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The Hobbit (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

The Hobbit (Dramatised)

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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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    Camille Dille QUEEN CREEK, AZ, US 07-01-16
    Camille Dille QUEEN CREEK, AZ, US 07-01-16 Listener Since 2008
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    "this is an awesome narration of the book."

    This is an awesome narration of the book. it's more like you're watching the movie rather than listening to a book.

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    Shannan 06-22-16
    Shannan 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a good version!!"

    I heard a different version of this book years ago & fell in love. It was also a BBC broadcast but this one is not it!! I do not recommend!!

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    Timothy Wayne Newton 03-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Deserves a little better"

    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.

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    Samuel 11-24-15
    Samuel 11-24-15
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    "Good dramatised version."

    Over all a good dramatized version, some to the music and voice acting, goblins and other creatures sadly are a bit annoying at times and hard to understand.

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    Arjun Mullick Newark , NJ 10-27-15
    Arjun Mullick Newark , NJ 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listening to a tolkien"

    I love 'The Hobbit' , enjoy this performance. Thank you Audible for bringing this

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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 Member Since 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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  • Isabella
    Brasilia, Brazil
    9/15/13
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    "Hysterical dwarves!"
    What disappointed you about The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is still fantastic, just hard to follow in this version.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    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
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    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
  • joanna Loutsis
    9/25/15
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/10/15
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    "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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    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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