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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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  • Erin
  • United States
  • 03-23-10

Dramitization

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.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Plympton, Australia
  • 10-22-12

Worth buying a second time

I already have this dramatisation on CD, but I bought it from Audible so I could listen on my mobile device. It has been welll worth the extra money. The acting is credible, drawing you into the story. Not all the incidents from the books are included, so the plot moves along faster. The songs embedded in the story enrich the performance. Having listened to the whole trilogy on CD, I can thoroughly recommend all three books, though I haven't bought the other two from Audible yet.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jill
  • Locust Grove, GA, United States
  • 09-22-12

Wonderful

All three of the titles in the trilogy are most excellently performed as a radio drama for the BBC. The actors do a splendid job, the effects are realistic. I felt as is I were watching the performance in my mind. Highly recommend this audio program.

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  • Bob
  • Plano, TX, USA
  • 02-06-08

Well done but lacking

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.

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Great dramatization, but read the book first!

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:-)

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  • Patrick
  • SANDSTON, VA, United States
  • 07-04-12

Very well done.

Any additional comments?

My only complaint about this series is that some of the voices were a little too close together in sound and it got a little confusing as to whom was speaking.

Prime example is the voices of Gandalf and Aragorn .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • hannah
  • wellington, New Zealand
  • 03-05-10

LOTR

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.

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  • Caroline
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 05-23-11

Great adaptation for a fan of the book to have

I was nervous about this title when I downloaded it from Audible. As a fan of the books who reads them at least once a year, I can say that this dramatized version was very well done. Yes parts of the books have been removed and certain lines were changed but the performances from the actors help you to forget this. This dramatization is a great way to introduce the story to younger kids who may not want to 'read' a book this long. Worth every penny.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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At last, for young kids

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.

16 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Sooan
  • Bayside, NY, USA
  • 02-11-09

The LOTR dramatisation

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.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • David Ian
  • 12-05-08

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!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • 03-02-10

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

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  • Piotr
  • 10-02-16

Good but I stay hungry

It would be great to listen complete story (as it is written in the book)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • sally
  • 07-20-09

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.

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  • Wishpiddle
  • 10-12-17

Amazing!

Listened to this while on a bicycle tour, performance and the voice acting was superb.

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  • Whitehame
  • 07-28-17

Fantastic radio play of a brilliant story.

Ian Holm excels as Frodo, rather than Bilbo in this earlier version of The Lord of the Rings.

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  • ian diamond
  • 07-05-17

Old classics never gets old

love it....takes me back when i was a kid tuning into bbc radio 4 in the 80s....pure classic

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  • PurpleBird
  • 06-25-17

an epic beginning

wonderful to revisit this epic and faithful recreation of one of the best tales ever.

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  • D. Burke
  • 06-06-17

Excellent

Naration and acting is perfect. The sound effects and full acting of characters and accents bring the story to life and makr this audio book more than a mere reading.

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  • Conna
  • 04-20-17

perfection!!

absolutely love everything about these radio classics, an amazing version of the greatest story ever written!

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  • Bryony
  • 04-08-16

Sensational

Very compelling to listen to, I was enthralled and actually in Middle-earth the whole book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-09-17

It isn't lord of the rings

I bought this book expecting it to be the classic Lord of the Rings story, but with added music, different voices and maybe sound effects. I was wrong. They have rewritten the entire story which completely loses the magic of the book. Along with this, some of the voice acting is terrible, such as the voice for Gollum. The actual audiobook is terribly mixed, with the loud parts being too loud and the soft parts being far too quiet. If you want to hear Lord of the Rings, don't buy this audiobook.

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  • Gudiya
  • 04-25-16

A classic with some annoying innovations

This is a great dramatization with great actors and amusingly old-school folio sound effects. However, it has been updated to include Frodo reflecting on the events of the story - a device used in the films that only seems to reduce the immediacy and impact of the story. Overall it's great and well worth purchasing.

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