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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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?
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
Amazing audiobook, captures the whole feel of the story . Very adventurous and exciting read.
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