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The Lord of the Rings [Paperback]

J. R. R. Tolkien
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14 Aug 2012
A rare recording featuring Tolkien himself reading exciting selections and singing enchanting songs from the awesome trilogy of books whose literary light will never fade away.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 1178 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 50 Anv edition (14 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544003411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544003415
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,410 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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"A unique, wholly realized other world, evoked from deep in the well of Time, massively detailed, absorbingly entertaining, profound in meaning." The New York Times"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." --- Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great edition! 18 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
JRR Tolkien's book "The Lord of the Rings" needs no introduction. It's a timeless classic that should at least be given a try by absolutley everyone! That said, this edition is just great! I was quite surprised when I first saw this edition with my own eyes. The books are large, pages are thick, the covers and the illustrations are a feast to look at and the text is big and clear. If you are looking for an edition of "The Lord of the Rings" that is a bit more special than the cheaper ones, this is the one to get!
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trully unbelievable ! 26 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Misc. Supplies
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound approach to Middle-Earth 15 Sep 2001
Format:Misc. Supplies
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book but it has some flaws. 8 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Simply wonderful; but it has some structural flaws. The slip case is very tight holding the book, which is good but the rough cloth on the inside of the case may scratch up the leather half of the cover in time. The leather half is well bound and confortable to touch and hold. The cloth half has some quality faults in the edge's, the edge stitching is loose and in time may fray badly. It would have been nice if Harper Collins had numbered each copy due to the fact that there were only 1,000 copies produced, but you can't have everything =).
Other than that there are no other problems, and this copy of LOTR met my every expectation.
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271 of 285 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a novel in the modern sense 3 Jan 2009
Format:Paperback
To all the people who've given this a low mark, and all seem to have the same gripe with it - you all fail to understand that this is not a novel in the sense we've come to understand as a fantasy novel these days, so it's not fair to judge it as such.
Tolkien was not a career author, he didn't set out to write a searing page-turner, a wizzbang tale of derring-do in 500 sizzling chapters. Gandalf doesn't hurl raging fireballs at enemies, Aragorn doesn't have a sex scene with Arwen while doing Eowyn behind her back, there's no pandering to the lowest common denominator to flog a few more copies.
Tolkien barely cared if no one ever read it. He was writing it largely for himself and his friends and family.
You're all guilty of confusing the result of Tolkien's legacy and influence (virtually every other fantasy novel, movie or game) with his actual work, and expecting to see in the father what you've seen in his unruly children.

Judge it for what it is, not for what you wanted it to be as a modern fantasy reader.
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Wonderful, I couldn't put it down.
Published 4 days ago by Mrs. C. A. Randell
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outstanding thank you
Published 4 days ago by lauren wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars What a read!
What a fantastic story, although would love a slightly modernised text that would encourage younger readers to enjoy it the way I have!
Published 6 days ago by Martin McCloskey
4.0 out of 5 stars The best version of LOTR other than the book.
The BBC has done a wonderful job of bringing Tolkien's epic story to life. If you are buying on CD make sure that you do not buy the American version by mistake. Read more
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So of course I've seen the films and absolutely love the story, so really wanted to give the books a go. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
I have been a long time fan of The Lord Of The Rings, and I have only recently started reading all of the books, however I felt it was necessary for me to get away from the three... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Ben Bush
3.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I mean, I have to admit, I did not enjoy this as thoroughly as I did the first part. This book seemed to drag and it got to a point at the end where I was thinking to myself, what... Read more
Published 16 days ago by S. Shamma
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