The original American dramatization as broadcast on National Public Radio.
In the ancient world of Middle Earth—a place of elves and dwarves, orcs and wizards, the darkest evil and the brightest good—a hobbit named Frodo Baggins embarks on a perilous quest: to carry the One Ring, ruler of all the Rings of Power, into the shadowy land of Mordor and destroy it in the fires where it was forged.
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I agree with several previous reviews about this. As far as the characters voices go I prefer this version over all the others. Some of the characters voices bother me but, most of them are great. The downside is that things are certainly different from the book. As mentioned, it's a dramatization! So things won't be spot on. Sadly many of the old songs are left out. Over all though, if you can deal with minor changes here and there it's fairly good!
Abridged 'beyond' abridged
When this first became available on cassette tape back in the 80's, the whole series (minus the Hobbit) was OVER twelve hours long. Of course it was abridged. When it finally became available in CD format, it was abridged beyond the cassette version. Now that it's available on iTunes, it is abridged even further beyond the CD version. If you want the full experience of the ENTIRE Lord Of The Rings, buy the unabridged audio book version from iTunes read by Rob Ingles. It's much better, and it's complete.
The Only Dramatized Version to Hear!
Years ago I purchased this audio series on tape. Nothing has come out since those days that leads me to change my opinion...that this is the best audio version of the Lord of the Rings. Years ago, when I lost my collection of tapes, I searched and searched for a replacement. Seeing that new versions had come out I tried them and was not only disappointed in the production and choice of voices, but I was also disappointed that I spent a lot of money doing so. Then one day I stumbled upon this CD version from HighBridge Audio. I immediately bought the Fellowship and I got the rest for Christmas.
Do you want something that you will listen to again and again? Do you want a version true to the books with characterizations you will remember and love? Then this Audio book is for you. You won't regret it.