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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.
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.
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.
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:-)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great job with character's voices and setting the mood, but there was way too much detail left out for my liking. it didn't suck me in and create a world like the book.
"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!
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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
It has kept me enthralled for years I still love the cast, performance and the narration. The music really sets the stage, pulling you into the image set by each chapter. I throughly recommend it as a must listen to.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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