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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) | [J. R. R Tolkien]

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first 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 first 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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    Erin United States 03-23-10
    Erin United States 03-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Dramitization"

    For what it is, it is brilliantly done. I'm just too fond of this story (the whole story) to be fully content with an abridged rendition.

    That said, I take less exception to what was cut/changed (text and content-wise) in this version than some of the things done in the 2001 film. One of my favourite moments is the Fords of Bruinen as it was written, and that spirit is kept in this dramatization.

    Five stars for dramatization, but only four as 'The Fellowship of the Ring' since it is missing so very much. It seems 'Fellowship' is usually the part of the trilogy that is cut down the most for dramatization.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Plano, TX, USA 02-06-08
    Bob Plano, TX, USA 02-06-08
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    "Well done but lacking"

    I am a fan of the Lord of the Rings series. I have read the books, seen the movies, and bought the T-Shirt. THis audiobook was professionally made, and was an easy listen. It is nice to hear distinct characters in the dramatized versions.

    I am disappointed in the this version in the following ways. It is missing a full section with Tom Bombadil. Well, the Movie was missing him too. I guess I was expecting something a little less abridged. There are several specific things lacking in this version that to me, caused me to not buy the remaining books.

    69 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    Austin HOLLAND, MI, United States 08-08-11
    Austin HOLLAND, MI, United States 08-08-11
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    "Pros, cons."

    Not bad at all. Runs closer to the book than the movie, yet still no Bombadil. The sound effects and some of the songs are very loud with occasional piercing notes, yet some dialog is much too quite. Not optimal if you can't always be turning up and down the volume like at my job. Great voice acting tho and a solid alternative to the day long unabridged book. I still recommend those however.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    heyheymama United States 11-18-10
    heyheymama United States 11-18-10
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    "At last, for young kids"

    My 8 yr-old has bugged me about LoTR, the movies (too scary) and books (high school reading level). Enter the BBC radio plays: an abridged version of the books, chock full of adventure enhanced by the full cast, music, and effects. We listened to all three in the series.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    hannah wellington, New Zealand 03-05-10
    hannah wellington, New Zealand 03-05-10
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    "LOTR"

    I found listening to this a great way to wind down at the end of the day. Hearing the dramatisation made me have mental pictures of the movies in my head, so it was a great way to feel like I was watching it without having to stay up and watch it in the Dvd player. It has all the major plot lines of the movies, so is very familiar, without being long winded like the books can be.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sooan Bayside, NY, USA 02-11-09
    Sooan Bayside, NY, USA 02-11-09
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    "The LOTR dramatisation"

    i love this adaptation of the LOTR. all the actors do justice to the characters in this beloved classic. i especially enjoyed the voice of ian holm (who plays bilbo in the movies) giving life to frodo. i highly recommend all three (TLOTR, TTT, and TROTK) dramatisations from BBC.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 10-25-08
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 10-25-08 Member Since 2008

    Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

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    "Great to have this producion online"

    I have had this BBC recording on tape for ten years it is wonderful to be able to have a digital version.I still think it is brilliant sound picture of a superb trilogy, the actor's voices match the spirit of each character. It is a production as good in a spoken word sense as the movies are in a visual sense. I can only recomend the three recodings to people who wish to absorb what tolkien was writing about.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 05-01-08
    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 05-01-08 Member Since 2008
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    "great for kids!!"

    I always found tolkien to be a bit hard for kids to grasp. my son, now 8, loves this audio version! its very enjoyable and loses none of the tolkien magic. adults will have a hard time stopping listening as it is very mesmerising and well done.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Lene Bergen, Norway 10-06-13
    Lene Bergen, Norway 10-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great dramatization, but read the book first!"

    I read The Lord of the Rings twice as a teenager, and watched the movies more than once. When I found this dramatization I thought it would be nice to experience the story again, but in a new way. I was a bit sceptical as I read the reviews, but decided to buy it anyway. And I'm glad I did! I spent most of yesterday with my headphones on, and the story made my Saturday cleaning and laundry quite enjoyable this week.

    I listen to a lot of audiobooks and wasn't sure if I'd enjoy a dramatization, but I really did. My boyfriend listened to the beginning of the story with me and was annoyed with how the story wasn't exactly as it is in the book, but I didn't mind. It's a very short version of the story, and they do skip a lot of things that are hard to fit in the "story-told-by-dialogue-and-sounds" style of a dramatization, and for the same reason you miss a lot of details because you can't see anything and no one is explaining what's going on in the action-sequences (but the result of the action is mentioned after by the characters). I still enjoyed it as I could imagine everything based on my memory of the story from the book. I think they did a great job making this, and the narrators/cast are really good.

    DON'T buy this if you want the whole book and the whole detailed story, because then you will be disappointed (there are audiobooks available...). Buy this book if you love the story and want to experience it again, but don't mind if it's a short version or that Tom Bombadil is still missing. I loved it, and have already bought Two Towers:-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Plympton, Australia 10-22-12
    Paul Plympton, Australia 10-22-12
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    "Worth buying a second time"

    I already have this dramatisation on CD, but I bought it from Audible so I could listen on my mobile device. It has been welll worth the extra money. The acting is credible, drawing you into the story. Not all the incidents from the books are included, so the plot moves along faster. The songs embedded in the story enrich the performance. Having listened to the whole trilogy on CD, I can thoroughly recommend all three books, though I haven't bought the other two from Audible yet.

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  • David Ian
    Skene, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
    12/5/08
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    "A Great Listen"

    I have just listened to this again after a gap of 10 years and it is even better than I remember. I thought after having seen the films that it would have lost some of the magic. But, this is not the case. One of the great things about audio is that you still get to fill in the gaps using your own imagination and this BBC Radio 4 version gives you plenty of opportunity to that. The new start to each of the books is a good addition, as is the linking together of the individual episodes. Sam is still my favourite character, with Gandalf a close second. If you have not listened to this yet then don't wait too long before you do!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    eaton socon, cambridgeshre, United Kingdom
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    "A blast from the past"

    Listening to the lord of the rings brought back wonderful memories for me because i bought the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on cd. Unfortunately i had those stolen and missed hours of dramatised enjoyment. Thank God for Audible and downloading the trilogy. I can now sit and listen to the lord of the rings for hours on end again. WONDERFUL ENTERTAINMENT.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sally
    Nelson, New Zealand
    7/20/09
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    "Enjoyable Tolkien"

    This is a wonderful dramatisation of Tolkien. For me travelling long distances in NZ it turns a great drive into a fantastic experience. The charaters are wonderfully portrayed and I loved it about to play the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    Dingwall, United Kingdom
    1/22/14
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    "Magical story telling"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    Magical story telling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gollum


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    what an amazing cast


    Any additional comments?

    Lost track of how many time I have listened to it.Every time just as magical

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Malvern, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "The best radio dramatisation ever made"
    What did you like most about The Lord of the Rings?

    On top of being one of the greatest books every written, the features I liked best about this dramatisation is the characterisation, the authentic feel of every scene and the clever adherence to the source material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am sure fantasy novels are not everyones favourite genre, but I believe the fantasy comes second to the characters and plot of this book. You really are immersed into the story of Frodo Baggins and his growing ensemble of friends from the very beginning and feel their struggle as they all have very different stories but one common goal.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The battle between Nazgul and Aragorn on weather top mountain.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It is a long book and I feel it is almost wasted if you try to listen to it all together.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Hampshire, England
    7/13/13
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    "stand out from the crowd"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    addictive listening! I just cannot wait for the next instalment. Being dramatized makes a lot of difference to my listening experience. If you have read the book or not I would recommend that you buy this Audible book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frodo probably, but it is hard to pick just one character.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked the fact that it is dramatized, makes it really come to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I only had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Please buy this title, you will not be disappointed. Compelling listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Zaneva
    Italy
    4/13/13
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    "Wonderfully read"

    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 0 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    Taunton, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Childhood revisited"

    Great dramatization, far better than the films! The BBC has a strong history of dramatizing books for the radio and this is there best, the characters are brought to life by the players and the music chosen provides the perfect background and is both atmospheric and evocative. This is the best way to experience Tolkien's master peace

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Mansfield, United Kingdom
    9/11/12
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    "Lord of the Rings BBC Radio Style"

    I had this on tape, if you like the books then you will love the adaptation, its very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D
    CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    2/14/11
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    "Brought back memories"

    LOR was orriginally broadcast on BBC Radio in my late teens, rehearing this recording brought back all the pleasures of hearing it first time through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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