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.
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First of all I'm a fan of the books and the movies. Get any other version.
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.
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.
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.
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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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?
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.
a narrator rather than 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
I enjoy the music though some of it is repetitive, and I enjoy Bilbo joining in conversation with the Narrator.
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
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.
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.
I love this story, I have read it before, this version is not a great representation of the actual book.
No I would not
This is going to be a movie, and I am excited to see it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would have hired a competant sound mixer
We only got a hour in and couldn't bare to finish it,
Amazing audiobook, captures the whole feel of the story . Very adventurous and exciting read.
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