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Adrianna’s review of The Lord of the Rings
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Mar 10, 2012 09:00AM
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.
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Mar 11, 2012 05:13AM
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!
Mar 11, 2012 06:01AM
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.
Mar 11, 2012 11:21PM
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!
Mar 14, 2014 01:49AM
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
Mar 14, 2014 09:12AM
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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