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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.
Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.
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.
Great voice acting and sound effects. I've heard the lord of the rings series told many different ways and this is by far the best. In my opinion it's better than the movies. So if your a true Tolkien fan I highly recommend this!!!!!
I loved it. I listened to it every night as I was going to bed and finished it in less than a week. Starting. The Two Towers tonight. Happy Reading.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I've been a fan of the Lord of the Rings for about twenty years now, ever since the age of eleven. It wasn't until I was 21, however, that I learned of this particular production. This production, quite frankly, beats the crap out of the 1979 NPR Playhouse version. The music in this production is absolutely excellent and the cast is amazing. Michael Hordern plays the sort of Gandalf I would feel comfortable trusting my life to. Robert Stevens' no-nonsense portrayal of Aragorn is also what I would have expected. It's much better than Viggo Mortensen's Hollywood influenced portrayal. Don't mistake me. I was very impressed with the movies over all and in fact I own them. But I didn't like how Peter Jackson changed certain things and explicitly went against Tolkien's writings in so doing. This radiodrama is extremely faithful to the novels, lacking only the Tom Bombadil section. It also expands on the events that led to Sauron's discovering the truth of the Ring's continued existence, even showing a bit of Gollum's torture at the hands of the Mouth of Sauron.
All in all I really enjoyed this production, particularly the newer version which includes extra material at the beginning and end of each novel. And rather than detracting from the story this new material (consisting of opening and closing narration by Ian Holm as Frodo), sets the stage for the next presentation and then refreshes the listener's memory about how the prior one ended. Combine excellent acting with generally high quality sound effects with excellently-composed music and you have a program well worth your time. The only odd effect I can find is that the horses of the Nine sound more like tapdancers' shoes. The cast, however, was excellently chosen. And I really liked how Ian Holm, who plays Frodo here, later went on to star as the aging Bilbo in the film trilogy. So if you haven't already you should give this one a go. You might just be in for a good tim
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.
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.
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.
"Great story. Better cast!"
A wonderful dramatisation of a fantastic story.
It has a great balance between the story and the lore that Tolkien wrote.
Though the production is amazing and the cast is brilliant, the mixing could be better in places. Some bits are just too quiet with other bits being far too loud.
LeMesurier is particularly well cast as Bilbo, though I imagine Frodo sounding a little younger, perhaps because of the movies. Gandalf is very good in this too, possibly my favourite.
"The best radio dramatisation ever made"
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.
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.
The battle between Nazgul and Aragorn on weather top mountain.
No. It is a long book and I feel it is almost wasted if you try to listen to it all together.
"stand out from the crowd"
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.
Frodo probably, but it is hard to pick just one character.
I liked the fact that it is dramatized, makes it really come to life.
Yes, if I only had the time!
Please buy this title, you will not be disappointed. Compelling listening.
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!
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
"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.
"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.
"cannot hear it clearly"
It would have been five star if it had been like every other audiobook, from audible, in terms of volume. I have tried contacting audible but the volume is just too low. If it had been all my audiobooks I would have thought it was me or my Kindle but it is not- just this one.
"Magical story telling"
Magical story telling
what an amazing cast
Lost track of how many time I have listened to it.Every time just as magical
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