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A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the second 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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The quality continues.

As I said I wasn't made aware of the BBC's dramatization of Lord of the Rings until 2001, twenty years after its initial release. And even then I wasn't aware of the anniversary edition which added the opening and closing narrations by Frodo. But as I said it was a much better version than the NPR Playhouse version. Granted I do still somewhat enjoy that one, but after hearing this one I must conclude that it' is far superior. And of course it's far better than the films, as good as those admittedly were.
One thing I like about this version is that it stays more or less true to the characters as described in the book, which the films didn't always do.. A notable example is Treebeard. In the NPR playhouse version he was voiced by Tom Luce with a rather annoying echo effect added. Needless to say it made hm sound rather campy. In the films he was hostile towards the Hobbits at first and made them aware of Gandalf's survival long before they learned of it in the book. Here, actor Steven Thorn gives him a commanding yet somewat mischievous quality that I always did perceive in the character. And the Ents have a cool marching song which I'm sure was in the novel but here is excellently presented.
In short I don't think I stopped listening to this any longer than was absolutely necessary, such as for meal and bathroom breaks. But then back to it I went. And now that Audible has them I can carry them with me on my IPod anytime, which should come in useful particularly for long trips in the car. And tense or scary parts of the story really come off as tense or scary here, which is definitely a good thing! Excellent music and SFX combined with an excellent cast bring this tale fabulously to life. It's definitely worth the credits or the money.

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Classic Story Well Dramatized

What made the experience of listening to The Lord Of The Rings the most enjoyable?

Had these on tape. Decided to upgrade to digital audio on my players. Reminds me of when I read these as a teenager. Still one of the best stories ever written.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam. In the middle book of the trilogy you learn the value of Sam and his strength. Like Bean was to Ender, Sam is to Frodo.

Have you listened to any of the narrators???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Well produced ensemble cast. Easy to listen and understand who is talking. Very high production value.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just relax and enjoy an amazing book.

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  • hannah
  • wellington, New Zealand
  • 01-28-11

Brilliant for light listening

Once again I enjoyed listening to The Two Towers in dramatization. I think the story is always so much more enriched when the different characters are spoken by different people.
If you want heaps of detail to the story line then don't buy this, there is only so much detail that can be added while incorperating sound effects and music. But overall I found that it contained enough plot line to get the major gist of the story without being waffly and boring to listen to. I really love the LOTR trilogy over the full book anyway. The book, (though I'm sure is amazing once you get into it) is very waffly at the start and I could not read it, so having this to listen to gave me the chance to picture the whole Tolkein world with very little effort.
This Is great to have in the car to listen to on long, and otherwise boring, journeys.

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  • Paula
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 04-11-10

Nicely Dramatised

I've read the triligy several times and love the unabridged work, however this dramatised version has very good voices and pace. I don't care for the singing, but I tend to fast forward through that and it's just part of the story.

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Great

This is the best production series. Keep going on. The bestt is yet to come.

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The Towers

If you could sum up The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

When it comes to radio plays the BBC really knows what it's doing. Originally a thirteen episode dramatization from the 60's l believe with some extra dialogue to bring it up to date with Jackson's epic movies there's nothing to say other than "Wow!" I would happily recommend this to everyone l know and even to those l don't know.

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not a book but someone's performance around a book

What disappointed you about The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised)?

not what I wanted. I want to hear the book, not this drama.

Has The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (Dramatised) turned you off from other books in this genre?

somewhat, indeed. I was looking for the 2nd book of the Lord of the Rings. Options were not clearly delineated. This edition was not shown to be a drama. It makes me very wary of all of my selections with Audible. It's a shame!

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The road goes ever on

This second part of Professor Tolkien's trilogy sees many branching paths. Nearly all the great moments are here; the chase after the Uruk Hai, the taming of Smeagol, the battle of Helm's Deep. I nearly laughed when Gimli scolded Merry and Pippin and shuddered during the ordeal with Shelob. Brilliant presentation.

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Good like part 1

Just like the previous book, good performance by the cast. I still would have liked the full thing but its good as it is.

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Dramatized

I really didn't like this version. I prefer to read the books or watch the movies.

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  • Tess
  • 04-02-15

Classic

Still the best version, terrific cast, and faithful to the original book and storyline it has stood the test of time since first broadcast

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  • 02-05-15

Amazing best book ive listend to for a long time

My favourite part was when Aragorn , Legolas and Gimli go into the haunted mountain and the dead are following them

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  • Edmund
  • 01-19-15

Gollum steals the show.

In a similar fashion to the first part of this production the cast is spot on. However, as the review suggests the character of Gollum is absolutley spot on.

As the ring gets closer and closet to Mordor a sense of foreboding begins to creep up in the production. Frodo becomes more and more closeted and begins to become more Gollum-ish every time we encounter him. Meanwhile, attentions turn to Rohan and Gondor as the rest of the company try to seal their fates.

The mixing of the speech compared to the music is still rather off but the actual dramatization is first class. Sam's actor does a fine job too.

A very enjoyable listen. Fractionally better than the first part, though it isn't by much, is it precious?

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  • Dazzstiff
  • 09-21-17

wonderful

lovely adaptation keeping the true essence of more. originally recorded 30 yrs ago for radio but still wonderful

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  • Martin
  • 08-10-17

Classic.

Love it. Always being a huge fan. I grew up with it hopefully they come up with more movies in near future

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  • Ross Elliott
  • 08-08-17

Brilliant

enjoyed this just as much in my 40s as i did back in the 80s as a kid. extremely well done.

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  • robert brooks
  • 12-20-16

my favourite listen

all 3 volumes of this title are the best listen ever
it keep me coming back time after time
I've been listening to this production since it was released on cassette tape back in the 80's
it's class

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  • D
  • 12-05-16

Great production.

A great story, first read in childhood (1970's), read and/or listened to annually since original broadcast.
Always has me hooked beginning to end.
This production in my opinion absolute best.

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  • Alex
  • 08-26-16

Not word for word :/

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have a paper copy of the book and was hoping to listen to it in the car rather than be car sick and read. The dramatised version is not word for word but instead skips bits of the story or add bits. Not what I wanted so I feel I have missed parts of the book.

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  • MR SIMON HALL
  • 08-06-16

2nd best book

Its the 2nd best book in the world the hole wide world I mean it

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  • Gudiya
  • 09-26-16

Classic dramatisation marred by an update to match the film

This is a classic and great dramatisation, with original foly (analogue hand-made studio sound effects) and great performances. However, to match the films' linking intros they have added poorly written and unnecessary linking chapters at the start of books 2 and 3. I wish they would re-release this version without those linking chapters. Otherwise it's great.

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