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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 Nowthen, MN, United States 12-31-08
      Bryan Nowthen, MN, United States 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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      Al 06-08-16
      Al 06-08-16 Member Since 2015
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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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      thekatman 05-14-16
      thekatman 05-14-16 Member Since 2012
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      "i hate dramatized stories."

      i really hate it when stories are done like this they leave so much out and add to much of their own interpretation into it.

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      Thaddeus 04-23-16
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      "A family favorite"

      I listened to this on tape when I was a boy and am so happy to have it on audible.

      It's abridged, obviously, but touches on the major plot points of The Hobbit.

      As an adult, I'm more aware of the actors being reused for different voices, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

      For my money, the Gollum in this recording is the definitive rendition.

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      Ron5000 04-22-16
      Ron5000 04-22-16
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      "Great story"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      Family friendly. Great for kids, still. A timeless book. Not too long to loose interest.


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      Leah 04-10-16
      Leah 04-10-16
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      "good book!"

      sometimes it was hard to understand the actors cuz they were talking 8n strong accents

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      Dan Powers 03-07-16
      Dan Powers 03-07-16
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      "Powerful voice acting"

      The narration and numerous voice actors make this a compelling listen. It is abridged, but delivered in a classic radio drama style with sound effects. Great for a road trip.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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