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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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      Greg R. Charlotte, NC 04-24-13
      Greg R. Charlotte, NC 04-24-13 Member Since 2013
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      "Wonderful!"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      Its a wonderful performance. Very well done. Sucks you into the story.


      What did you like best about this story?

      The sound effects make it great. Makes you feel like your there.


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

      Bilbo's character was excellent. He even sounded like the person from the recently released movie which made it even better.


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      Amazon Customer Calistoga, CA, United States 03-05-13
      Amazon Customer Calistoga, CA, United States 03-05-13
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      "Back to my childhood"
      Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit (Dramatized) to be better than the print version?

      Listening to the Hobbit took me back to my childhood when my father and I would read aloud and act out the voices. It is hard to compare audio to print as I love the feel of a book in my hands, I will say that I felt very much involved in the story as I listened to it unfold.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Gandalf has always been my favorite character. He has the uncanny ability to encourage the characters to push past their comfort zones to do his bidding; while they feel like it is completely of their own volition.


      Did the narration match the pace of the story?

      The narration does match the pace of the story, which as we all know about Tolkein is frenzied at times and incredibly, heart achingly slow at others. The narration seems to pace the story as it was written to be read.


      Any additional comments?

      I have fallen asleep many times listening to this story, and always wake up from strange dreams to the voice of Golum. I might not suggest as a "bedtime story" if you are a light sleeper.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      P. Malan UT, USA 02-04-13
      P. Malan UT, USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2008
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      "Almost unbearable"

      I should have read more closely. This isn't a dramatized reading of the book, it's a radio play production, featuring a handful of voices (some of whom couldn't be bothered to stand near the mic) that was physically painful to endure.

      I'm clearly stating only my own opinion, but I hated this. I couldn't understand much of what was said, I couldn't follow the story, I couldn't even finish. Probably the worst audiobook I've ever heard.

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      Glenn United States 01-27-13
      Glenn United States 01-27-13
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      "It just seems a bit off"
      What did you like best about The Hobbit (Dramatized)? What did you like least?

      I love the story. I have read and listened to and watched other versions and I never seem to get tired of the story.


      What did you like best about this story?

      This version was simply lacking. I didn't care for the voices and general presentation. I much prefer the unabridged reading over this dramatization version.


      Would you be willing to try another one of An Ensemble Cast’s performances?

      Yes


      Could you see The Hobbit (Dramatized) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

      No


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      Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 12-22-12
      Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 12-22-12
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      "Worst version!!"
      What would have made The Hobbit (Dramatized) better?

      Nothing. This version is terrible.


      Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. R. Tolkien again?

      It's not the story. This is the worst version I've overheard! Save your money!


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

      The performance was a combination of Southern Drawl..Disney's Goofy...The Chipmunks....English Gentleman....terrible.


      What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

      Very disappointed :(


      Any additional comments?

      Very Bad

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Carol Saint James, New York, United States 11-18-12
      Carol Saint James, New York, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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      "need a new narrator"
      What disappointed you about The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

      I did not like the way some of the characters were portrayed by the narrator


      How could the performance have been better?

      better dramatization


      What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

      saddness because I loved reading the books years ago and this was not what was expected


      Any additional comments?

      more consideration needs to be given to who is chosen to narrate

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      ryan CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-01-12
      ryan CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-01-12
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      "Dramatized"
      What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

      Did not know what dramatized was when buying the audio book.. Do not regret it though. Very good purchase


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Cmon...


      Have you listened to any of An Ensemble Cast’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

      Nope


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

      I never eat a cracked egg!


      Any additional comments?

      Hell yea

      1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Kenzibit Ghana 09-09-12
      Kenzibit Ghana 09-09-12 Member Since 2015

      Research Technologist with deep interests in Host Cell - Pathogen Interactions & Cancer Research. I enjoy and mostly listen to Non-Fiction audiobooks on Medicine/Science, War and History. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.

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      "Not as fun as I thought."
      Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or An Ensemble Cast?

      It's a nice story but really didn't enjoy it as I expected. Narration wasn't bad though.


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      ADRIAN marietta, GA, United States 09-03-12
      ADRIAN marietta, GA, United States 09-03-12
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      "kind of distracting if your driving"
      Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

      no, too much going on. a single narrator would be better.


      What did you like best about this story?

      the story itself.


      Would you listen to another book narrated by An Ensemble Cast?

      no.


      Did The Hobbit (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

      no.


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      martha Rochester, WA, United States 09-02-12
      martha Rochester, WA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2009
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      "I wish they would just do an unabridged version"
      Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

      I would only recommend this for someone who has not actually read the full book. I am sure that they did the best they could but as always with abridged and dramatized versions a lot of what you are looking forward to hearing is not there. It is the best for what it is and is a great way to introduce this story to new audiences.


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