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Lord of the Rings (Audio CD)
Author Name: superness11
Lord of the Rings (Audio CD)
Advantages: great cast
Disadvantages: less discs
My boyfriend is a massive fan of Lord of the Rings and recently we have just been to see the Hobbit. Bringing us back to Shire and Lothlorien made me recall the audio collection that we own. It was a present for my boyfriend to listen to but I borrowed the collection for my daily travels to work. Lord of the rings has had many facelifts over the years but it still warms the hearts of its fans. Whether you love Peter Jackson's blockbusters on the big screen or whether you love the original J R Tolkien books; you will find it hard not to be impressed by the audio adaptation. I have never been too hooked on audio books writing them off as only good for the ill educated that could not read. I was very wrong though and there are many reason why you might prefer this edition. For one, and the main reason I liked it, is because I could drive and hear the story at the same time. I enjoy the small sound effects, the voices, intonation and I enjoy feeling part of the story. Audio books are attracting more and more fans and this is a great medium to enjoy the famous books. The series contains 14 CDs and as one ends there is no introduction to the next, you can just play the next one and continue the story. There are a couple of adaptations of the audio book and the one I picked was the recent one when I bought it. I thought it made a lovely gift for my boyfriend one year as he was such a fan. It comes well packaged with a gorgeous pull out map and booklet. Each disc is black with gold script telling you what episode it is and which disc number you are on.
==Worth the cost==
The collections costs £70 and you may find it cheaper second hand but you really are getting a lot for your money. You have 14 discs and the story is told so beautifully, the narration is excellent and if you have any misgivings about an audio book, ten minutes in and you will be hooked. This was made in 1999 and it still has all the charm of when it was first produced. The music on the discs is fantastic and really brings you into the picture. The sounds create all the emotions and feelings that you get at the cinema, it paints the pictures really well and it is utterly convincing.
==Cast, sounds and narration==
The cast are amazing and I take my hat off to their outstanding performance. Frodo Baggins is played by Ian Holm and he really pulls Frodo off, in my opinion he is better than the on screen version. Gandalf the Grey is played by Michael Hordern. This casting is fantastic and Gandolf sounds mysterious and very wizard like. Bilbo Baggins is played by John le Mesurier. Samwise Gamgee is played by William Nighy. I love Bill Nighy and find his voice utterly interesting. Gollum is played by Peter Woodthorpe. He sounds pathetic and annoying just like Gollum should. Aragorn is played by Robert Stephens. He sounds noble and again, sounds just like Aragorn should.
The book which has been voted the nations favourite on Amazon.co.uk was finished in 1949. It is the follow up to 'The Hobbit', and is set in the mysterious lands of Middle Earth. The story is about a golden ring which was found by Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit and hidden from Gollum. In 'The Lord Of The Rings', the true nature of the ring is discovered, and Bilbo's heir, Frodo has to destroy it in order to save Middle Earth. The tale has much more to tell but you need to buy the audio books to hear more. As someone who has read the book, seen the film and heard the audio books, you will notice a few small errors in the audio book, notably a certain character is missing. This does not detract away from the story though and it really is a good listen. It is not something you will play all the time, but it is a lovely keepsake and one that you can lend to friends and family.
I would recommend it and as it was a gift, it means a lot to my boyfriend so he wants to look after it. I love Frodo and Arragon and I find them to be my favourite characters, obviously I love Gandalf too, but they really make it for me. I find that I get tense when the momentum picks up and I can't wait to hear more. It makes really pleasant listening, you do not need a big Hollywood cast to make it work and these actors do a marvellous job of portraying their characters and keeping the listener thoroughly engaged.
Summary: A great keepsake
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