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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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    Sean Lynott Boise, Idaho United States 04-25-15
    Sean Lynott Boise, Idaho United States 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Commendable enough"

    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.

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    Amanda L. Miller Dallas 01-09-15
    Amanda L. Miller Dallas 01-09-15
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    "Love the novel, did not love this performance"
    What would have made The Hobbit (Dramatised) better?

    A different case who actually portrayed the characters instead of making every one sound like a mouse


    What could J. R. R. Tolkien have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    J.R.R. Tolkien wouldn't have had to chance anything.


    What didn’t you like about uncredited’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Its the Hobbit. Unfortunately I ended up buying a physical copy and read it myself.


    Any additional comments?

    listen to a regularly narrated copy. not the dramatized.

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sum Dumb guy Texas, United States 08-03-14
    Sum Dumb guy 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 2014

    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.

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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 2014
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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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    Liss 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

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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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  • Mojano
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    7/7/14
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    "Erm... Shall we say... Interesting?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ok, at the moment I am on a bit of a Tolkien adventure and was really excited to get this. It doesn't disappoint, it is great, it just isn't quite Tolkien!

    The script is bizarre in places and the performances are uninspiring, however I still really enjoyed this version which is reminiscent of the animated versions of the book from the 1970s. If you only get one version of The Hobbit on audiobook then I recommend the unabridged version instead, however if you enjoy the bizarre then this, now extremely dated version, whilst possibly completely abhorrent to the Tolkien purists is really quite a secret pleasure.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit of a hack job of the whole story, if you still know what is going on by the end then you are doing better than me.


    What three words best describe the narrator’s performance?

    Dated
    Stylised
    Strange


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

    Erm, that bloke from 'The Office' might make a good Bilbo ;-)


    Any additional comments?

    Dare you brave this strange imagining of a classic?

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  • David
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    4/13/13
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    "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.

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  • James
    Barnet, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Darran L. Groves
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "The hobbit"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Earl Shilton, United Kingdom
    1/25/12
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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
  • Amazon Customer
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    3/1/15
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    "Dated"

    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • daveradders
    skelmersdale, United Kingdom
    6/5/13
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    "ummmmmm"

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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G
    United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Mesmerising"

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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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