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My favourite part was when Aragorn , Legolas and Gimli go into the haunted mountain and the dead are following them
I'm a fantasy reader and listener mostly but if anything grabs my attention I'll be sure to give it a go.
In a similar fashion to the first part of this production the cast is spot on. However, as the review suggests the character of Gollum is absolutley spot on.
As the ring gets closer and closet to Mordor a sense of foreboding begins to creep up in the production. Frodo becomes more and more closeted and begins to become more Gollum-ish every time we encounter him. Meanwhile, attentions turn to Rohan and Gondor as the rest of the company try to seal their fates.
The mixing of the speech compared to the music is still rather off but the actual dramatization is first class. Sam's actor does a fine job too.
A very enjoyable listen. Fractionally better than the first part, though it isn't by much, is it precious?
A great story, first read in childhood (1970's), read and/or listened to annually since original broadcast.
Always has me hooked beginning to end.
This production in my opinion absolute best.
I have a paper copy of the book and was hoping to listen to it in the car rather than be car sick and read. The dramatised version is not word for word but instead skips bits of the story or add bits. Not what I wanted so I feel I have missed parts of the book.
Loved every minute of this drama. Well acted too. Part 3 here we come. Brilliant
This book is wonderfully read and it really helps having it in the dramatized version!
The book is a long one so I don't recommend for you to keep listening for hours but it is your choice!
Have it, it is an enjoyable experience!
"The quality continues."
As I said I wasn't made aware of the BBC's dramatization of Lord of the Rings until 2001, twenty years after its initial release. And even then I wasn't aware of the anniversary edition which added the opening and closing narrations by Frodo. But as I said it was a much better version than the NPR Playhouse version. Granted I do still somewhat enjoy that one, but after hearing this one I must conclude that it' is far superior. And of course it's far better than the films, as good as those admittedly were.
One thing I like about this version is that it stays more or less true to the characters as described in the book, which the films didn't always do.. A notable example is Treebeard. In the NPR playhouse version he was voiced by Tom Luce with a rather annoying echo effect added. Needless to say it made hm sound rather campy. In the films he was hostile towards the Hobbits at first and made them aware of Gandalf's survival long before they learned of it in the book. Here, actor Steven Thorn gives him a commanding yet somewat mischievous quality that I always did perceive in the character. And the Ents have a cool marching song which I'm sure was in the novel but here is excellently presented.
In short I don't think I stopped listening to this any longer than was absolutely necessary, such as for meal and bathroom breaks. But then back to it I went. And now that Audible has them I can carry them with me on my IPod anytime, which should come in useful particularly for long trips in the car. And tense or scary parts of the story really come off as tense or scary here, which is definitely a good thing! Excellent music and SFX combined with an excellent cast bring this tale fabulously to life. It's definitely worth the credits or the money.
"Classic Story Well Dramatized"
Had these on tape. Decided to upgrade to digital audio on my players. Reminds me of when I read these as a teenager. Still one of the best stories ever written.
Sam. In the middle book of the trilogy you learn the value of Sam and his strength. Like Bean was to Ender, Sam is to Frodo.
Well produced ensemble cast. Easy to listen and understand who is talking. Very high production value.
Just relax and enjoy an amazing book.
"Brilliant for light listening"
Once again I enjoyed listening to The Two Towers in dramatization. I think the story is always so much more enriched when the different characters are spoken by different people.
If you want heaps of detail to the story line then don't buy this, there is only so much detail that can be added while incorperating sound effects and music. But overall I found that it contained enough plot line to get the major gist of the story without being waffly and boring to listen to. I really love the LOTR trilogy over the full book anyway. The book, (though I'm sure is amazing once you get into it) is very waffly at the start and I could not read it, so having this to listen to gave me the chance to picture the whole Tolkein world with very little effort.
This Is great to have in the car to listen to on long, and otherwise boring, journeys.
I've read the triligy several times and love the unabridged work, however this dramatised version has very good voices and pace. I don't care for the singing, but I tend to fast forward through that and it's just part of the story.
"The road goes ever on"
This second part of Professor Tolkien's trilogy sees many branching paths. Nearly all the great moments are here; the chase after the Uruk Hai, the taming of Smeagol, the battle of Helm's Deep. I nearly laughed when Gimli scolded Merry and Pippin and shuddered during the ordeal with Shelob. Brilliant presentation.
"Good like part 1"
Just like the previous book, good performance by the cast. I still would have liked the full thing but its good as it is.
"Part II of The Iconic Masterpiece"
A perfect blend of Peter Jackson and JRR Tolkien, the BBC Radio Performance captures the essence and allows the imagination to bring Middle Earth to life.
"Listen to it again and again"
I love to come back to this dramatisation. A must for any LOTR fan or indeed any fan of fantasy.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were some of my favorites and I am happy to see that they still are.
Great narrator, great story not one thing wrong! If your a Tolkien or for that matter fantasy fan get it you will not regret it
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