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Tolkien Audio Collection [update---I got it]

Postby rumzy » 26 Dec 2008, 17:12

Does anyone have any editions of the Tolkien Audio Collection in which Tolkien reads excerpts from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I was looking on amazon.com and also harpercollins.com and there are a few different options with a wide range of prices. There is the "J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection" which is about $20, and there is the "Essential Tolkien CD" for $12. But there is also the "Tolkien Audio Collection" which is $45. Does anyone know the difference? The descriptions are all similarly vague.
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Re: Tolkien Audio Collection

Postby john » 26 Dec 2008, 17:17

I have the BBC's dramatization of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which are both fantastic.
Don't know if you want an audiobook or a dramatization, though.

EDIT: And...I just realized that I didn't remotely answer your question. :rolleyes:
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Re: Tolkien Audio Collection

Postby rumzy » 30 Dec 2008, 16:22

Someone has to have some version of the "Tolkien Audio Collection." Anybody?
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Re: Tolkien Audio Collection

Postby Paul F. Ford » 31 Dec 2008, 01:43

I own the Tolkien Audio Collection from HarperCollins. JRRT reads selections from The Hobbit and LOTR on two CDs and Christopher Tolkien reads selections from the Silmarillion on the two other CDs. It's lovely to hear JRRT's voice.

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Re: Tolkien Audio Collection

Postby rumzy » 31 Dec 2008, 04:58

Paul F. Ford wrote:I own the Tolkien Audio Collection from HarperCollins.

Does it have a photo of Tolkien on the front, or is it black with a drawing (by Tolkien I think) of the Ring. Those are the two editions that I'm having trouble finding anything about. For some reason there is a large price difference between them. I'm probably making too big a deal out of it, but I find all the different editions confusing.
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Re: Tolkien Audio Collection

Postby Paul F. Ford » 31 Dec 2008, 15:27

Mine has the photo of Tolkien on the front and is found on Amazon at The J.R.R. Tolkien Audio Collection [ABRIDGED] [AUDIOBOOK] (Audio CD). Publisher: Caedmon; Abridged edition (October 2, 2001) ISBN-10: 0694525707 ISBN-13: 978-0694525706. I paid $17.50 five years ago for it.

The edition with Tolkien's drawing of the ring is the Tolkien Audio Collection (HarperCollins AudioBooks) [AUDIOBOOK] (Audio CD). Publisher: HarperCollins Audio (July 15, 2002) ISBN-10: 0007147015 ISBN-13: 978-0007147014 is the same thing but costs much more.
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Re: Tolkien Audio Collection

Postby rumzy » 31 Dec 2008, 16:49

Thanks for the info. I thought it looked like the same thing. I went ahead and ordered the same one you have. I wonder why there is such a large price difference. Anyway, thanks again.
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Re: Tolkien Audio Collection [update---I got it]

Postby rumzy » 06 Jan 2009, 16:18

So, not having much information about the $50 version, I got the $25 dollar one, identical to yours Paul, and it arrived at my door yesterday. It is so much fun. I can't believe that more Wardrobians don't have this. It is truly wonderful to hear Tolkien reading his poems and playing his characters. I highly recommend getting it in some form (if you get the $50 dollar one, feel free to tell me what's so special about it).
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Re: Tolkien Audio Collection [update---I got it]

Postby Adam Linton » 25 Mar 2009, 00:28

Sorry not to have responded before; I have the Caedmon set you purchased and Dr. Ford has, as well...
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