Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax. At the centre is the unsuspecting hero Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving unambitious Hobbit who is suddenly thrust into the biggest, indeed the only adventure of his life.
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I was given this book to read as a child and have loved it ever since. (I'm now over 40). The style of the dramatisation is a little bit dated and I find the music grates a bit on my ear but it does add to the atmosphere. I have listened to it three times since I bought it this week! As with any abridgement, one can always be disappointed about what was left out and what was retained from the original book but the spirit of the story is still there. The actors are very wholehearted about the project. The book was aimed at children and I think they will love this although it does get a bit scary at times!
It took me awhile to get used to "dramatised" and when I did, I decided I didn't like it. Don't get me wrong - it was done well, and was entertaining; but i found dramatization draining on my imagination. After awhile, I was overwhelmed with drama and couldn't keep up with the voices and images.
This was the first Tolkien story that I read, and I was captivated by it, long before I read the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy. This audio dramatization has become a classic in its own right, and I enjoy listening to it frequently. As a dramatization, I prefer it to a full-length audio presentation of the original. "The Hobbit," either in book or this audio format, is my favorite way to suggest an introduction to Tolkien to people who are unfamiliar with his work, or who say they don't like fantasy. This dramatization catches the spirit of the original and I highly recommend it.
"the Hobbit" was my first "Dramatized" listen, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. I usually prefer to listen to unabridged books only, however, I desided to give this one a try, and I loved it. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to have this played to her. I would strongly recomend this audio to families on road trips, and any fans of J.R.R. Tolkian.
Listening to this version of "The Hobbit" really does give you a sense of how people read, and or thought about "The Hobbit" during the time it was recorded. It not only is interesting as a historical must-have for any LOTR fan, but they do a really upstanding job dramatizing it. This is the kind of thing I will keep on my external hard-drive no matter how many computers I go through.
I like the voices, but for some reason it does not matches the book reading, it is a dramatized one, and I miss understood so one more I get that I don't get to enjoy again.
I first experienced this story on the radio in 1977, over NPR. They played it in half hour installments and my sister and I got to listen in my parents bedroom with a big bowl of popcorn. I loved the vivid mental images created by the actors readings... and the music is just as folksy and wonderful as I remembered. It will ALWAYS be my favorite way to experience "The Hobbit."
The characters voices are just as I imagined
I LOVE Bilbo's scene with Smaug.
I like spacing it into 30 minute sections.
Get it. You won't regret it. BBC BRILLIANCE.
I've read this book many time since 1969 when I was about 13 and it remains one of my favorite books. While I prefer the unabridged version, this is nicely done. The character voices and the pace is good. Occasionally there is a little too much going on in the background, but still very enjoyable.
"Excellence With a Difference"
I am not a Tolkien reader but have watched the films (who has not) Just wanted something out of my comfort zone for those odd days. This is very different from the commercial Tolkien productions even one or two little songs included, but quite enjoyable if not a little old fashioned. Nice to have in my collection & will listen when those days strike.
Full cast well acted with excellent soundtrack adding the Tolkien atmosphere. The few bits of singing is not my thing but it is so well done it goes down well with this style of production.
Glad I bought it, will listen again. Not sure that the modern Tolkiener's will appreciate this style, bit if I was a Tolkiener, I would add it to my collection for variance & for something different.
This is a messy and noisy dramatisation. Bilbo, Gandalf and even the dwarves sound hysterical. I often had to turn it down or simply skip forward when decide to sing, scream or talk at the same time. Not even 4 hours and I couldn't finish this book. It was getting on my nerves! It was also hard to distinguish the voices of the characters. If I didn't know the story so well, I would end thinking that there are two dwarves max in the trip, that they all think the same, that Bilbo is a great wizard and Gandalf a proud little hobbit!
The story itself is still fantastic, just hard to follow in this version.
"A real classic"
Excellent work here by the BBC. The voice acting and sound effects are spot on. I would listen to it at home, on the bus or at the gym, and it was easy to disconnect from the rest of the world and submerge into the story.
"A bit dated, but still strong"
A fine tale, and a good introduction to the world of Middle Earth. This BBC dramatisation suffers a bit from the somewhat old-school BBC Sound Workshop effects by comparison with more recent versions, but the coming of age and adventures of a simple hobbit are told well, and, although heavily abridged, the story is well told and is great company on a journey of one's own!
This is the first audio book I have listened to,being dyslexic i find it hard reading ordinary books.I am enjoying listening to this book the dramatised version makes it fun to listen to.i have not seen the movie yet and wanted to listen to the book this first. The iPhone app has made it easy to listen to when I walk around i find it easier to concentrate thats why I have given this five stars.
So this audible site is a great way to enjoy books if you have difficulty reading or have trouble like me ! Great book now I have listened to it ! Wish I did this years ago.
"I cannot stand the music on it. It is worse in the"
Very strange production, the music is simply awful. It is high pitched and i cannot filter it out to get to the story.
"noisy and confusing"
This "book" was awful. I had to stop it because there was so much noise and shouting it was actually uncomfortable to listen to.
"Difficult to finish"
I didn't enjoy this production. It seemed disjointed and I will be looking for another to get a better feel of the book.
This radio play recording hasn't aged well, with grim-sounding over-the-top English baritone actors all giving it their plumiest received pronunciation. For a children's book, this is not really very accessible - not recommended
could not understand half the story stay away or get the other ones if you can
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