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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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    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 09-22-12
    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook addict

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    "Wonderful"

    All three of the titles in the trilogy are most excellently performed as a radio drama for the BBC. The actors do a splendid job, the effects are realistic. I felt as is I were watching the performance in my mind. Highly recommend this audio program.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 07-04-12
    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 07-04-12
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    "Very well done."
    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint about this series is that some of the voices were a little too close together in sound and it got a little confusing as to whom was speaking.

    Prime example is the voices of Gandalf and Aragorn .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Mesa, AZ, United States 05-23-11
    Caroline Mesa, AZ, United States 05-23-11 Member Since 2011

    sleepymommy08

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    "Great adaptation for a fan of the book to have"

    I was nervous about this title when I downloaded it from Audible. As a fan of the books who reads them at least once a year, I can say that this dramatized version was very well done. Yes parts of the books have been removed and certain lines were changed but the performances from the actors help you to forget this. This dramatization is a great way to introduce the story to younger kids who may not want to 'read' a book this long. Worth every penny.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    bob 04-18-11
    bob 04-18-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Best Version"

    I think this is the best LOTR version out there. They did a pretty good job with keeping to most of the story. The Actors made it a joy to listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 10-25-08
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 10-25-08 Member Since 2015

    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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-01-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-01-11 Listener Since 2006

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

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    "Absolutely excellent."

    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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon User Oregon USA 06-29-15
    Amazon User Oregon USA 06-29-15
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    "One word: awesome"

    A bit confusing at first.. But amazing overall!!! If I could explain it to someone... I couldn't make it sound better

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    dustin deason 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The best story+performance I've ever heard"

    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!!!!!

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    samantha r collins 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I expected"

    I am a huge fan of this series.. And I figured it would be read by Ian Holmes .. As is... Instead it was an acted out version with multiple people and voices ... Could be nice for others, but If your looking for just someone to read the book this is not it .. Amazing story over all..

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    Water Lily 02-25-15
    Water Lily 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "As wonderful as I remember..."

    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.

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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
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    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
  • BG
    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
  • Popeyesfx
    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
  • 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 1 people found this review helpful

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