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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

© and (P)2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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    Amazon Customer 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "4,3 hours!?"
    What would have made The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) better?

    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.


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    Victoria P. 09-06-16
    Victoria P. 09-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Best audio adaptation ever made!"

    If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would! I grew up on this series and absolutely love the performances given! Highly recommended!

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    Ian McKay 08-19-16
    Ian McKay 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing way to experience this series"

    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.

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    Jonas 06-13-16
    Jonas 06-13-16
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    "Great dramatized"

    Would have given it full pot if it wasn't for the lack of the full story.

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    Bastion Drake 05-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Too little narration"
    Any additional comments?

    This rendition of Fellowship suffers greatly from sparse narration. It would be completely indecipherable without having first read the book. The voice acting was fine but I wasn't happy with choice in voice actors for a given part. Could have used more sound effects as well I suppose. Odd choice in abridgment. Like the Hobbit movie they spent far too much time in the shire at the beginning.

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    FinalFrontier 04-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good Introduction"

    If you're new to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this BBC dramatization is an excellent introduction. While some events did get dropped, on the whole, the BBC stayed faithful to the core of the story.

    To use an analogy, I'd compare this to stopping somewhere for a quick bite on your way home from work. But if you have time after work for a full dinner, the unabridged narration by Rob Inglis is the best.

    Both of these versions have their place, and you can't go wrong with either one.

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    Donald Bullard 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Cassette, DVD, now digital, oh joy."
    What did you love best about The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)?

    Heart and brains, this covers The first book of LOTR so well. The hobbits are mature and realized far better than the movies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Best of both worlds. Delivers some expanded plot points from War of the Ring, but ignores Tom Bombidil. I loved Samwise Gamgee. Aragorn, Butterbur. I believe that format engages the listener perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Siamese, and I don't mean to dismiss anybody, but Sam is everyman. To me the story is built around him as a focus point. Gollum is quite good. I don't mean to neglect Ian Holm. Sam shines through.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Schlock free.


    Any additional comments?

    Wanted it all in one versus having to buy three volumes separately. Also additional material nice but not needed.

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    JT 03-15-16
    JT 03-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved this"

    hearing new music and voices to this story was fun. makes me want to read it again!

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    Arkady 03-01-16
    Arkady 03-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A BBC classic"

    This is dramatized version of The Lord of The Rings which I owned on cassette and glad to have in my Audible library

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    Ian 01-09-16
    Ian 01-09-16
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    "I hate the dramatization"

    it was way too forced and and not entirely believable. also... I got wrong version...help me anyone?

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  • corroonb
    1/2/17
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    "Outstanding dramatisation"

    Exceptional performances from the cast. The adaptation is extremely faithful and sensitive to the source material. My only complaint would be that it's a little stingy of the BBC to split the series into three. The Chronicles of Narnia is of similar length but available in one package.

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  • John
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    2/22/16
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    "a truely awful adeptation"
    Would you try another book written by J. R. R Tolkien or narrated by the narrators?

    badly butchered chopped to unintellagable bits


    Has The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) put you off other books in this genre?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    too chopped up to make any sense and i iknow the chuffing story


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    pants in the extreme

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  • john
    8/31/14
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    "cannot hear it clearly"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


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  • 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

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  • minty-chan
    12/16/16
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    "just a repetition of most of the movie."

    don't like it, as I wanted to listen to the original book not a dramatisation.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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