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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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,
The audio in this dramatization is incredibly muddled and of poor quality compared to anything recorded an mixed recently.
I recommend this audio performance only because there aren't any better alternatives.
The audio is so dramatised that it is hard to hear sometimes and the other noises for dramatic effect are really loud and distracting.
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.
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. :(
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.
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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