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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
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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.

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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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      Andrew Wolford HUSTLE, VIRGINIA, US 06-18-15
      Andrew Wolford HUSTLE, VIRGINIA, US 06-18-15 Member Since 2015
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      "Classic."

      An entertaining performance of a truly classic story. Recommend highly. Also, pay attention when purchasing that this is not an unabridged reading. It is a dramatization.

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      Dani0137 05-22-15
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      This was a great story... and great dramatization. I enjoyed this almost as much as the movie.

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      "Wonderful!"

      This is a great listen. It might not be Professor Tolkien' s word for word but it is totally the intent of his story. The cast is is terrific.

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      rosella 05-17-15
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      "middle-earth"

      I had forgotten so many of the adventures. it was easy to slip back to middle-earth. being able to listen was enjoyable.

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      Jorge L. Morales Nazario 05-09-15
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      "The most definite classic"

      A delightful version. I so much rather enjoy the dramatized than the regular version. Great to just sit, lay down, and enjoy with eyes closed. Love it.

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      fabricio 04-28-15
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      "A story for ages to come"

      Not only am I a fan of the cinematic masterpiece is that were made but it's always nice to hit different versions of how this time this story are the Pickton I will always be a fan of this .

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      L. Taylor Chicago, IL 04-10-15
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      "Leaves much to be desired"
      What disappointed you about The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

      They skip over everything that isn't dialogue, including important exposition and descriptions of places and people. It's very hard to follow, even if you know the story very well, as I do.


      What did you like best about this story?

      It's a classic. I have always loved the adventure and action with bits of quiet. It's a realistic look at what the journey would have actually been like, including the tedious moments of waiting and walking. The dialogue is clever and witty.


      What didn’t you like about An Ensemble Cast’s performance?

      It was very difficult to distinguish between characters. Many of the actors have similar timbres to their voices, and the voice of Thorin is very annoying.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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