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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.
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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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flies through the book

A wonderful dramatization, but confusing if you aren't very familiar with the book. Mostly dialogue, it gleans over the descriptions and details of place and time. nonetheless it captures a literary feel and language that do the novels justice, often when the movies do not.

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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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Like watching a movie without a video

It seems 90% of narrator dialog was cut, to the point that I would have no clue what's going on without watching a movie first. While voice over effort is admirable, words are often illegible with all the grunts and screams in the background...

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NOT THE BOOK!

they shortened a 17hr book into a 4hour audio play. absolutely do not recommend. get the one narrated by Inglis.

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Love that there are no breaks in this version!

This is the best version of the LotR out there. Wonderful adaptation, excellent acting, everything works. All dramatizations should strive for this level of quality!

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A little too abridged for my taste.

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

Not for me. I kept tripping over all the things that had been left out of the story.

If you are looking for plot and excellent performances, then you would probably enjoy this version.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have kept more of Tolkien's original language.

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

They are all quite good. I like what the actors do with their lines, I just wish there was more.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It has been made into a movie, and yes, I have seen it. :-)

Any additional comments?

For most people this would be an excellent adaptation, The music and the performances are very well done.

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yes. I loved it a lot. I have to go get more books from you soon. thanks again for your help and support. thanks.

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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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  • 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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  • Miss
  • 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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  • Jo
  • 10-07-18

Fantasy at it's best

I listened to these on Radio 4 when they were first broadcast, and was delighted to be able to get the original recordings from Audible.

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  • Ben Sowerby
  • 09-14-18

Superb dramitisation!

Captivating, enchanting and petriyfng. Wonderful voices who bring the characters to life - myy preciousssss

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  • A ..
  • 08-24-18

Two towers

I love the book I really like the batales the two towers 🎸🎸and the reatern of the king.

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  • Calum McAllion
  • 08-06-18

A must listen

brilliantly put together just a timeless classic.
the added music works together with the story so well.

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  • Wishpiddle
  • 03-11-18

An experience!

Alot of interesting voice acting. Gollum gets to have nice characterization and range to have fun and the sense of scale is apparent throughout.

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  • Nancy Cunliffe
  • 03-05-18

wonderful

I adored all three books. But it's a bit annoying that you have to buy it in 3 separate sections - using 3 credits! but it's worth it.

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  • Brad
  • 05-26-18

Utter Garbage

I'd always heard that the BBC radio play was the best adaption of Lord of the Rings.

To say that that is untrue would be a grave understatement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-18

A butchered masterpiece

Painful, over acted and under whelmed.not worth the time. Do not bother to download this

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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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful