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priell3
Lorien

Feb 24 2007, 2:18pm

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Does anyone have the audio books of The Hobbit and the LOTR?

I just got the complete unabridged versions on CD from Ebay for less than half of the original
retail price. The CDs are in perfect condition. All expertly narrated by Rob Inglis.

The Hobbit is 10 CDs, the trilogy is 46 CDs.

I have ripped The Hobbit CDs onto my pc, tagged the files and put them on a microSD card
to play on my MP3 player (not an iPod). Next task is to transfer LOTR.

Soon I'll be able to "read" my favorite books anytime, anywhere even while I'm working.

You can find them on Ebay or at http://www.recordedbooks.com.

By the way, James Galway has an album "Wings of Song" which contains a
"Lord of the Rings Suite", a complilation of music from the movie soundtracks. Very good listening.


a.s.
Valinor


Feb 24 2007, 3:08pm

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I like the BBC "radio play" edition quite a bit. It's abridged, of course, but feels faithful to the storyline. I've listened to it several times over the last few years in my car on long trips.

I've always hesitated to get the audiobook versions of Hobbit/LOTR. Not sure why (besides cost!). I wouldn't want the Hobbit anyway, as I almost never read it. And I seem to have a love affair going with my battered black-covered LOTR trilogy book editions.

But having it on my computer, now...to listen to "at work" with my headset on. Hmmm. GOOD IDEA!!

Evil (a.s. ponders how she can sneak a download past the IS department at work....)

I have been thinking of purchasing the Silmarillion as an unabridged audio CD, though, because I really need to read it again.

a.s.

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We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.


dernwyn
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Feb 24 2007, 3:35pm

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I have the Rob Inglis audios for FotR and TT (so far), and I've been listening to them as I do treadmill-walking!

He's quite good, isn't he, at doing the different voices. I like his Gandalf.


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drogo
Lorien


Feb 24 2007, 4:46pm

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as well as the BBC dramatization, the BBC Hobbit, and the Martin Shaw Silmarillion. (I do a lot of car trips!).

I like Inglis as a narrator, and he does a passable job singing (they do need to work on the settings for some of the songs, though!). He captures Bombadil pretty well, though I don't care for his reading of some of the Elven scenes as much. It's good, overall, though.

I haven't heard his Hobbit, so I would be interested in a review when you're done. I sense he would be pretty good for that book.

Martin Shaw is nice and "biblical" for The Sil. His pronunciation is off in a number of places, though, which irritates the snot out of me!


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Feb 24 2007, 6:24pm

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I have The Lord of the Rings by Rob Inglis and The Silmarilion both on CD. I listen to LotR once a year, though sometimes I don't get all the way through it.

i grown to appreceate Rob Inglis more each time I listen to it. Sometimes, how he reads certain parts will ring in my ears. (can not think of which oes.) Something happening in the moment will trigger a memory. It took me a while to get used to him though. I have not listened all the way through the Sil.

I sometimes like to read while I am listening.

I am very grateful to have these, because I am a slow reader, my mind wanders around a lot. I agree with what is so great about having audio books. I like to listen to them while I am drawing or making jewelry, or my oher arts and crafts, or cleaning house. I love it. It is like accomplishing two things at once, all the while beig entertained by old friends. And it is far less distracting than the TV.

You have me very interested in the James Galway album "Wings of Song". He came here to Honolulu a couple of years ago. I went with two or three friends. I ended up with a signed CD of some Irish music. I would love to have "Lord of the Rings Suite". sounds wonderful. I also went to Rene Fleming perfomance when she came here.

Famous performers hardly ever come here, let alone LotR associated folks) ...so far away and isolated as we are. My whole group has been writing letters and emails begging them to do the LotR symphony.

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Feb 24 2007, 7:02pm

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We love to listen to them in the car. I especially love Rob Inglis's Orc and Treebeard voices. I find I'm more aware and appreciative of the humor Tolkien put into the story when I'm listening to it read than when I'm reading it.

I've gotten most of them with gift cards, and The Hobbit is next on my list. (Btw, I found that buying the LOTR CDs individually on Amazon/Borders is cheaper than buying them as a package deal - at least that was the case when I bought all of mine).


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a.s.
Valinor


Feb 24 2007, 7:43pm

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Martin Shaw is nice and "biblical" for The Sil. His pronunciation is off in a number of places, though, which irritates the snot out of me!




hmmm. And the only reason I'd be listening is because I need to get the Elvish stuff DRILLED into me somehow, and can't face reading it again.

So maybe a reading with mispronunciations isn't my best way to go (because I might not recognize a mispronunciation). Is there another recording, anyone know?

a.s.

"an seileachan"

The Lost Mod Power: An Elegy (with apologies to Wordsworth)

What though the mod power which was once so bright
Be now FOREVER taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the stats, of glory in the power,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.


drogo
Lorien


Feb 24 2007, 8:23pm

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I'd recommend the Shaw Silmarillion since it is a good recording overall. It does help you get through the list of names.

The one I like the best is CJRT''s recording of the Beren and Luthien chapter (i have it on the JRRT Audio Collection along with Tolkien reading "Riddles in the Dark" and other clips).


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a.s.
Valinor


Feb 24 2007, 8:54pm

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The one I like the best is CJRT''s recording of the Beren and Luthien chapter (i have it on the JRRT Audio Collection along with Tolkien reading "Riddles in the Dark" and other clips).



I'd forgotten there were those CT readings there. I will have to re-listen. Usually I just listen to the Professor reading. I love his reading of "Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" especially Sam's voice saying "Oh you're hopeless, go back to sleep". Although I do think he does Gollum with an Indian accent...

a.s.

"an seileachan"

The Lost Mod Power: An Elegy (with apologies to Wordsworth)

What though the mod power which was once so bright
Be now FOREVER taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the stats, of glory in the power,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.


Elizabeth
Valinor


Feb 24 2007, 9:16pm

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The one I like the best is CJRT''s recording of the Beren and Luthien chapter (i have it on the JRRT Audio Collection along with Tolkien reading "Riddles in the Dark" and other clips).



I'd forgotten there were those CT readings there. I will have to re-listen. Usually I just listen to the Professor reading. I love his reading of "Herbs and Stewed Rabbit" especially Sam's voice saying "Oh you're hopeless, go back to sleep". Although I do think he does Gollum with an Indian accent...

a.s.


The Professor's reading of The Ride of the Rohirrim brings me to tears every time.

My son gave me the BBC dramatization of LotR for Christmas. I'm mostly enjoying it, although I don't care for some of the voices (particularly Aragorn). And, although I adored Ian Holm as Bilbo in the movies, I really don't care for him as Frodo. He sounds old and crochety.




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Wynnie
Rohan


Feb 24 2007, 9:37pm

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I don't have those, but I do have the BBC LotR dramatization and The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection that others have mentioned. I'd highly recommend the latter; there's something very special about hearing Tolkien's words in his own voice. It's chiefly poetry that he reads, but the better part of The Hobbit's "Riddles in the Dark" chapter is included, as well as the "What's taters, precious?" conversation and a Ride of the Rohirrim excerpt from LotR.


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Wynnie
Rohan


Feb 24 2007, 9:44pm

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about Aragorn's voice. It's my biggest complaint about the set.


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Feb 25 2007, 2:39am

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I'm only missing The Hobbit unabridged book on tape. I've put them all on my iPod so I no longer have to carry around the CDs.

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drogo
Lorien


Feb 25 2007, 10:21pm

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This Ebay auction might be of interest... though hardcore collectors wouldn't actually play it! :)

http://cgi.ebay.com/...QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


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Idril Celebrindal
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Feb 26 2007, 5:01pm

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We listen to it on car trips at least once a year. Parts of it have become our family in-joke.

We also have CDs of the complete Silmarillion, the BBC Tales from the Perilous Realms radio plays, and the JRRT Audio Collection, plus the BBC Hobbit radio play on tape. The BBC Hobbit radio play is worth a listen, but IMO isn't as good as the BBC LOTR radio play. Tales from the Perilous Realms is a bunch of Tolkien's shorter works adapted by Brian Sibley, who also did the BBC LOTR. It includes Farmer Giles of Ham, Tree and Leaf, the Tom Bombadil section from LOTR (which was not included in the BBC LOTR due to time constraints), and a couple of others.

The JRRT audio collection includes Tolkien's own readings of his work plus Christopher Tolkien reading excerpts from the Sil; I highly recommend it. Ian Mckellen must have listened to it because he pronounced "Mordor" rolling the Rs just like Tolkien did!

Right now, though, we're taking a break from Tolkien and listening to Patrick O'Brian's books on CD when we go on car trips. "The Far Side of the World" is next on the list.

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Feb 26 2007, 6:52pm

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I've been thinking about purchasing the audio books for sometime. I have a job that allows me to listen to my mp3 player all day so this would be a pretty awesome invesment. eBay here I come!



RosieLass
Valinor


Feb 27 2007, 6:59am

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That I'll probably never listen to. I'd be willing to part with it, if anyone wanted it.

It's read by Martin Shaw, and I guess he did a good job with it. I listened only to a little bit of it before I decided that I didn't really care for it enough to want to listen to the whole thing.

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Pallando
Lorien


Mar 16 2007, 7:03pm

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My objective was to get the whole Inglis LR set onto my (30GB) IPod. So I first copied the original disks for backup and then copied them as mp3s to my hard drive. The naming was the most difficult because first you have 46 disks and 1084 tracks but also because ITunes works easiest if all tracks are in order. So you must name each track in some consecutive way. ITunes found the name by itself for about half (which must be slightly edited). I chose numbers for the disks and letters for the tracks, 1A to 46X, and then added the Chapter name (ie, "Long Expected Party") to each one. BTW, chapters can cross multiple disks. It's easy if you use a program like ZTREE, which doesn't go through Windows File Manager. But it (the renaming) can be done easy enough by c&p (cut and paste).

So summarizing, it's easiest for later work if the tracks are all in one directory (folder) and are named alphabetically start to finish, ie, A1 to 46x (which is the last track of the last Appendix). Once downloaded to your computer, you'll probably be working in the ITunes Library. But sometimes you can't move tracks around in the Library. If so, you'll have to create a Playlist and move the tracks to the Playlist first. There you can move tracks to the order you like them.

Then upload the whole Playlist (1084 tracks!) to the IPOD. You're stuck with your IPod track order you now have. If something's out of order or otherwise you want to change anything, you'll have to first make the change in your ITunes Playlist (software), then delete the Playlist on the IPod (hardware) and then re-upload the new revised Playlist (software>hardware). You might have to do this a few times, what with 1084 tracks. It gets to be second nature.

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Then to listen to your IPod in your car, it's a piece of cake. Most folks don't have a new Lexis with an IPod jack - that's the easiest. But many folks DO have a cassette player. You can get from Radio Shack a pseudo cassette that is just a Line In device, that is, it looks like a cassette but the guts are electronics and there's a 1/8" jack coming out on a wire. Just plug that into your IPOD.

To make a clean-machine install, I got a small square of h-duty sticky-back velcro and used it to stick the IPod belt-mount to the dashboard hand's reach next to the radio/cassette. The sticky velcro is just to help mount it - you don't pull the velcro on and off because the IPod case has a button on the back that snaps to the belt mount! Snap-in -- snap out very easy. Then plug the cassette line-in to the top and instant IPod with radio control. Be sure to get a car-lighter charger so you don't run out of juice just as Gollum bites a finger.

Sounds like a lot of work but it's really not. But you can then listen to the LR to your heart's content whenever you drive and not be insulted by those flaming liberals on NPR.

I'll be glad to answer any questions private or public about this if anyone wants to try it.


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