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message 1: by James (new)

James Great review! You are right, tnere is not supposed to be a lot of narrator in an audio drama. That's how they did it back in the radio days of the 40s and 50s. I have read the trilogy and the Hobbit at least three times so I think I would like this. Sounds like you were having more problems with the quality of the CDs. Excellent, detailed review.


message 2: by Adrianna (last edited Mar 11, 2012 05:14AM) (new)

Adrianna James wrote: "Great review! You are right, there is not supposed to be a lot of narrator in an audio drama..."

That's what I tried to tell Jason as well, but he wanted the experience to be more about the story and less about the character dialog/acting. I could understand his frustrations. There were a lot of details glossed over in lieu of the interactions between characters.

I definitely recommend this collection! You could listen to it the next time you go on a long trip.

Yeah, the quality of the CDs lowered the rating by purely because it affected the quality of our experience. If things had gone more smoothly, I probably would have rated the audio drama a +4. Even with all the difficulty, it was a lot of fun to listen to!


message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Caught this when it first went out on the radio 30 or so years ago in the 1980s. Really adored it. It was in half hour episodes then. I kept wearing the tapes I made out. Had to beg borrow and steal new copies from college friends. And I used the tapes ruthlessly to hook my younger sister on Tolkien. She used to freak folk out by doing Peter Woodthorpe impressions at random.
Glad I have the CDs now. Think they got re-released in 1999 to cash in on the Peter Jackson buzz that was building up.


message 4: by Adrianna (new)

Adrianna Michael wrote: "Caught this when it first went out on the radio 30 or so years ago in the 1980s. Really adored it. It was in half hour episodes then. I kept wearing the tapes I made out..."

I bet this was an exciting experience when it was first released on radio. I wish my copy had been better. I'm thinking about asking for it as a Christmas gift, so that I can experience the magic again. I still prefer the books, though, but this is a great way to get someone interested in Tolkien's writings!

Thanks for reading and liking my review, Michael!


message 5: by Thea (new)

Thea Marlowe I have not heard this before, and just by reading the reviews I'm slightly confused. Is this not just someone reading the books? Is there a difference between this and reading it by ones' self (aside from the technical aspect of not physically reading it)? As a side note, I completely recommend the audio version of LOTR that is narrated by Rob Ingles


message 6: by James (new)

James Thea wrote: "I have not heard this before, and just by reading the reviews I'm slightly confused. Is this not just someone reading the books? Is there a difference between this and reading it by ones' self (asi..."

An audio dramatization is different than just someone reading the books. You have actors, sound effects, etc. I haven't heard this set, but I have heard a lot of this type of thing. It's similar to the old radio days from the '40s and '50s, clearly a lost art.

Check Galaxy Press for some amazing audio books. For LOTR, probably Amazon.


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