12543Tolkien on Audio CD?
- Jul 10, 2004Maybe this topic won't start a flame-war...
Since it isn't possible or budgetwise to own ALL of Tolkien's works
on audio CD, which are the best to listen to and enjoy?
So far I have tried three different recordings of "The Hobbit".
The Rob Inglis recording was pretty good except that a few of the
dwarves should have stayed in the old dwarf's home, they sounded too
frail for such a quest. It lasts around eight hours (I think.)
There was another in a green box that might have been the BBC
version that was just too bad for words. There seemed to be a roving
reporter telling the story and interviewing the cast. Bilbo came
across as very tongue-in-cheek. I don't recommend it.
The third and best IMHO is an abridgement of "The Hobbit" read by
http://www.tolkiencollector.com/pages/record0060.html It is long out
of print but I managed to snag the album on eBay. And a friend found
a download of it on the Web and made a CD for me. All the dwarves
have rich deep voices - barely distinguishable but that's OK by me.
Gandalf's voice is powerful and mercurial - "Wizards are, afterall,
wizards." Bilbo is consistant and likeable. The orcs, elves, Bard
and the rest of the cast are well done as well. A very enjoyable
I have yet to try an audio of "The Lord of the Rings" or "The
Silmarillion". That second version makes me a bit apprehensive about
shelling out +$50 just to try.
But I am willing. Do any of you have a recommendation for either
book on audio CD?
I have a +9-hour drive next weekend and could use a good audio book.
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