This audio certainly did not meet my expectations. Sure, dramatized is fun, but these guys cut out a lot of important info that makes the book what it is. The ensemble cast was very nice, but this audiobook should not be presented to someone who has never read "The Hobbit."
Loved the story, but the volume would shift drastically at points to where hearing the words required volume adjustment. Also, the singing was not the best. But it was still exciting and entertaining.
Fun, sticks to the original, sometimes confusing
They managed to get to the heart of Tolkien's story--a story about adventure and courage and learning what matters most
It was easy to picture the action.
ummm, hasn't this already happened!?
Many of the voices were a little too similar to other voices, so it wasn't always easy to keep track of which character was talking---even with a strong familiarity with the story.
I love this dramatization because I feel it captures the moods of the story very well.
The music was perfect for each scene, making me feel like I was really there.
The different personalities and attitudes of the characters. I am rather black/white and dramatization helps me to see characters in new ways and helps me consider them better.
The music for Imladris really makes me want to go there myself, along with the simple explanation that painted such a beautiful picture.
A wonderful dramatization all in all. Yes, there are a few things I would have done differently, but I love this dramatization and listen to it again and again. If you can let go of your hard and fast notions about Middle-Earth (yours truly), this production will take you on a wonderful journey.
Not really. I remember the book being alot better then this.
no. its better as a read
The majority of the characters are so overacted that you can't even follow what they are saying. One sounded like he had a mouthful of crackers and he was half-spitting/half-choking on them -- never understood his dialogue. Inconsistent sound levels made it difficult for listening in the car: harsh, loud, piercing music followed by mumbled, indistinct dialogue followed by screeching treble-cracking voices. Kids enjoyed it, but felt we missed quite a bit of the cleverness of the writing and having to constantly manage the volume was annoying.