I first heard this production years ago when it first aired. I have since purchased it many times as new technologies are invented and old ones discarded. This particular one has been edited so that it just flows on without the original episodes. I don't know when that was done but it is very well done. As many times as I have listened to the version that is split up into episodes, I cannot tell where the original breaks occurred. And I certainly do not miss the frequent interruptions for theme music and credits that the old version had. This is far better.
When I purchased the book, it was advertised as unabridged version. It is not.
You would be better off listening to the DVD move track.
I was disappointed it was not unabridged
On Amazon, where I purchased this it said it was unabridged. It is not.
Actually read the damned book without cutting entire sections of it out. I didn't realize that it was abridged as well as dramatised, and this should have been made clear. This is completely unacceptable.
If a proper unabridged version is made, then yes. I don't understand why no unabridged version exists.
It wasn't the author or the narrators that made this disappointing. This audiobook was way too short for the price of $15, which is essentially what I payed since I used a monthly credit.
I bought this book on tape because I had read the trilogy so many times that I figured it was time to switch it up. I was severely disappointed. This peace of crap “dramatization” manages to almost completely skip over all of Tolkien’s writing that isn’t dialogue. The man was wordsmith and a straight up linguistics professor at Oxford and much of the appeal of these books is Tolkin’s bad ass pro’s, which is conspicuously absent from this rubbish. It also skips significant parts of the plot, and seams to deliver the story in summary form. I’m listening one minute and its Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday and then all of a sudden, bamb! There in freaking Rivendell already. This is such BS. If you are considering buying this book on tape, don’t. You are better off just watching the movie or taking the time to read the book in its entirety.
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.
Sticking to the original story. This bastardization of the book is appalling! Truly horrible, such dramatic license should not be allowed. Its quite easy to see how stories can change when re-written and lose the details that spur imagination. No offense to the voice actors but the re-write is offensive to my senses! Will not recommend this to any nor admit I took the time to listen to such dribble!
If J.R.R. Tolkien were alive yes. But Only the unabridged versions!
Not difficult when voices are different.
I would STICK TO THE ORIGINAL BOOKS!!!!
New to Audible books but if this is an indication of re-writes won't be downloading anything but the unabridged versions !!!!
This book was alright but now I understand don't get a drantized book. They don't describle any thing. They just read the speaking parts of the book.
I've read the triligy several times and love the unabridged work, however this dramatised version has very good voices and pace. I don't care for the singing, but I tend to fast forward through that and it's just part of the story.
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I'm sure this would have been a great radio production I'll stick with the movies. Who knows if I'm between books I might get the other two. Not something I have to have.