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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

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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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    bob 04-18-11
    bob 04-18-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Best Version"

    I think this is the best LOTR version out there. They did a pretty good job with keeping to most of the story. The Actors made it a joy to listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-01-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-01-11 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Absolutely excellent."

    I've been a fan of the Lord of the Rings for about twenty years now, ever since the age of eleven. It wasn't until I was 21, however, that I learned of this particular production. This production, quite frankly, beats the crap out of the 1979 NPR Playhouse version. The music in this production is absolutely excellent and the cast is amazing. Michael Hordern plays the sort of Gandalf I would feel comfortable trusting my life to. Robert Stevens' no-nonsense portrayal of Aragorn is also what I would have expected. It's much better than Viggo Mortensen's Hollywood influenced portrayal. Don't mistake me. I was very impressed with the movies over all and in fact I own them. But I didn't like how Peter Jackson changed certain things and explicitly went against Tolkien's writings in so doing. This radiodrama is extremely faithful to the novels, lacking only the Tom Bombadil section. It also expands on the events that led to Sauron's discovering the truth of the Ring's continued existence, even showing a bit of Gollum's torture at the hands of the Mouth of Sauron.
    All in all I really enjoyed this production, particularly the newer version which includes extra material at the beginning and end of each novel. And rather than detracting from the story this new material (consisting of opening and closing narration by Ian Holm as Frodo), sets the stage for the next presentation and then refreshes the listener's memory about how the prior one ended. Combine excellent acting with generally high quality sound effects with excellently-composed music and you have a program well worth your time. The only odd effect I can find is that the horses of the Nine sound more like tapdancers' shoes. The cast, however, was excellently chosen. And I really liked how Ian Holm, who plays Frodo here, later went on to star as the aging Bilbo in the film trilogy. So if you haven't already you should give this one a go. You might just be in for a good tim

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 05-01-08
    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 05-01-08
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    "great for kids!!"

    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.

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    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 10-25-08
    lynn ADELAIDE, Australia 10-25-08 Member Since 2015

    Hi I am a geologist that now lives in South Australia I work in remote locations and find audiobooks essential for my sanity.

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    "Great to have this producion online"

    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.

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    lrwar 09-17-15
    lrwar 09-17-15
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    "awesome!!"

    so easy to listen to!! listened on drives to and from work. good option to reading alone.

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    L. E. Rust 07-09-15
    L. E. Rust 07-09-15
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    "Great Reading"

    I enjoyed the dramatized reading. It gave me additional insights as to how someone may interpret the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien.

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    dustin deason 05-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The best story+performance I've ever heard"

    Great voice acting and sound effects. I've heard the lord of the rings series told many different ways and this is by far the best. In my opinion it's better than the movies. So if your a true Tolkien fan I highly recommend this!!!!!

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    Water Lily 02-25-15
    Water Lily 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "As wonderful as I remember..."

    I loved it. I listened to it every night as I was going to bed and finished it in less than a week. Starting. The Two Towers tonight. Happy Reading.

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    Amazon Customer Kirkland, WA, United States 02-05-12
    Amazon Customer Kirkland, WA, United States 02-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant adaptation"

    I have read the original books, and listened to the unabridged audiobook version (narrated by Rob Inglis), and while not necessarily better than the print version, this adaptation is phenomenal.

    This version retains almost all of the original dialogue, with very few modifications. For example, almost all of the dialogue between the hobbits, Mr. Butterbur, and Strider in the inn in Bree is retained. It is edited for length by omitting certain lengthy side-plots such as the trek through the old forest and Tom Bombadil.

    I gave it 4/5 stars for performance for two reasons. First, any scene involving the ring includes a sort of background resonance/feedback noise that I found to be rather unpleasant when listening in the car or with headphones. Second, the dramatic sequences are not described, they are performed (e.g. a battle sequence) so you hear swords clashing and shouts, but it is hard to tell what is going on. Any significant outcome is mentioned later by one of the characters, and this is the chief source of non-original dialogue in the adaptation.

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    Austin HOLLAND, MI, United States 08-08-11
    Austin HOLLAND, MI, United States 08-08-11
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    "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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  • rachael
    9/26/16
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    "smiles and tears to be had"

    exceptional telling of the most brilliant Tolkien story. felt like I was there with them.

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  • Tobias L Ashton
    9/19/16
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    "one of the greatest radio dramatisations ever"

    Exceptional in every way. A must listen to everyone, especially if never read the book or didn't enjoy the films

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  • John Matthews
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    8/28/16
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    "awesome production with all best actors"

    I remember this when it first came out and it helped me sleep now judy found it again and love walking around listening to all the old scouts actors

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  • Amazon Customer
    8/25/16
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    "Nice work. I wished it had been more descriptive"

    I wish it had been more descriptive of the environment and surroundings of the scenes.
    the acting was great, but I kept imagining the film in my head since the picture isn't drawn in this audio book.
    Overall, it made me wanna watch the films again

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  • Colin
    8/22/16
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    "superb"

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

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  • Amazon Customer
    8/7/16
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    "Should have been published on Audible as a whole!"

    I loved the original radio series so much that I had it on cassette - not terribly useful these days.

    I'm pretty sure this has been edited from the original broadcast, some of the classic lines I remember don't seem to be there and I can't have dreamt them all. At one time I could recite entire episodes of this dramatization by heart.

    That brings me to my main bugbear. This was a 13 part radio dramatization of the whole trilogy. There is no reason (other than making 2 extra sales) for it to have been divided into three.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MR SIMON HALL
    8/6/16
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    "Best"

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

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  • robert brooks
    7/29/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • P. Woodhouse
    edinburgh, scotland
    5/12/16
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    "a classic"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul J Day
    3/2/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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