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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly wooden, far back and stilted performances., 20 Jun. 2010
This review is from: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King (Audio CD)
I realise that I'm in danger of having a hobbit thrown at me, but I felt that I should attempt to provide some balance to the gratuitous torrent of praise directed at these CDs. I've just finished listening to them and, imho, they were pretty disappointing for the following reasons:
i) Just about everyone sounds like they're from upper middle England as opposed to Middle Earth. Now I'm dead against Amerispeak as the common tongue of fantasy characters, but Hobbiton is not Eaton. I challenge anyone not to roll on the floor when the riders of Mordor first speak (it's like they've drafted in Mr Chomondley Warner - youtube it if you don't remember Harry Enfield's 1930s TV presenter).
ii) Some of the voice actors simply do a poor job. The script sounds read out: the intonation is often stilted and unconvincing, as if the actors aren't sufficiently familiar with their lines.
iii) Everything is so announced. I know this problem is generic to spoken-only media, but it's really jarring to have the characters crowbar descriptions of the scene (and their actions) into their sentences. "I'm just going to attack that orc, who has presently appeared through those wooden doors, surprsing us all!"
iv) The ubiquitous poems and songs. I appreciate this is being true to the books, but the performances are cringe-makingly bad. Frodo (Holm), speaks, yes SPEAKS, the 'merry old inn' song! It's reminiscent of one of those appalling family karaokes, where your uncle embarassedly fumbles his way through a rap.
Don't get me wrong, I love LOTR, but I've been spoiled by the excellent realisation of the books in both the real life and animated films. I'd advise anyone to buy those before adding the radio play to their collection of all things Tolkien.
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Initial post: 12 Sep 2010, 16:05:10 BST
Thank you. Refreshingly honest.

Posted on 12 Jan 2011, 22:51:47 GMT
Throw the the hobbit at him Aragorn... Well done, right through his helmet!

Posted on 30 Aug 2013, 10:46:41 BST
Know all says:
Here here.
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