Review of the BBC dramatized audio version:
While on a massive road trip this summer, our family listened to the BBC's dramatized audio edition of The Lord of the Rings. It was first produced in 1981, airing on BBC Radio 4 in 26 half-hour episodes. CD releases, including the 1999 reissue that we listened to, have remixed the content into 13 hour-long episodes. Though I've been a fan of Tolkien for most of my life life, and I've heard good things about this dramatized version, this was my firs...more
Now all I want to do is reread the book and rewatch the films...
The box and the CDs are beautiful! They have images, maps, and other useful information about the trilogy and author on each ...more
Last weekend my mother-in-law gave the set to me along with The Hobbit and a disk of music using Tolkien's writings for lyrics while doing Spring-cleaning to her house. She knows how much I like Tolkien. I like it well enough that it got to the t ...more
There's quite a bit of screaming at some point, and that can be a bit painful though! Particularly when it happens during the Sam/Frodo episodes, who tend to be told in a lower softer voice (so you would have cranked up the volume to hear better maybe, and then your ears starts bleeding from the ...more
I'm not an audio book guy, and I normally listen to the news or music when driving - and driving is really the ...more
Thanks to Peter Jackson's film series, just about everyone knows Tolkien's great trilogy, though not everyone has read them. The BBC did a radio drama version once, and has released it as an audiobook. It is good, though not great. The bad thing about a film version is it will undoubtedly cast a certain actor as a certain character when you read a novel version, no matter what the author did. Case in point, Stephen King does not describe Jack Torrence ...more
Is one of the greatest universes and stories ever created. Captivating and mesmerizing.
If you are reading reviews as to make up your mind to read it or not, trust a stranger, thousands and millions of them, and do. You will not regret it.
This is already in my Top 5 Books of 2020, if not the decade to come and the two ones I have lived past. Such a wonderful retelling, of what is THE father of fantasy fiction. Any fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's books must give this a listen.
This radio series, now nearly 40 years old, is well known to many fans of the Lord of the Rings. It was re-released on BBC Radio to coincide with Peter Jacksons films of the early 00s. Besides these, and the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings animated ...more
The voice acting is excellent, with Ian Holm as Frodo, and the actor as Gollum standing out in particular.
This series manages to pull together the various components of Lord of the Rings, while skipping over some of the extraneous details (sorry Tom Bombadil :( ).
The series excels at making engaging and riveting dialogue choices; however, it struggles some during the vari ...more
However, full disclosure here, I first read the series in 2000. Then when the movies came out, I was totally hooked. It's one of the few instances where the movies are ...more
In 1981, he co-wrote BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings with Michael Bakewell, and has also adapted C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast for Radio 4, for which he r ...more