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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Austin
  • HOLLAND, MI, United States
  • 08-08-11

Pros, cons.

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.

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Me likely

The voice acting and music is fantastic. The story is abridged but it still hits all the important beats

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Verry good book

I've never really liked books, but I really liked this one. It was really the right people to read this book, they made it feel real

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A masterpiece

This is the best adaptation of the book ever made. Sublime acting; the music is a special treat (“Gil-Galad was an elven king...”)

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the audio was too low at times so I would turn the volume up and then get blasted at the loud moments

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Not for listeners who want to hear the BOOK

Would you try another book from J. R. R Tolkien and/or the narrators?

Yes.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. R Tolkien again?

Yes.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was great, but it was more like watching the movie than listening to the book.

Was The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) worth the listening time?

No.

Any additional comments?

Purchased this version based on the great reviews on performance, but I couldn't get through the first 5 minutes of this narration. While the performance was great, it was essentially like listening to the film version which was not what I was looking for. The beginning of the audio book starts nothing like the novel, and that really disappointed me. If I wanted to listen to the abridged movie version, I would have just played it on the TV. If you want to listen to the BOOK, this isn't the version for you.

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Great Book! love this!!!

I have read this book & listening to it was just as great!!! loved it!!!

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best audioplay ever

if you do not own this you are missing out. it is the best thing you could ask for to listen to. I listen to this every night while falling asleep instead of watching TV because it is acted so well that you can visualize it in your head without any effort. buy the trilogy and then thank me later.

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Enjoyable, but at times corny.

While the story is cohesive and easy to follow, the dramatisation is sometimes slightly overplayed.

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Not a reading of the book

I guess I can't read and didn't realize that this was a dramatized production of the story and basically was like listening to the movie. It was performed well but I wanted the actual book.

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  • Colin
  • 08-22-16

superb

This for me is the quintessential LOTR audio. The characters are true to the book

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  • MR SIMON HALL
  • 08-06-16

Best

I love it it's the best book In the series I also love the film

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  • robert brooks
  • 07-29-16

BBC at its very best

the best dramatisation you will ever listen to
my favourite listen I have this on cassette tape from way back when
must have listened to this hundreds of times
I love it

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  • P. Woodhouse
  • 05-12-16

a classic

me and my brother listened to this on the radio as kids every sunday, still brilliant

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  • Paul J Day
  • 03-02-16

Brilliant version

I have the original CDs and this edition is far better as there's no gaps in the performance and the quality is great. Appreciate the additional narration too which is very well done.

I would love to have had just one download for the whole performance instead of 3 separate ones. Oh well will have to get Two Towers now.

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  • Big Bear
  • 02-06-16

Superb.

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

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  • Andyjn
  • 01-19-16

Very good

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

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  • phill
  • 11-06-15

very enjoyable,

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

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  • Lee
  • 05-27-15

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.

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  • Tess
  • 03-31-15

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