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The Hobbit (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

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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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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    Liss 11-04-12
    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Kindle Customer 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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 01-24-12
    Lexi 01-24-12 Member Since 2015
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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 10-07-11
    Shirley 10-07-11
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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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  • Jonathan
    Bexleyheath, Kent, United Kingdom
    9/27/10
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    "Magic that will not Disappoint"

    While I concede that if you listen to, the truly wonderful, LOTR play before this as the earlier reviewer has you may be surprised at the different style and tone of the play. But I think the disappointment as he put it, may have clouded the plays many excellent qualities and caused him understandably, to be a too hash in his condemnation of this version of the book. The book of The Hobbit is not LOTR, it is children?s book, much lighter in tone but full of high drama for a young child and so wonderful tongue in cheek material for adults too but not as dark, serious and compelling as the later work, so the plays are naturally different and the way they are dramatized has rightly has to be different also (plus we must note they this was produced in 1968 and the LOTR produced in 1981 so the quality and technology is going to have improved) I had this play on tape as a child and wore it out, long before I fell in love with the written works of Tolkien and for the child then and the adult now, the eagle?s screaming voices came straight from the beaks of birds, the elves ululating tones made it clear they were from distant and higher & magical race, the music and actors seemed perfect for their places in this play, Gandalf is not the great Michael Hordern but he fits a friendly yet sinister guide who although he prove true at the end I never truly trusted of understood till the later books, just right for a wizard I think. Lastly the joint, mixed up and overleaping narration of Bilbo and a Tolkienesce narrator makes for a comforting friend in Bilbo that children can trust and rely on in later years. Too much to credit a children?s play with? I don?t this so! You?re kids need the Hobbit in their lives.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun
    LARNE, United Kingdom
    11/21/12
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    "The Hobbit"

    Having never read this book, I have found this version easy to follow and understand. To be able to laugh along with the characters has brightened my day

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • adam
    4/16/15
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    "Nostalgia"

    The best dramatised version of the hobbit ever!

    Wore my tapes out when I was young! So glad I found it again!

    If you can't decide which version to go for this is the one!

    R.I.P Ears

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lee John Elliott
    7/19/15
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    ""TRULY AWESOME""

    "Ask us any question the hobbits likes"

    "Yes, yes whats in my pocket"

    "It's fingers"

    Best first book I could ever of purchased.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    DERBY, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A little dated..."

    If you want a dramatised version of The Hobbit then simply put you can't go much wrong with this one. However if you wanted a dramatised version that didn't have dodgy singing, dated sound effects, sometimes confusing dialogue and a little too much old fashioned pomposity then you might want to look elsewhere or wait.



    Kids love it, adults may suffer from occasional bouts of reality as they cringe.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Perth, Perthshire, United Kingdom
    11/2/10
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    "Tolkien at his best"

    What a great radio play loved the voices and story, Soon be the movie!!!!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    1/12/09
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    "Disappointing"

    I love the BBC dramatisation of 'Lord of the Rings' with Michael Hordern as Gandalf and thought it would be good to 'complete' the story by purchasing their version of 'The Hobbit', which was, I regret, a great mistake. I do not personally respond to the voicing of many of the characters - too much school of funny voices for my taste; the goblins, wargs, eagles, wood elves etc are all electronically filtered and remind me of daleks (sic). Also, I find the odd pronunciation of many of the names (garn-delf etc.) difficult to accept. The final thing I would flag up is the fact that the 'episodes' have not been edited together so approximately a minute of each is repeated after play out/play in music. Not recommended.

    12 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    5/16/16
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    "Fantastic"

    The Story has you on edge throughout. What an amazing execution. Loved it, Thank you. Tolkien is my all time favourite. The Narrator delivered a perfect Story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highlight
    United Kingdom
    2/6/15
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    "Excellence With a Difference"

    I am not a Tolkien reader but have watched the films (who has not) Just wanted something out of my comfort zone for those odd days. This is very different from the commercial Tolkien productions even one or two little songs included, but quite enjoyable if not a little old fashioned. Nice to have in my collection & will listen when those days strike.

    Full cast well acted with excellent soundtrack adding the Tolkien atmosphere. The few bits of singing is not my thing but it is so well done it goes down well with this style of production.

    Glad I bought it, will listen again. Not sure that the modern Tolkiener's will appreciate this style, bit if I was a Tolkiener, I would add it to my collection for variance & for something different.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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