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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This was incredibly fun and enjoyable! I finished Rob Inglis' unabridged reading, which I loved, but still wanted to linger in the world, so I tried this version out. It was fun and I fell in love with Bilbo and the dwarves all over again. I loved the little additions, the atmosphere, Bilbo's constant questions. Too fun! My only issue was the pronunciation of Thorin's name, it threw me off. But I loved it so much I can't deduct any stars. Great great great!
This is by far the best audio adaptation of The Hobbit I've ever heard. The narration is done (seemingly) by Professor Tolkien and Bilbo Baggins, and the background score is performed on Medieval/Renaissance era instruments. Recommended for fans of fantasy and Medieval fiction.
This is an awesome narration of the book. it's more like you're watching the movie rather than listening to a book.
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.
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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