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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.
(P)2001 BBC Worldwide Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 10-22-12

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Erin on 03-23-10

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David Ian on 12-05-08

A Great Listen

I have just listened to this again after a gap of 10 years and it is even better than I remember. I thought after having seen the films that it would have lost some of the magic. But, this is not the case. One of the great things about audio is that you still get to fill in the gaps using your own imagination and this BBC Radio 4 version gives you plenty of opportunity to that. The new start to each of the books is a good addition, as is the linking together of the individual episodes. Sam is still my favourite character, with Gandalf a close second. If you have not listened to this yet then don't wait too long before you do!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 03-02-10

A blast from the past

Listening to the lord of the rings brought back wonderful memories for me because i bought the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on cd. Unfortunately i had those stolen and missed hours of dramatised enjoyment. Thank God for Audible and downloading the trilogy. I can now sit and listen to the lord of the rings for hours on end again. WONDERFUL ENTERTAINMENT.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-09-17

It isn't lord of the rings

I bought this book expecting it to be the classic Lord of the Rings story, but with added music, different voices and maybe sound effects. I was wrong. They have rewritten the entire story which completely loses the magic of the book. Along with this, some of the voice acting is terrible, such as the voice for Gollum. The actual audiobook is terribly mixed, with the loud parts being too loud and the soft parts being far too quiet. If you want to hear Lord of the Rings, don't buy this audiobook.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bryony on 04-08-16

Sensational

Very compelling to listen to, I was enthralled and actually in Middle-earth the whole book.

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