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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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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
    Erin United States 03-23-10
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    "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
    Paul Plympton, Australia 10-22-12
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    "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
    Jill Locust Grove, GA, United States 09-22-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobook addict

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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Plano, TX, USA 02-06-08
    Bob Plano, TX, USA 02-06-08
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    "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.

    80 of 96 people found this review helpful
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    Lene 10-06-13
    Lene 10-06-13
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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:-)

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 07-04-12
    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 07-04-12 Member Since 2017
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    "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
    hannah wellington, New Zealand 03-05-10
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    "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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Mesa, AZ, United States 05-23-11
    Caroline Mesa, AZ, United States 05-23-11 Member Since 2011

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    "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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    heyheymama United States 11-18-10
    heyheymama United States 11-18-10
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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
    Sooan Bayside, NY, USA 02-11-09
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    "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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    Hampshire, England
    7/13/13
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    "stand out from the crowd"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    addictive listening! I just cannot wait for the next instalment. Being dramatized makes a lot of difference to my listening experience. If you have read the book or not I would recommend that you buy this Audible book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frodo probably, but it is hard to pick just one character.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked the fact that it is dramatized, makes it really come to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I only had the time!


    Any additional comments?

    Please buy this title, you will not be disappointed. Compelling listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Virgo
    France
    4/13/13
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    "Wonderfully read"

    This book is wonderfully read and it really helps having it in the dramatized version!



    The book is a long one so I don't recommend for you to keep listening for hours but it is your choice!



    Have it, it is an enjoyable experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BG
    Taunton, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Childhood revisited"

    Great dramatization, far better than the films! The BBC has a strong history of dramatizing books for the radio and this is there best, the characters are brought to life by the players and the music chosen provides the perfect background and is both atmospheric and evocative. This is the best way to experience Tolkien's master peace

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Popeyesfx
    Mansfield, United Kingdom
    9/11/12
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    "Lord of the Rings BBC Radio Style"

    I had this on tape, if you like the books then you will love the adaptation, its very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D
    CambridgeUnited Kingdom
    2/14/11
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    "One of my favourites since 1981"

    In 1981, having heard the first episode, I would rush home each week to catch the 25 remaining late night episodes, always a perfect end to the day.
    Having long since worn out my cassette tapes I bought CD's and am now delighted to listen via Audible. The timeless tale evokes almost everyone's imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    5/1/15
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    "Good, but pales in comparison to BBC's The Hobbit."

    This version really felt like it lacked the care and attention that Tolkien's work deserves.

    For a much better experience try The Hobbit, also by the BBC, produced in the 60s, but with so much more character, a better performance and a great rendition of The Hobbit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • corroonb
    1/2/17
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    "Outstanding dramatisation"

    Exceptional performances from the cast. The adaptation is extremely faithful and sensitive to the source material. My only complaint would be that it's a little stingy of the BBC to split the series into three. The Chronicles of Narnia is of similar length but available in one package.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    READING, United Kingdom
    2/22/16
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    "a truely awful adeptation"
    Would you try another book written by J. R. R Tolkien or narrated by the narrators?

    badly butchered chopped to unintellagable bits


    Has The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised) put you off other books in this genre?

    yes


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    too chopped up to make any sense and i iknow the chuffing story


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    pants in the extreme

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • john
    8/31/14
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    "cannot hear it clearly"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It would have been five star if it had been like every other audiobook, from audible, in terms of volume. I have tried contacting audible but the volume is just too low. If it had been all my audiobooks I would have thought it was me or my Kindle but it is not- just this one.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mary
    Dingwall, United Kingdom
    1/22/14
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    "Magical story telling"
    If you could sum up The Lord of the Rings in three words, what would they be?

    Magical story telling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gollum


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    what an amazing cast


    Any additional comments?

    Lost track of how many time I have listened to it.Every time just as magical

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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