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The Hobbit (Dramatized) | [J. R. R. Tolkien]

The Hobbit (Dramatized)

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.
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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 Nowthen, MN, United States 12-31-08
      Bryan Nowthen, MN, United States 12-31-08 Member Since 2014
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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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      "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 10 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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      Benjamin Bethesda, MD, United States 08-22-12
      Benjamin Bethesda, MD, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2012
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      "LOVED IT!"
      Would you listen to The Hobbit (Dramatized) again? Why?

      I enjoyed every minute of this Audiobook. Very very fun.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Bilbo for the win


      Which character – as performed by An Ensemble Cast – was your favorite?

      I liked everyone


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      i liked when the king under the mountain told bilbo he liked the hobbits merry making ways better than the dwarves ways of hoarding gold.


      2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Beth Rock California, USA 01-04-15
      Beth Rock California, USA 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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      "Worst audio EVER!!!!!!!!"

      This audio certainly did not meet my expectations. Sure, dramatized is fun, but these guys cut out a lot of important info that makes the book what it is. The ensemble cast was very nice, but this audiobook should not be presented to someone who has never read "The Hobbit."

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Robert D. Lonack 01-03-15 Member Since 2012

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      "Volume issues"

      Loved the story, but the volume would shift drastically at points to where hearing the words required volume adjustment. Also, the singing was not the best. But it was still exciting and entertaining.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer 12-21-14 Member Since 2013
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      "Excellent listen for our family road trip"

      I have always loved this book and or entire family enjoyed listening to this version in the car on a very long trip.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Rebecca 10-23-14
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      "Childhood favorite"
      If you could sum up The Hobbit (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

      Fun, sticks to the original, sometimes confusing


      What did you like best about this story?

      They managed to get to the heart of Tolkien's story--a story about adventure and courage and learning what matters most


      What about An Ensemble Cast’s performance did you like?

      It was easy to picture the action.


      If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

      ummm, hasn't this already happened!?


      Any additional comments?

      Many of the voices were a little too similar to other voices, so it wasn't always easy to keep track of which character was talking---even with a strong familiarity with the story.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer 05-03-14
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      "A Wonderful Dramatization"
      What did you love best about The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

      I love this dramatization because I feel it captures the moods of the story very well.


      What did you like best about this story?

      The music was perfect for each scene, making me feel like I was really there.


      What does An Ensemble Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      The different personalities and attitudes of the characters. I am rather black/white and dramatization helps me to see characters in new ways and helps me consider them better.


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      The music for Imladris really makes me want to go there myself, along with the simple explanation that painted such a beautiful picture.


      Any additional comments?

      A wonderful dramatization all in all. Yes, there are a few things I would have done differently, but I love this dramatization and listen to it again and again. If you can let go of your hard and fast notions about Middle-Earth (yours truly), this production will take you on a wonderful journey.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Ati2ude Albany, Oregon 02-04-14
      Ati2ude Albany, Oregon 02-04-14
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      "Should of left it how i remembered it"
      Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

      Not really. I remember the book being alot better then this.


      Would you recommend The Hobbit (Dramatized) to your friends? Why or why not?

      no. its better as a read


      Was The Hobbit (Dramatized) worth the listening time?

      no


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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