My seven year old likes it, but for an adult, one expects a little better for Tolkien. The music is flat and droning. Some of the voice effects reminds me of low budget BBC 1970's sci-fi.
I guess it's less likely to put me to sleep than others, and hearing 2 voices taking turns to narrate can be funny enough, but the way the names of Gandalf, Thorin, and Gollum left a lot to be desired.
I recommend this on the whole, though.
A different case who actually portrayed the characters instead of making every one sound like a mouse
J.R.R. Tolkien wouldn't have had to chance anything.
everyone sounded like a mouse who sucked the air out of a balloon or had a frog in their throat. Also half the time I couldn't understand what was being said because it sounded more like a noisy crowd.
Its the Hobbit. Unfortunately I ended up buying a physical copy and read it myself.
listen to a regularly narrated copy. not the dramatized.
This radio play is both fantastic and magical. Its brings Tolkien to life better than the Jackson films!
Bilbo and the narrator. They were so full of life!
I loved this story and i loved how it was told.
First of all I'm a fan of the books and the movies. Get any other version.
I love to read and audible has helped me double what I read in a year. An Irish bookworm.
I loved the sense of nostalgia that I got while listening to this. It brought the characters and events to life using very little special effects.
If you have enjoyed the books and the recent films, have a listen to this to remind yourself of what is essentially one of the classic stories of our time. Its amazing how this production covered the story so excellently in four hours when Hollywood needs about seven hours of CGI to impress. Tolkien originally told this story to his children at bedtime and I imagine that this version of the tale remains very close to that experience.
I love 'The Hobbit' and have read it before. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this performance. The voice acting was over the top. The sound was poorly mixed so that I had trouble hearing or understanding the actors over the sound effects. Moreover, I found the transition music distracting as it was high-pitched and grating to my ears. I think I go back to the print version next time.
I've listened to other dramatized books in the past such as 'The Odyssey', 'Romeo and Juliet', and 'The Tempest'... all were much more enjoyable to listen to.
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
I loved the story the first time I read it 30 years ago. I loved this presentation too. However, I had to really listen hard to be able to understand the accents. They were that pronounced. On one hand it slowed my kids down dramatically and their pleasure was lessened because of it. Once I got used to it, however, I thought it was wonderful. A matter of maturity?