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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)

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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    Christine Quincy, CA, USA 05-17-10
    Christine Quincy, CA, USA 05-17-10
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    "Not Real Happy"

    This book was alright but now I understand don't get a drantized book. They don't describle any thing. They just read the speaking parts of the book.

    8 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    les537 10-18-15
    les537 10-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the unabridged version"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wanted the unabridged version of this book, and didn't realize this wasn't it. Since I purchased it as one of my first "free" books, I can't exchange it.


    What could J. R. R Tolkien have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The original book is fantastic...I wanted the whole book, not just parts.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    The voice actors were good at expressing what the characters were supposed to be feeling.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    zac 07-21-15
    zac 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "dramatization substitutes for narrative"

    The dramatization is well done, however I believe they have substituted sound effects for text description, which is many times inadequate.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    samantha r collins 04-20-15
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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..

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Rinaldi Somewhere,Texas 12-02-14
    R. Rinaldi Somewhere,Texas 12-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "This is not an unabridged Book!"
    What would have made The Lord of the Rings better?

    When I purchased the book, it was advertised as unabridged version. It is not.


    Has The Lord of the Rings turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    You would be better off listening to the DVD move track.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed it was not unabridged


    Any additional comments?

    On Amazon, where I purchased this it said it was unabridged. It is not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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"
    What disappointed you about The Lord of the Rings?

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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan P. Grady Jr. 05-06-12
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    "what is this?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wanted the audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN. This rip-off is not the actual writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. the order of events and dialogue is completely changed and NONE of Tolkien's beautiful descriptive writing or his back-history for the world he created is included. Tolkien was a masterful story teller and I was expecting to listen to HIS story not this crap that claims to be the Lord of the Rings in name ONLY. Dont buy it if your a fan!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Candelario North Carolina 04-13-12
    M. Candelario North Carolina 04-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Too short"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R Tolkien and/or the narrators?

    It wasn't the author or the narrators that made this disappointing. This audiobook was way too short for the price of $15, which is essentially what I payed since I used a monthly credit.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    david Berkeley, CA, United States 02-10-12
    david Berkeley, CA, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "F#@K Dramitizations"

    I bought this book on tape because I had read the trilogy so many times that I figured it was time to switch it up. I was severely disappointed. This peace of crap “dramatization” manages to almost completely skip over all of Tolkien’s writing that isn’t dialogue. The man was wordsmith and a straight up linguistics professor at Oxford and much of the appeal of these books is Tolkin’s bad ass pro’s, which is conspicuously absent from this rubbish. It also skips significant parts of the plot, and seams to deliver the story in summary form. I’m listening one minute and its Bilbo and Frodo’s Birthday and then all of a sudden, bamb! There in freaking Rivendell already. This is such BS. If you are considering buying this book on tape, don’t. You are better off just watching the movie or taking the time to read the book in its entirety.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 08-16-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2015

    I just achieved App Master!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "The movie is better!!!"

    I'm sure this would have been a great radio production I'll stick with the movies. Who knows if I'm between books I might get the other two. Not something I have to have.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    eaton socon, cambridgeshre, United Kingdom
    3/2/10
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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
  • Big Bear
    Huntingdon
    2/6/16
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    "Superb."

    This was just as I remembered it. An outstanding performance by an all star cast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew J Nolan
    1/19/16
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    "Very good"

    This is an excellent adaptation. The cast is good, and the story well acted. The plot flys along, and is very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • phill
    11/6/15
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    "very enjoyable,"

    very enjoyable
    i listen through my headphones in wirk....love the story
    thank you
    thank you
    thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    5/27/15
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    "Fantastic production of an epic story"

    Fabulous story brought to life by an amazing cast. Some of the sound effects are a bit dated but that's just a speck of dust on an immaculate performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    5/1/15
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    "Good, but pales in comparison to BBC's The Hobbit."

    This version really felt like it lacked the care and attention that Tolkien's work deserves.

    For a much better experience try The Hobbit, also by the BBC, produced in the 60s, but with so much more character, a better performance and a great rendition of The Hobbit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tess
    3/31/15
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    "Classic"

    A classic the first time I heard it on the radio, and still as good today... For me, still the best dramatisation.. Great cast, and stays faithful to the original

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William
    2/7/15
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    "brilliant version of The Fellowship."

    I've been listening to this for years its like an old friend now. I wouldn't be without the complete series including Two towers and Return of the King .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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