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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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    Robert Invermere, British Columbia, Canada 03-20-12
    Robert Invermere, British Columbia, Canada 03-20-12
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    "Terrible sound quality"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or the narrator?

    The dramatisation kills this. SO much background noise you can't hear or understand the person talking. Very poorly done by the BBC. I expected much much more.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

    The dramatisation was terrible. The main problem was the mixing of the background sounds with the foreground speaker. The foreground is a blur. IF you concentrate in a quiet place you might be able to follow it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

    I would have hired a competant sound mixer


    Any additional comments?

    We only got a hour in and couldn't bare to finish it,

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    Bill United States 02-10-12
    Bill United States 02-10-12
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    "Hard to listen to"
    What would have made The Hobbit (Dramatised) better?

    The audio in this dramatization is incredibly muddled and of poor quality compared to anything recorded an mixed recently.


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    Lexi FLAGSTAFF, AZ, United States 01-24-12
    Lexi FLAGSTAFF, AZ, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Hard to hear"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I recommend this audio performance only because there aren't any better alternatives.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The audio is so dramatised that it is hard to hear sometimes and the other noises for dramatic effect are really loud and distracting.


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    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 10-07-11
    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "entertaining"

    This was quite entertaining with all the music and sound effects. I enjoyed it. I like reading the book better but this was a refreshing change.

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    Julia east alton, il, United States 08-29-11
    Julia east alton, il, United States 08-29-11
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    "Abridged, sadly"

    I paid $16 for the only copy of The Hobbit that I could find online. I got it for a class to listen to as they read along. Sadly, this was wasted money since the very first sentance and most of the rest of the book skipps around horribly. :(

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    John Andover, MA, United States 07-10-11
    John Andover, MA, United States 07-10-11
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    "Not the Best"

    Having read the book, I know the story. Though I appreciate the production and voice talent, for me it didn't deliver. I found the voices or characterizations difficult to follow.

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    Felicity Brisbane, Australia 05-23-11
    Felicity Brisbane, Australia 05-23-11
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    "Difficult to follow"

    I have read the book many years ago, so I am familiar with the story. Despite this I found it difficult to follow the story. The volumn changed dramtically and voices were not always clear or easy to follow.

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    bob 04-17-11
    bob 04-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but Not the Best Either"

    It good but I thought the actors and there editing was rather poor. I heard LOTR from the BBC before listing to this one. The actors in LOTR came across clear and easy to hear. In the Hobbit's case, they talked over each other and it was hard to clearly understand what is said. I think this version is good but it could have been a lot better.

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    Love reading 11-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not what I was looking for......"

    Dramatized versions are difficult at best. This version of The Hobbit illustrates that point. It was very noisy and cumbersome to listen to. I had to get the CD version of the audio book in order to share the tale with my 9 year old son. Rob Ingles' unabridged version is excellent and my son enjoyed it as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 03-06-10
    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 03-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A timeless classic with voice"

    I came into this adaptaion of the Hobbit knowing little of the world of middle-earth and I was hooked in an instant! What made this books come to life was the way the actors perfectly protrayed their characters in a spot on performance of the tale of a Hobbit named Bilbo who learns to rise above his lowly charcater and win back treasure for dwarves and a wizard named Gandolf on one of the greatest adventures of his life. I was never much into Lord of the Rings (a little to rpic for my taste) but this book was perfect for being more lighthearted but still fun and adventurous, I strongly recomend you download this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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