The absence of female characters does at least mean that the male ones have to do their own screaming. But generally, I had issues. Some are attributable to Tolkien’s over-egged prose and naïve moral schema. Others were pure bad luck: Robert Stephens’ distinctive voice should be an asset in radio drama, but unfortunately I know his work best in a later role, and had an inescapable impression throughout that Ancient Pistol had somehow got into Aragorn’s trousers. Eeeuw. I’m guessing that the interaction of Smeagol and Gollum must be a gift to a keen actor (far more than the high flown elocutions of the other characters) and Peter Woodthorpe certainly took them on, which is fortunate, as Gollum/Smeagol and Sam together constitute Everyman in this story.
Otherwise … no. I tried from start to finish, but I couldn’t get in. Middle Earth is closed to me now, not by cruel Caradhras or the many-armed Watcher, but by the Great Turgid Swamp which lies before the gates. I’m too old, and, sadly, I can’t be doing with it.