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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King (BBC Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

J. R. R. Tolkien , Ian Holm , Michael Hordern , John Le Mesurier , Simon Cadell , Stephen Thorne
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7 Oct 2002
The BBC dramatization of Tolkien's celebrated fantasy.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563528885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563528883
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.8 x 7.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (954 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let's face it--even some adults find Tolkien's mammoth fantasy a daunting mouthful but children now have this special seven-book box set of The Lord of The Rings to make the epic tale just that bit easier to chew on. Split into its seven constituent parts, these slim volumes tell the ageless tale of young Frodo's quest to destroy The Ring and defeat the forces of evil. It's beautifully presented in a black presentation box with the movie logo and an illustration on the side and the spines of the books also form the movie logo. A contemporary look and plenty of "cool appeal" will grab kids' interest and ensure they don't miss out on reading this classic of the genre. --Jonathan Weir --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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For those who find the books too long winded and the films too noisy, this is the perfect way to assimilate the myth and magic of middle earth
--Guardian, January 10, 2004 Guardian, January 10, 2004

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trully unbelievable ! 26 Feb 2000
By A Customer
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I know, this might look like an expensive buy, but believe me, once you get to the last CD of this brilliant dramatisation of Lord of the Rings, you won't even care about the money you've spent ! This is how good this radio version is. I would give it 1000 stars if i could !
After listening to this 14 hours of incredible High Fantasy atmosphere, i only wish all the books from Tolkien were available in this form. I know the Lord of the Rings movies are being filmed at this moment, but after listening to this brilliant radio adaptation, i can't believe the movies will be better than this radio series. This is the perfect buy for anyone who loves Fantasy, no matter what age you are. Excelent for Tolien fans, and perfect to introduce the Tolkien world to anyone who never eard of it.
For a start, the actors are perfect, specialy, the voices of Sam, Gollum and Gandalf, wich are fantastic. And the cast it's huuuuuuge with plenty of voices everywhere.
The sound effects are powerfull, altough a bit to much early eighties electronics some times, but very ,very good nevertheless, specialy in the battle scenes and in the countryside atmospheres.
But to me the most impressive thing in all this adaptation , is the music soundtrack. This radio adaptation of Lord of the Rings, has one of the most beautiful music soundtracks i ever eard, and the way in wich the music is used to create emotion and carry the listener into the Midlle Earth is incredible. Listen to the battle preparation scenes in the dark , and you'll get imediately transported into this amazing world, just by the power of sound.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound approach to Middle-Earth 15 Sep 2001
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I must have read J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings at least 30 times over the same number of years.
I have seen two films come and go, that did not 'reach' me in the same way as the books (it is usually the same with pictures/drawings etc).
The Lord of the Rings is one of those rare books who's impressions given are personal to that reader.
In this way the CD's (taken from the BBC Radio adaptation of the early 1980's), do not intrude on ones personal 'mind pictures' for the story. In a number of respects they enhance previous reading experience. The voices are particularly good, striking, in terms of Gandalf and the late/great Sir Michael Hordern.
Admittedly, some scenes have had to be passed over,especially earlier on in the story i.e the old forest, Tom Bombadil, the barrow downs (due to the sheer size of the work), other than these areas, the story is very much intact.
This is a story (we found) best played on a winters night around the fire (it can make television almost seem a basic and vulgar entertainment). But however heard, it will inspire, thrill, and endear all to the great man's master work.
The 13 CD package is attractively packaged, including a map, and a CD of music from this adaptation.
I believe this sort of experience/entertainment is ideal for children of all ages, particularly really grown up children (adults) !
These CD's will compliment your Tolkien collection and continue the pure magic of this classic tale for years/generations to come.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I remember reading the Fellowship of the Ring at school. My friend had the three volume book, but I thought I would start with the first and see how it went. I was captured, and have been enchanted ever since with the mythological world of Middle Earth. But, it was not until I had listened to this box set that I realised, for instance, how great was the suffering of Frodo, and indeed how bittersweet the ending really is. I don't think that this can replace the text, but owning it will compliment the books tremendously, and act as an appetizer to the upcoming movies. Enjoy!
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of audio dramatisation 9 Sep 2001
By A Customer
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Having read and loved the book I really had doubts that a 13 hour audio full dramatised version could do it justice but any doubts I had were quashed when I heard the first few minutes and that haunting main theme kicked in. Assuming if you're reading this you've already read the book I won't need to go into specifics but Gollum was just so...perfect. Loathsome and quite pitiful at the same time. Ian Holm as Frodo was magnificent, the leading role of a talented cast, special praise going to those actors portraying Bilbo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Pippin, Merry, Sam, Legolas, Gimli and Boromir. The music was equal parts moving, exciting and awe-inspring, and how nice of the CD makers to include a 14th disc with nearly an hour of the score, my fave parts being the main score and the fan-bloody-tastic March of the Ents. Every single part of this version of the book to end all books is honed to perfection, but the standouts go to the Prancing Pony section of disc 2 and the entire Mines of Moria sequence of Disc 4, which is a triumph of sound in a scene where visuals are all. I could babble on forever about this, but, it may seem costly, but it's worth it. Empty your wallets, go home, put this on and be entranced.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Lord of the Rings ! 30 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
I was lent this recording by a friend at the age of 11 and I knew I had to get my own copy as soon as possible . What can I say - the atmosphere of Middle-Earth is conjured up brilliantly with help from a superb soundtrack , and despite others' gripes about the omission of certain chapters , I really do believe that this cannot be bettered . The stunning performances from a cast of Britain's finest actors really make Tolkien's epic tale come alive - the only problem now is that nothing will measure up to it ! Much as I am looking forward to the film version , it's just a shame this cast can't be used - each of the actors IS their character as far as I'm concerned , and anyone else just wouldn't seem right . Buy it now - you won't regret it . 13 hours of high-class , gripping drama - what more can I say ? Tolkien would be proud .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!
I bougth it second hand, and it's awesome!
Yes, it looks like a second-hand bought book, but I don't mind, I payed not much and got great product, and that is great!
Published 1 day ago by Jakub Muszynski
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than lord of the rings the movie!
The fact that somebody has at last written a book about the movie Lord of the rings is brilliant whoever this Tolkien guy is he is a genius this book is even better than the actual... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sherry Shrewbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Changed or unchanged
I have read this book many times in my lifetime and it remains and will always be a very great favourite always finding something new each time I read it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Sylvia Roe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic made easier to read on the Kindle
What more can I say? I purchased a Kindle Paperwhite for my 16 year old daughter and loaded The Lord of The Rings onto it as a surprise. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rowena Parker
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrongly Advertised !
The reason I gave it a low rating is that I did not not receive this item in the post and what I received
was completely different. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Steve Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Intaantly Addicted!!!
When I first started to read the Fellowship I kinda liked it nut as it went on I got addicted! I have recently started reading the Return of the King again as it is the end one. Read more
Published 21 days ago by G. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book was in very good condition and very interesting!
I would recommend it to any Tolkien fans or anyone who likes fantasy.
Published 22 days ago by Luke Comer
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This book was amazing when I read it. Anyone who likes books set in the Middle Ages, this is the book for you. Five stars!!!!!!!!!!!!! Brill
Published 23 days ago by Liz Chippenham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great condition
Quick delivery and great condition, just wished it was in three different books as in the picture and not a big one... Still, can't complain for the price. Would order again.
Published 26 days ago by Indiana Jojo
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware this is not the BBC version
Extraordinarily disappointed this is a 1970's American version if you are looking for the BBC classic version as I was you will be disappointed
Published 28 days ago by Emma
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