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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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,
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.
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. :(
"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.
"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.
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
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!
The story itself is still fantastic, just hard to follow in this version.
"Tolkien at his best"
What a great radio play loved the voices and story, Soon be the movie!!!!
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.
"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.
"Ask us any question the hobbits likes"
"Yes, yes whats in my pocket"
Best first book I could ever of purchased.
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!
"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.
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