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Tolkien Audiobooks

13thHour
Rivendell


Sep 28 2010, 2:20am

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So I'm going on a very long road trip and figured I would download some Tolkien onto the ol' ipod. Does anyone have any suggestions for which books I should get, and which editions?

What I'm looking for here is something along these lines:
"You should get _________, read by _________, published by _________."

A pic or two of the cover art wouldn't hurt either.

Thanks a million, everyone!!!

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.


syameese
Bree

Sep 28 2010, 11:00am

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I like the Rob Inglis version [In reply to] Can't Post

I bought the Rob Inglis CD versions of LOTR (the 3 books - yes I know its one book .....) a few years ago and I would recommend them highly. I also noted today that they are now available on itunes at a much reduced price from what I paid Crazy. Not that I am complaining they are imo simply a beautiful rendition of the story.

As one who was a "once a year" reader of the books for many years, it was only after listening to these CDs that I first really "read" all the songs and appreciated the flow of the writing through RI's reading. At 50+ hours well worth it imo


13thHour
Rivendell


Sep 28 2010, 1:17pm

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Thanks for the recommendation! I'm not too familiar with the audiobook format, but I have a lot of friends who love it, so I thought the best way to go would be with books that I already know and love!

Anyone else have any recommendations for Tolkien audiobooks?

Thanks again!

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.


Oden
Rivendell


Sep 28 2010, 2:16pm

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are done very well and unabridged.

I visited a branch of our public library last month. I always check the "for sale" section (used books, etc that the library system is selling to the public for greatly reduced rates). I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw all three (FOTR, TTT, ROTK) sets for sale for $2 (USD) a set! A few scratches on some of the CDs but every disk played perfectly.

I ripped them to my PC and loaded them to my MP3 player!


Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea


Sep 28 2010, 2:34pm

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Silmarillion & JRR Tolkien collection; BBC Radio Plays [In reply to] Can't Post

I very much enjoyed the Silmarillion audiobook, read by Martin Shaw. Listening to the Silmarillion read out loud makes it easier to digest!

The JRR Tolkien Audio Collection features readings of poems and excerpts from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by the man himself, as well as readings by Christopher Tolkien. JRRT's a dramatic reader and his portrayal of Gollum provided interesting insights into the character. (Gollum comes off as simultaneously more obsequious and more unstable in JRRT's reading than I'd originally imagined him to be.) I also found out why Ian McKellen rolled his R's ("Morrdorrr") when he played Gandalf -- he's imitating JRRT!

I also can't resist putting in plugs for the the BBC radio plays of The Hobbit and LOTR, both of which IMO are fine adaptations. The BBC LOTR is a 13-hour dramatization with a superb cast and excellent production values. Although it's somewhat abridged, overall it's faithful to the original story. It has a lovely symphonic score and includes musical arrangements of many of Tolkien's songs. Ian Holm, who played Bilbo in the LOTR movies, plays Frodo in this production. The BBC Hobbit is a 4-hour dramatization that's also pretty faithful to the original. Bilbo is initially played as a comic bumbler and the adaptation does quite a nice job of showing his growth as a person. Its Renaissance music score sounded a bit odd at first but grew on me as the play went on.

All of these audiobooks/radio plays are available from Amazon.com and other fine retailers. I highly recommend them for long car trips! Cool


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(This post was edited by Idril Celebrindal on Sep 28 2010, 2:43pm)


13thHour
Rivendell


Sep 28 2010, 10:36pm

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those radio plays are actually good? Because that is all I could find on itunes. My wife has never read the Hobbit (she skipped it and went straight to LOTR), would it be ok for her?

iTunes, unfortunately, does not have the Rob Inglis versions, which is what I want. I'm gonna hafta find a way to get those before Friday. Tongue

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.


Elizabeth
Valinor


Sep 28 2010, 11:16pm

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The BBC ones are good. [In reply to] Can't Post

There's an American audio dramatization of LotR that has been panned here, so avoid that one.

You aren't restricted to things in the iTunes store. You can get CDs from Amazon or wherever and iTunes will "rip" them for download to whatever device you're using.






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13thHour
Rivendell


Sep 29 2010, 12:03am

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There's an American audio dramatization of LotR that has been panned here, so avoid that one.

You aren't restricted to things in the iTunes store. You can get CDs from Amazon or wherever and iTunes will "rip" them for download to whatever device you're using.




I needed them by Friday, but since I'm an Amazon Prime member, I clicked on the $3.99 overnight shipping and will have the Rob Inglis reading of the Hobbit in my hands tomorrow!!!

Thanks everyone for the help!

The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Sep 29 2010, 12:10am

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The Hobbit & LotR are really wonderful.

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Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea


Sep 29 2010, 2:04pm

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Listening to The Hobbit is an excellent way to go! [In reply to] Can't Post

The Hobbit is wonderful to hear read aloud, so I think you're on the right track with that. I read The Hobbit aloud to my children several times when they were young. We also read LOTR to them a couple of times, a considerably longer undertaking! And of course we listened to the BBC radio plays many times while driving on family trips.

As for the radio adaptations, the BBC LOTR is the best of the lot in terms of acting, music and production. I've listened to it so many times that I "hear" the characters' voices inside my head when I read LOTR. The BBC Hobbit's casting and score are a little off the wall and take some getting used to; your wife may like the unabridged audiobook better. But as I mentioned earlier, the voice acting and music grew on me as I listened to it and now it's a favorite of mine. I second Elizabeth's pan of the Mind's Eye LOTR radio play and do not recommend buying it.


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Oden
Rivendell


Sep 29 2010, 4:14pm

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I too have the American dramatized version. [In reply to] Can't Post

Although I agree the BBC dramatized version is much better, the man who played Frodo (James Arrington) in the American version lived in my neighborhood when I was growing up.

He told me a few stories about the recording sessions. The six or so main actors did almost all the extra character voices as well as sound effects. He remembered having the six actors in a small, hot, sweaty recording booth tramping around and making orc sounds. It was great to hear his stories.

Although I never did get his autograph on my "wooden" boxed set version...


priell3
Lorien


Sep 30 2010, 5:05pm

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4 Audiobooks [In reply to] Can't Post

The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings narrated by Rob Inglis
The Silmarillion narrated by Martin Shaw
The Children of Hurin narrated by Christopher Lee

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Ostadan
Rivendell

Sep 30 2010, 5:08pm

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I think that the Christopher Lee reading of "The Children of Hurin" (Harper Collins Audiobooks) is excellent. I particularly enjoyed his performance of Morgoth's dialogue. Christopher Tolkien also provides context for the story, if you aren't too familiar with The Silmarillion. You won't be able to refer to maps whilst driving, but other than that...


Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Sep 30 2010, 5:49pm

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Kangi Ska

Make the Hobbit Happen Now!

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Kangi Ska
Half-elven


Sep 30 2010, 5:51pm

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Kangi Ska

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Malveth The Eternal
Lorien

Oct 1 2010, 2:40am

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My Fav's [In reply to] Can't Post

1. Brian Sibley BBC LotRs
2. Christopher Tolkien reading from Silmarillion
3. Rob Inglis reading Hobbit or LotRs
4. Chistopher Lee reading Children of Hurin
5. Derek Jacobi reading Smith of Wootten Major
6. B. Sibley Tales From The Perilous Realm
7. The Simlarillion read by Martin Shaw

Two do-nots:
Mind's Eye versions of The Hobbit & LotR's (truly awful)
Original 1960's BBC radio version of The Hobbit - quite bad

Hope that helps.

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


Oct 4 2010, 3:13am

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that's actually hilarious Sly


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