The Fellowship is broken; the quest to destroy the Ring seems already shrouded in disaster. But as the evil lord Sauron readies his armies for war, Frodo and Sam continue their lonely journey toward Mordor, guided only by Gollum, a deceitful and tortured creature, helplessly in thrall to the Ring's dark power.
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It's a classic story and a great book. The recording is from an old radio broadcast with many of the author's insights and emotional descriptions removed and replaced with sound effects. Some may find it a welcome change, but I felt let down and unattached to the story.
"The Hobbit (Dramatized)" and "the Lord of the Rings (Dramatized)" were the first books I bought through Audible. I'd heard this recounting on the radio and owned cassettes of them back in the 70's and was eager to rehear them in this format - which I have done several times.
I've been a fan of the good Professor's books since the mid 60's and account this rendition to be a VERY close "second" to the books, themselves, and the unabridged rendition now available!
They are an excellent telling and well worth purchasing!
My first book will be released sometime in 2015. I hope for late spring, but it might be late fall. It will be about dragons and civics.
With a story that has such a rabid fan base, you have to be careful not to tick people off. Sadly I did not notice that it said "Abridged" until I had already purchased it. I listened to it with the hope I would not notice what was missing. This was not the case. The cast came off sounding cartoonish and goofy like a 1920's radio drama instead of maintaining the more mature feeling this epic tale deserves. Maybe it was recorded several decades ago back when audio books were done with 20 cassette tapes? It sure sounded like it. This story deserves better.
While the dramatization is excellent, they have significantly abridged the story in order to make the story fit into the dramatization, even so much as altering some of the dialog. While it still is a great story, for a purist, it was impossible to let it go. Had to stop and find another version with more of a narrative approach.
Hermione is my Hero
Tolkien's epic story is a favorite but this performance is not. The background noise is sometimes so loud that it is difficult to make out what the characters are saying. Many of the sound effects used border on the ridiculous. The sound of Gandalf's magic and the ring wraiths are particularly bad. All of the hobbit voices seem out of character. They are performed to sound like whiney children instead of young men. The narrator and the voices of the men are just fine.
One especially annoying and off-putting point on this performance is the mispronounciation of the names of major characters and places....hearing Legolas called Le-goal-us or Gloin as Go-lynn was disheartening early on.
Was on a long road trip with my son; it was a nice diversion - but it was NOT the book as written. It is a radio show version of the book and there is some diversion from the original. If what you are looking it the actual reading of same (which we were) this is not the right download.
Aragorn - the King...
no; but needs a straight forward version reading of the unabridged book
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