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The Hobbit (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

The Hobbit (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the original American full dramatization of The Hobbit, as broadcast on National Public Radio.

Bilbo Baggins, a gentle hobbit who loves the comforts of home, reluctantly joins a company of dwarves on a journey to recover plundered gold from a fierce dragon. It's a tale of high adventure and astonishing courage, and a magical prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

They're precious! Listen to all of our classic NPR dramatizations of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series:

  • The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatized)
  • The Two Towers (Dramatized)
  • The Return of the King (Dramatized)

    © The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; (P)1979, 1994 HighBridge Company

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      Bryan 12-31-08
      Bryan 12-31-08
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      "Pretty good"

      The story is great, of course, but the music is not, and the narration is tough to hear at times.

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      Susan Cardiff, CA, USA 08-08-07
      Susan Cardiff, CA, USA 08-08-07
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      "Levi age 10"

      This drama sensation is different from the book because you don't need to say "he said" even though, I liked it. It makes the story more interesting with the music. It was great.

      3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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      Sharon 10-31-07
      Sharon 10-31-07
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      "Great Classic-Bad Production"

      I loved the story, but the dramatazation was horrible. I would have rather just had it read. I had to fast forward it sometimes especially through the dragon part to keep from laughing!

      7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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      James Mogen Frederic, WI, US 08-21-16
      James Mogen Frederic, WI, US 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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      "Guess I like the book better"

      Of course, Hobbit is a classic and a must-read. The radio performance is great. Nevertheless, the dramatization is not as good as the book. My bad.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer Lafitte, Louisiana 08-12-16
      Amazon Customer Lafitte, Louisiana 08-12-16

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      "So-so."

      It was pretty good, but some parts felt either over-acted or under-acted, voices didn't fit, like the actor playing Elrond. Who would have known the half elf was a crotchety old hill billy who only read his lines off a teleprompter right there in the first take. also a LOT of elf male parts were performed by women. Meh.

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      john 08-05-16
      john 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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      "I thought this was a full version"

      this is a nice reenactment, but not worth since it isn't the full book being read, and since I found it online, after buying it, for free

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      escoocoo 07-22-16
      escoocoo 07-22-16 Member Since 2016
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      "WELL DONE!"

      Very well done and entertaining dramatization of this beloved story. Never read the book so this is my first exposure to the story, but it was quite good. If you are looking for a "short" listen, I would recommend it!
      One caution: keep some tissues nearby as you may tear up toward the end (I did!).

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      ner_do_well 07-16-16
      ner_do_well 07-16-16

      I actually got 'helpful' votes?

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      "Pretty bad"

      The story has been edited badly which makes it downright dull.
      The "dramatization" really leaves something to be desired. Sadly it is also on the dull side.
      The killer is the incidental music. It made it all worse.
      There is another dramatization of this on Audible, go for that one instead.

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      Al 06-08-16
      Al 06-08-16
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      "Boo!"

      The entire time I was listening to this I just kept thinking about how much more enjoyable it would be if I just read the actual book. I do not recommend this one bit.

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      Lawrence McColl 05-17-16 Member Since 2016
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      "What a joy"

      Fantastically wonderful, stunningly excellent, sensationally vivid!!! would recommend to any in all who wished it have their imaginations I gloriously colored!

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