Professor Tolkien's famous trilogy begins not only where The Hobbit left off, but far back to a time before the coming of Smaug in Eribor. Only character missing is Tom Bombadil, but I don't mind.
I knew that downside going in, but I would love an unabridged version with this cast to.
Can't really complain however, some details and things were skipped bit the story as a whole felt like it was complete for this part at least. I'm expecting similar things for the next two parts and if they are then I'd say these are well worth buying.
An outstanding BBC radio production of The Lord of the Rings. True to the books and at times this even surpasses the great films made by Peter Jackson.
If you've seen the movies and tried reading the books only to find the pages of descriptive writing a little too much, this is what you're looking for. On the other hand I personally love Tolkien's books and still find the play to be wonderfully imagined and executed. The music is beautiful and the acting superb.
Someone said that this was an unabridged dramatization... the entire audiobook however, is only 4,3 hours long. This is not just abridged, this is pretty much a scam.
This production is an abridged dramatization of The Lord of the Rings series which covers all the main elements of the story with great detail (on par with the Peter Jackson film series). As with the film series the biggest thing left out is the encounter with Tom Bombadil.
Due to turning descriptive passages into sound effects and voice acting, this is much shorter than the actual audiobook, but a true telling of the story nonetheless.
One of the best things about listening to this version of the story is they included most of the poems and songs that Tolkien wrote in the books being sung beautifully.
My only criticism is a small one. Due to the way it was recorded the volume balance between high sounds and low is wide, and loud/high pitch sounds sometimes crackle my headphones. This issue is minor enough that it doesn't make this any less desirable to listen to.