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The Hobbit (Dramatised) | [J. R. R. Tolkien]

The Hobbit (Dramatised)

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today.

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.

© and (P)1988, 1994, 1997, 2002 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Joe Wellington, FL 08-20-14
    Joe Wellington, FL 08-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic and Magical!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This radio play is both fantastic and magical. Its brings Tolkien to life better than the Jackson films!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo and the narrator. They were so full of life!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved this story and i loved how it was told.


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    alan Texas, United States 08-03-14
    alan Texas, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I expected so much more from the BBC"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    First of all I'm a fan of the books and the movies. Get any other version.


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    Sean Gorey, Ireland 04-20-14
    Sean Gorey, Ireland 04-20-14 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and audible has helped me double what I read in a year. An Irish bookworm.

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    "A fine example of excellent storytelling"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A User San Antonio, TX, United States 08-08-13
    A User San Antonio, TX, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, not so great recording"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit (Dramatised) again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit (Dramatised) to and why?

    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.


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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-14-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 11-14-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "Wonderful Story Related in the Old British Brogue"

    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?

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    Milisa Henderson 11-04-12
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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made The Hobbit (Dramatised) better?

    I did not realize this was dramatised when I selected it. The voices - especially that of Gandalf was just wrong. Voices blended together leaving me lost and confused. I'm going to have to 'read' a narrated (which is what I wanted) version before I can understand anything that happened in this book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrator?

    a narrator rather than dramatised.


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    Greg Brewster, New York, United States 09-27-12
    Greg Brewster, New York, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2011

    GMo

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    "Could be better"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

    The adaptation for this dramatization is great, the writing is very well and captures the details of the book while keeping an entertaining pace


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

    I enjoy the music though some of it is repetitive, and I enjoy Bilbo joining in conversation with the Narrator.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I am a HUGE fan of the BBC Dramatization of LOTR with Ian Holm as Frodo. That dramatization is perfection in my opinion, highly recommended!

    So this was a let down to me because it isn't as good as that adaptation, it is a bit unfair to score this poorly based on that, but I had my expectations high.

    Some of the voices really annoyed me too. All the main characters I got used to though. I do like Bilbo's voice a lot, Thorin and Gandalf


    Any additional comments?

    If you are expecting it to be just like the BBC LOTR then you will be disappointed. However I do not regret purchasing this version! Happy 75 years to this story. One of the greatest stories ever told as far as I am concerned.

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    Jennifer Chicago, IL, United States 09-17-12
    Jennifer Chicago, IL, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hard to hear"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or the narrator?

    I really enjoy this story, but they use to much background music that I find very distracting, I can not hear what is being said and it just becomes to much, did not finish the story because it was to hard to hear. Do not recommend this version.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I love this story, I have read it before, this version is not a great representation of the actual book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

    No I would not


    Could you see The Hobbit (Dramatised) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This is going to be a movie, and I am excited to see it.


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    Angie 08-03-12
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    "Perfomance spoils the fantastic story"

    I read the Hobbit many, many times many, many years ago. I wanted to listen to it again at the gym before the movie comes out. However, this is the BBC radio version--which might be nice to hear in a different setting--but it's hard to listen to while exercising (or driving). (The background noises, sound effects, and acted nature of this version are distracting.) I would have preferred an actual reading of the book rather than a recording of a radio dramatization of the story.

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    Anna AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-27-12
    Anna AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Short but Good"

    It took a little while to get used to the songs, but that was part of the original book and should be included. It was entertaining, fun, and a pretty good dramatization of the book. If anything it was a little short and glossed over the details, but I enjoyed it. It would be good material for a car trip, especially with kids.

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    "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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "ummmmmm"

    could not understand half the story stay away or get the other ones if you can

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  • G
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    "Mesmerising"

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

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