The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatized)

  • by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by An Ensemble Cast
  • 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original recording Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is the original American full dramatization, as broadcast on National Public Radio.In the ancient lands of Middle-earth, a place of elves and dwarves, Orcs and wizards, the darkest evil and the brightest good, a hobbit named Frodo Baggins embarks on a perilous quest: to carry the One Ring, ruler of all the Rings of Power, into the shadowy land of Mordor and destroy it in the fires where it was forged.

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Minus some stars for overusing some actors but...

I don't feel this program is the travesty many believe it to be. This could of course be because this was my first exposure to Middle-Earth and I was only ten or so at the time. Even now at 31 I still have a soft spot for this program, even after hearing the BBC's version. Of course this soft spot could also be due to the fact that despite its flaws this program still remains most faithful to the books and features a reasonably well-performed version of one of my favorite parts, that being the scenes with Tom Bombadil, which the 1981 BBC radiodrama, released three years or so after this version, omits entirely as does the 2001 film, much to the displeasure of many fans.
But if you enjoyed the American performance of The Hobbit, you may enjoy the rest of the series just as much since old favorite actors such as Ray Reinhardt (Bilbo), Tom Loose (Thorin and now Aragorn), and Bernard Mayes (Gandalf), return in this program alon with newcomer James Arrington as Frodo and, strangely enough, Saruman as well. I wasn't entirely thrilled with the guy who portrayed Elrond, since he always sounded to me as though he constantly had a frog in his throat. I will however acknowledge the fact that he sounds somewhat less like that in the LOTR trilogy than he did in The Hobbit itself. The only cast member I really didn't like was Lu Bliss, the lady who plays Sam. I don't know if it was the New York/Jersey accent or what, but I could never get into her performance. One other thing I found rather unnerving about this version to say the least, was the almost overwhelming presence of Sci-Fi-like laser effects whenever Gandalf used his magic. Granted this is more in reference to Two Towers and Return of the King than in Fellowship, but it does become distracting in those later programs. Aside from that though, the sound effects are actually quite good, the horses' hooves not least of all. In the BBC version they sounded much more like tapdancers in my opinion than actual horses.
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- Bryan J. Peterson

Not the Book Reading - be forewarned..

Where does The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Was on a long road trip with my son; it was a nice diversion - but it was NOT the book as written. It is a radio show version of the book and there is some diversion from the original. If what you are looking it the actual reading of same (which we were) this is not the right download.


What other book might you compare The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatized) to and why?

The Fellowship of the Ring, as written - because the interpretation of the story for the drama leaves some important content out.


What three words best describe An Ensemble Cast’s performance?

old fashioned rado


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

yes


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- Moose MaGee

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books