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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reading (not a dramatisation), 13 Aug 2005
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This review is from: The Lord of the Rings Gift Set (Audio Cassette)
Tolkien's book is a blend of narratives, plots and languages, designed not only to be written but also to be heard, and it is doubtful that anybody can better Inglis' reading of Tolkien's works.
His voice is rich and full, from the lowest note (his rendering of Treebeard is almost as scary as it is awesome), to his highest pitch. All the characters sound like individuals, and Inglis rarely falters in this fully unabridged reading of The Lord of the Rings.
Buying this audiobook is (strangely) like buying an elderly gentleman in a box... to tell you a fantastic tale whenever you want. It is far superior to the film because you literally feel like you are moving with Frodo, inch by inch, towards the land of Shadow. It is funny, depressing, and sometimes darkly moving, but Inglis never deviates from his passion for storytelling.
One last point: this audio set is a reading of the book; it is not a dramatisation, like the BBC plays (as a previous review has stated).
Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Problem with tapes, 12 Dec 2010
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings Gift Set (Audio Cassette)
About the contents I can wholly agree with M.J.Head. Wonderful reading!
Some comments on the tapes though:
Tape reels are not locked while the cassette is in its case and the tapes unwind during transport (UK to Belgium).
With four tapes, rewinding caused one of the foils in between which the tape reels turn to be caught by the tape and block tape movement.
They had to be disassembled to restore them to working order.
(difficult job because tape housing is glued, you shouldn't touch the tape, avoid causing more wrinkles...)
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are about to see the film, get this!!, 9 Dec 2001
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings Gift Set (Audio Cassette)
The fantastic story of the lord of the rings has been put into a very easy to listen to style. i was given this set last xmas, and as someone who had read the book, found it stunning. I perticuarly liked the casting, as the voices are as you would imagine them to be. If you are going to see the film and have not yet read the book, buy this, and you will not regreat it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great at bedtime, 10 Sep 2003
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings Gift Set (Audio Cassette)
as a kid i used to listen to these audio tapes in bed and enjoyed them thoroughly. However, the films recreate tolkeins world far better than is described in the tapes. They are a good introduction to tolkein if you cant be bothered to read the books. Frodo is played by Ian Holm, who plays Bilbo in the films.
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