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.
Its a wonderful performance. Very well done. Sucks you into the story.
The sound effects make it great. Makes you feel like your there.
Bilbo's character was excellent. He even sounded like the person from the recently released movie which made it even better.
Listening to the Hobbit took me back to my childhood when my father and I would read aloud and act out the voices. It is hard to compare audio to print as I love the feel of a book in my hands, I will say that I felt very much involved in the story as I listened to it unfold.
Gandalf has always been my favorite character. He has the uncanny ability to encourage the characters to push past their comfort zones to do his bidding; while they feel like it is completely of their own volition.
The narration does match the pace of the story, which as we all know about Tolkein is frenzied at times and incredibly, heart achingly slow at others. The narration seems to pace the story as it was written to be read.
I have fallen asleep many times listening to this story, and always wake up from strange dreams to the voice of Golum. I might not suggest as a "bedtime story" if you are a light sleeper.
I should have read more closely. This isn't a dramatized reading of the book, it's a radio play production, featuring a handful of voices (some of whom couldn't be bothered to stand near the mic) that was physically painful to endure.
I'm clearly stating only my own opinion, but I hated this. I couldn't understand much of what was said, I couldn't follow the story, I couldn't even finish. Probably the worst audiobook I've ever heard.