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.


What the Critics Say

"The best available." (Booklist)
"This a masterpiece." (The Courier)
"Spirited productions...stirring music." (Washington Post)


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Customer Reviews

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The worst dramatization ever

I wish I had paid attention to the reviews on itunes, or the the sample I listened to, and had not wasted my credits on all 4 Tolkien dramatizations without listening to one first. What on middle earth were the makers thinking? This is the most dreadful dramatization of any book I have ever heard. Those involved obviously had no understanding of Tolkien's world or vision whatsoever. The music sounds like the worst kind of 70s TV show, the high elves are munchkins, and I am not even out of the shire! But here's the really sad part, as a die hard lover of Tolkien I couldn't resist buying it, and I will probably continue to listen to it, despite cringing at every other word. If you can get it, the BBC dramatization is far and away superior to this, although even that has its issues. I wish someone would produce an unabridged narrated version, read by a weighty voice - Ian McKellan or Ian Holm perhaps - or maybe even Viggo Mortesen (just the thought! I don't think I would use my ipod for anything else ever again!)
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- Jo

So Wrong

I, too, purchased the series unheard and unreviewed. I am grievously disappointed. I have rarely heard such ill-conceived overacting as is contained in these tapes. The producers have no understanding of these books. The tapes do not even succeed as parody as they are devoid of wit. What a waste of time and money.
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- E. Brown

Book Details

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