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The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised) | [J. R. R Tolkien]

The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised)

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the second book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.
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A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the second book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-07-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-07-11 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "The quality continues."

    As I said I wasn't made aware of the BBC's dramatization of Lord of the Rings until 2001, twenty years after its initial release. And even then I wasn't aware of the anniversary edition which added the opening and closing narrations by Frodo. But as I said it was a much better version than the NPR Playhouse version. Granted I do still somewhat enjoy that one, but after hearing this one I must conclude that it' is far superior. And of course it's far better than the films, as good as those admittedly were.
    One thing I like about this version is that it stays more or less true to the characters as described in the book, which the films didn't always do.. A notable example is Treebeard. In the NPR playhouse version he was voiced by Tom Luce with a rather annoying echo effect added. Needless to say it made hm sound rather campy. In the films he was hostile towards the Hobbits at first and made them aware of Gandalf's survival long before they learned of it in the book. Here, actor Steven Thorn gives him a commanding yet somewat mischievous quality that I always did perceive in the character. And the Ents have a cool marching song which I'm sure was in the novel but here is excellently presented.
    In short I don't think I stopped listening to this any longer than was absolutely necessary, such as for meal and bathroom breaks. But then back to it I went. And now that Audible has them I can carry them with me on my IPod anytime, which should come in useful particularly for long trips in the car. And tense or scary parts of the story really come off as tense or scary here, which is definitely a good thing! Excellent music and SFX combined with an excellent cast bring this tale fabulously to life. It's definitely worth the credits or the money.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joo Kim 03-07-12
    Joo Kim 03-07-12
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    "Classic Story Well Dramatized"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lord Of The Rings the most enjoyable?

    Had these on tape. Decided to upgrade to digital audio on my players. Reminds me of when I read these as a teenager. Still one of the best stories ever written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam. In the middle book of the trilogy you learn the value of Sam and his strength. Like Bean was to Ender, Sam is to Frodo.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well produced ensemble cast. Easy to listen and understand who is talking. Very high production value.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just relax and enjoy an amazing book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    hannah wellington, New Zealand 01-28-11
    hannah wellington, New Zealand 01-28-11
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    "Brilliant for light listening"

    Once again I enjoyed listening to The Two Towers in dramatization. I think the story is always so much more enriched when the different characters are spoken by different people.
    If you want heaps of detail to the story line then don't buy this, there is only so much detail that can be added while incorperating sound effects and music. But overall I found that it contained enough plot line to get the major gist of the story without being waffly and boring to listen to. I really love the LOTR trilogy over the full book anyway. The book, (though I'm sure is amazing once you get into it) is very waffly at the start and I could not read it, so having this to listen to gave me the chance to picture the whole Tolkein world with very little effort.
    This Is great to have in the car to listen to on long, and otherwise boring, journeys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-11-10
    Paula Albuquerque, NM, United States 04-11-10
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    "Nicely Dramatised"

    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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    Jens 05-24-15
    Jens 05-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Listen to it again and again"

    I love to come back to this dramatisation. A must for any LOTR fan or indeed any fan of fantasy.

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    Wayne Anderson 04-11-15

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    "unfortunate revisions"

    as a dramatization, the shortening of the book to a short acting audience removed much of the art of Tolkien from the presented work

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    Water Lily 02-20-15
    Water Lily 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent..."

    The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were some of my favorites and I am happy to see that they still are.

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    dustin deason 01-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    The voices and the sounds effects are awesome! Best lotr audio book ever, I definitely recommend it. It was so good the movie copied most the script from this. Get it u won't regret it.

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    Sum Dumb guy Texas, United States 08-03-14
    Sum Dumb guy Texas, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I expected so much more from the BBC"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R Tolkien and/or the narrators?

    First of all I'm a fan of the books and the movies. Get any other version.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Classic"

    Still the best version, terrific cast, and faithful to the original book and storyline it has stood the test of time since first broadcast

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    "Amazing best book ive listend to for a long time"

    My favourite part was when Aragorn , Legolas and Gimli go into the haunted mountain and the dead are following them

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  • Edmund
    Chirk, United Kingdom
    1/19/15
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    "Gollum steals the show."

    In a similar fashion to the first part of this production the cast is spot on. However, as the review suggests the character of Gollum is absolutley spot on.

    As the ring gets closer and closet to Mordor a sense of foreboding begins to creep up in the production. Frodo becomes more and more closeted and begins to become more Gollum-ish every time we encounter him. Meanwhile, attentions turn to Rohan and Gondor as the rest of the company try to seal their fates.

    The mixing of the speech compared to the music is still rather off but the actual dramatization is first class. Sam's actor does a fine job too.

    A very enjoyable listen. Fractionally better than the first part, though it isn't by much, is it precious?

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  • Anna Zaneva
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    4/13/13
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    "Very Entretaining!"

    This book is wonderfully read and it really helps having it in the dramatized version!



    The book is a long one so I don't recommend for you to keep listening for hours but it is your choice!



    Have it, it is an enjoyable experience!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shane
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    "Sound effects do enhance some titles"

    Brilliant storyline as expected but how the sound effects appropreate something very special, capturing these titles with distinctive wrist to audible listening.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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