the rings reivew
Michael Simmons
Pd.7 Reading
Imagine given a magical ring that could destroy the entire world if the forces of evil get it, if you don't destroy it. This is what Frodo Baggins had to do. This story is about a struggle for a ring of power in a place called middle earth. The two sides of the struggle are the free peoples and the forces of the dark lord called Sauron. Characters in the story are Frodo (a Hobbit), Sam (also a Hobbit), Legolas (an Elf), Gimli (a Dwarf), and Borimer, Arogon, Gandalf, Saruman, and Theoden (all Men). The setting takes place in a place called middle earth. In middle earth there are many regions were these different people live. Like the Shire (where the Hobbits live), Rivendel (where the Elves live), Gondor, Rohan, and Isengard (where the Men live), and all in the mountains live the Dwarfs and the Goblins (part of the evil side), and finely where the Orcs (evil) live in Mordor. The plot of the story is that a dark lord called Sauron, a spirit, has his minion's try to take the ring from Frodo. While he is doing that, armies of Sarumans from Isengard attack the people of Rohan. This is where the struggle of Rohan to survive comes in. Now the heroes have to split up.
First, My over all opinion of this book is that it was a good adventure book but too many details. This book is a Fantasy book. The only way that this was a page turner book is because of the action.
Last This book was Fantasy because none of the book was true. The book is part of a 3-book series, and this is the second one of the series. In conclusion, I recommend this book to people who can remember things.

February 25, 2015

The Two Towers...a second reading is not a repeat
I first read The Lord of the Rings back in 1975 in one continuous drive through. It took me months (ok, so I'm not the fastest reader) and there were any number of moments when I was numbly reading on automatic, just ticking off the pages and not really assembling the whole picture. I felt "The Two Towers" was more of a drive from the first to the third book. It got me to "The Return of the King" but didn't have a real personality of it's own (like "Siegfried" in Wagner's "Ring Cycle" takes us from "Die Walkure" to "Gotterdamerung" without any specific destination of it's own). As such, I tended to write it off as the weak link in the business. I don't know that my assessment is entirely wrong. "The Two Towers"/"Siegfried" do cover more territory than their adjacent counterparts; however, I have come to the conclusion that not only is this it's job, but it does it very well. In fact, the travel is necessary to continuity of the whole. So, 19 years later, I read "The Two Towers" again. It is 2 separate stories running parallel, intersecting only in time and not in proximity. I discovered all sorts of stuff I had missed in my first reading...and I discovered how unfulfilling movie adaptations can be. "The Two Towers" cannot be encapsulated on the big screen. It takes time, investment, and the freedom of the human imagination to actually realize it. Read it once? Read it again, for the first time. It has great drive and power.

July 20, 2018

My favorite Story....
What can I say? The books are fantastic, all of them. The second part-- Frodo and Sam's journey-- was always more interesting to me. This trilogy is hands down my favorite story of all time. I read it as a kid (a precocious kid- this is not a kids' read), again as a teen, and several times as an adult-- each time I find something new.
And yes, it's different from the movie.

July 12, 2014

Right book wrong cover
The picture for the book they have on there is different I got in one that had a the movie cover when I wanted the one with the awesome cover they just told me to keep it

February 5, 2014

Advertised incorrectly
The picture shows a completely different book (the one that I wanted that is part of my series) than the one that I received.

May 14, 2017

Too much fluff!
I enjoyed the book, the ending came as was expected for the most part. However I felt cheated at the size of the book. It was much too short and beyond the end the author seemed to write a bizarre amalgamation of trivial thoughts which didn't coincide perfectly with the timeline of the book and indeed the summation of the book would have been different if those chapters or the events had been used. Overall all the overuse of names and titles was confusing and one needed an outline to keep them straight, and as noted the material added was unnecessary and even more confusing and pointless. As the author has more books which examine some of these characters much closer apparently, the brief at the end made me decide I had enough of this author's work.

June 22, 2016

too exspensive but the story is interesting and amazing it is fun to read this book.i like it but as usual too axspensive.

July 17, 2013

I Loved the hobbit and I managed to get through the fellowship of the ring but in the middle of this book I Just couldnt take it anymore. It just started rambling on about nothing that important. It completely ran short of action

March 30, 2012

New, but OLD
The book arrived quickly and it was obvious it was never used. It was also OLD, as the pages are yellowed with age all around the edges. The cover 'cracked' after the first chapter and I'm hoping the book stays intact long enough for my 5th grader to finish it. I did not like that the cover image shown on Amazon (circa 2001 Peter Jackson's movie) was not the version we received. The cover image on our book was a cheesy 70's graphic, which explains why the book is in such brittle condition.

October 30, 2019

Probably the unpopular opinion but...
There's such a thing as being too descriptive. I rarely choose the movie over the book but in this case the book is tedious. Sure, it's a classic and plenty of people are enamored with it but unless I'm going to take up knitting and invest in the audiobook I don't think I'll be tackling The Return of the King anytime soon.

September 17, 2019

Not as strong as The Fellowship of the Ring, but still an okay read. Continuation of the story.

March 24, 2019

Wonderful for the umpteenth time.
I enjoyed being able to see the maps in the back and zoom in to portions of it. I wish the third book was available with my Prime. It's a shame that Amazon would not offer it. As soon as I finished the Two Towers, Amazon bring up the option to buy the 3rd. Disappointing. I will return to my paperback version of the third book.

January 16, 2019

Covers slightly damaged on arrival
.I ordered the full series in this edition and although I really like the cover they were already worn when arrived. I don't care overall believe they'd probably get that way after reading anyway. But if you're looking for a really nice set pass on these.

November 4, 2018

Masterpiece, in its own way
Tolkien was one of the most creative individuals of his time. His Middle-Earthdom is amazingly complex, like the real world. Downside? It’s hard for the reader to keep track when he uses different terms for the same thing/person, without explaining it the new title. Regardless, Tolkien provides another fantastic installment to his universe, but fails to give the reader a way to properly understand and experience the glory of it all.

June 30, 2018

Not pleasing to my ear
The readers voice is rather gravely and not pleasing to my ear.. I love the stories, that's why a 3 rating and not a 2.

July 2, 2017

That was a bit tedious for some part of it and the rest had ...
Phew! That was a bit tedious for some part of it and the rest had me a bit excited and thrilled.

This is the the second part of the Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. It continued where the last part left where the Fellowship of the Ring formed by a council at the land of the elves in the mission to destroy the “The Ring that rule them all” once and for all. When the Fellowship was disbanded due to the sudden impulse of Frodo to take the heavy burden of destroying alone in order to safeguards his friends. But despite his wish to do it all by himself he wasn’t granted due to his servant, Sam, to come along.

Meanwhile, the remaining companions: Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli had opted to pursue the other two hobbits captured by the orcs in lieu of following Frodo. They decided not to went after him after the realization that it was Frodo’s deliberate decision to go alone in his resolve.

So off the two groups starts their journey of saving a friend and saving the Middle-Earth.

The book as aforementioned was not meant to be read like how other trilogies are meant to be read. Remember this is not a trilogy but one book which was separated in to three books. So I guess that it was not also supposed to be reviewed by each part and it is proper if reviewed in whole. Nevertheless, I reviewed it still as I had already done a review on the first part out of consistency.

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