This rendition of Fellowship suffers greatly from sparse narration. It would be completely indecipherable without having first read the book. The voice acting was fine but I wasn't happy with choice in voice actors for a given part. Could have used more sound effects as well I suppose. Odd choice in abridgment. Like the Hobbit movie they spent far too much time in the shire at the beginning.
If you're new to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this BBC dramatization is an excellent introduction. While some events did get dropped, on the whole, the BBC stayed faithful to the core of the story.
To use an analogy, I'd compare this to stopping somewhere for a quick bite on your way home from work. But if you have time after work for a full dinner, the unabridged narration by Rob Inglis is the best.
Both of these versions have their place, and you can't go wrong with either one.
Heart and brains, this covers The first book of LOTR so well. The hobbits are mature and realized far better than the movies.
Best of both worlds. Delivers some expanded plot points from War of the Ring, but ignores Tom Bombidil. I loved Samwise Gamgee. Aragorn, Butterbur. I believe that format engages the listener perfectly.
Siamese, and I don't mean to dismiss anybody, but Sam is everyman. To me the story is built around him as a focus point. Gollum is quite good. I don't mean to neglect Ian Holm. Sam shines through.
Wanted it all in one versus having to buy three volumes separately. Also additional material nice but not needed.
Great job with character's voices and setting the mood, but there was way too much detail left out for my liking. it didn't suck me in and create a world like the book.