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Tolkien the mickey,
This review is from: Hordes of the Things (BBC Audio) (Audio CD)
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There's no mistaking that this project probably came off the back of the successful Hitchhikers radio plays.
Instead of sci-fi, though, this is a parody of Lord of the Rings at heart, but seems to try too hard. The voice acting is good, the script, at times, is quite funny and the whole thing should really be quite entertaining if it wasn't for the nagging feeling that someone is about to come in dressed as a pantomime horse.
In trying too hard to be funny they've created something which at times feels that it's playing for a forced laugh and at other times is just silly. It's not quite Rentaghost (to use a similar comedy style from the same era) but almost stoops to those levels to get a laugh.
I can't really think of the audience this would appeal to either. Terry Pratchett fans would look down on the low level humour, Lord Of The Rings and fantasy fans might take offence at the humour in general and people who are just interested in radio plays in general have much better sources of enjoyment.
That said, it's still good enough to listen through and enjoy to some extent and the packaging comes with a nice map and notes on the series, so it gets 3 stars for presentation and the odd bit of enjoyment it might give.