Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.
I have had this BBC recording on tape for ten years it is wonderful to be able to have a digital version.I still think it is brilliant sound picture of a superb trilogy, the actor's voices match the spirit of each character. It is a production as good in a spoken word sense as the movies are in a visual sense. I can only recomend the three recodings to people who wish to absorb what tolkien was writing about.
I always found tolkien to be a bit hard for kids to grasp. my son, now 8, loves this audio version! its very enjoyable and loses none of the tolkien magic. adults will have a hard time stopping listening as it is very mesmerising and well done.
Great voice acting and sound effects. I've heard the lord of the rings series told many different ways and this is by far the best. In my opinion it's better than the movies. So if your a true Tolkien fan I highly recommend this!!!!!
I loved it. I listened to it every night as I was going to bed and finished it in less than a week. Starting. The Two Towers tonight. Happy Reading.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I've been a fan of the Lord of the Rings for about twenty years now, ever since the age of eleven. It wasn't until I was 21, however, that I learned of this particular production. This production, quite frankly, beats the crap out of the 1979 NPR Playhouse version. The music in this production is absolutely excellent and the cast is amazing. Michael Hordern plays the sort of Gandalf I would feel comfortable trusting my life to. Robert Stevens' no-nonsense portrayal of Aragorn is also what I would have expected. It's much better than Viggo Mortensen's Hollywood influenced portrayal. Don't mistake me. I was very impressed with the movies over all and in fact I own them. But I didn't like how Peter Jackson changed certain things and explicitly went against Tolkien's writings in so doing. This radiodrama is extremely faithful to the novels, lacking only the Tom Bombadil section. It also expands on the events that led to Sauron's discovering the truth of the Ring's continued existence, even showing a bit of Gollum's torture at the hands of the Mouth of Sauron.
All in all I really enjoyed this production, particularly the newer version which includes extra material at the beginning and end of each novel. And rather than detracting from the story this new material (consisting of opening and closing narration by Ian Holm as Frodo), sets the stage for the next presentation and then refreshes the listener's memory about how the prior one ended. Combine excellent acting with generally high quality sound effects with excellently-composed music and you have a program well worth your time. The only odd effect I can find is that the horses of the Nine sound more like tapdancers' shoes. The cast, however, was excellently chosen. And I really liked how Ian Holm, who plays Frodo here, later went on to star as the aging Bilbo in the film trilogy. So if you haven't already you should give this one a go. You might just be in for a good tim
I have read the original books, and listened to the unabridged audiobook version (narrated by Rob Inglis), and while not necessarily better than the print version, this adaptation is phenomenal.
This version retains almost all of the original dialogue, with very few modifications. For example, almost all of the dialogue between the hobbits, Mr. Butterbur, and Strider in the inn in Bree is retained. It is edited for length by omitting certain lengthy side-plots such as the trek through the old forest and Tom Bombadil.
I gave it 4/5 stars for performance for two reasons. First, any scene involving the ring includes a sort of background resonance/feedback noise that I found to be rather unpleasant when listening in the car or with headphones. Second, the dramatic sequences are not described, they are performed (e.g. a battle sequence) so you hear swords clashing and shouts, but it is hard to tell what is going on. Any significant outcome is mentioned later by one of the characters, and this is the chief source of non-original dialogue in the adaptation.
Not bad at all. Runs closer to the book than the movie, yet still no Bombadil. The sound effects and some of the songs are very loud with occasional piercing notes, yet some dialog is much too quite. Not optimal if you can't always be turning up and down the volume like at my job. Great voice acting tho and a solid alternative to the day long unabridged book. I still recommend those however.