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.
This was my first audio book and I was completely blown away. It keeps all the details and extra goodness from the books while letting your imagination run wild as it comprehends. One is all it took for me to be an audiobook fan for life!
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.
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.