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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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      Aditya Piscataway, New Jersey, United States 03-27-12
      Aditya Piscataway, New Jersey, United States 03-27-12
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      "Amazing"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      Amazing story telling and fantastically dramatized


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Gandalf's character was perfect.


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

      Gandalf's character was perfect.


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

      beginning of the book, where bilbo is sitting on a porch and having his pipe.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Robert Sarasota, FL, United States 01-19-12
      Robert Sarasota, FL, United States 01-19-12
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      "Decent interpretation"
      What did you love best about The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

      The sound effects n voices were excellent.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      No favorite...all were carried off well.


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

      Nothing ...reading still allows for your own imagination to flourish.


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

      No


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Phillip Flint, MI, United States 01-12-12
      Phillip Flint, MI, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2010
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      "Good read overall."
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      Yes, the dramatization makes the story come alive.


      What other book might you compare The Hobbit (Dramatized) to and why?

      This was the first one read this way. Will be doing the Lord of the Rings next.


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

      Gandolf


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      No extreme reaction. It's nice to read a book without all of the profanity and other harsh language.


      Any additional comments?

      Some of the characters were hard to understand at times making it difficult to follow the story line.

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      Chris ARLINGTON, TEXAS, United States 11-14-11
      Chris ARLINGTON, TEXAS, United States 11-14-11
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      "Must listen"

      This is one of my fav books overall and my fav audible book. It is done well and I think Tolkien would approve! I've heard other audiobooks of the hobbit and they don't compare to this one at all!

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      Cindy HINESVILLE, GA, United States 10-18-11
      Cindy HINESVILLE, GA, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2011
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      "Horrible rendition of the hobbit"

      I have heard the British version of the Hobbit and thought this was it. Didn't read that it was American until it was too late. A waste!

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Judy from Upstate BALDWINSVILLE, NEW YORK, United States 08-20-11
      Judy from Upstate BALDWINSVILLE, NEW YORK, United States 08-20-11

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      "Beware! Not the book."

      This is not a reading of the book. This is like going to a play and keeping your eyes closed. We had no idea who was speaking, the setting, varying volumes of speech, etc. We stopped after 20 minutes, completely lost and disappointed as we were starting a long car ride.

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      Kristina Leominster, MA, United States 08-13-11
      Kristina Leominster, MA, United States 08-13-11

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      "Hobbit was fun to listen to"

      We downloaded the Hobbit onto my MP3 player to take with us on a long drive. Unfortunately, we didn't get to listen to all of it, but what we did get to hear was very entertaining. The "dramatization" was what made it so fun. It was like listening to a play as opposed to someone just reading the book. There were different actors playing the parts and background sound affects.

      The only drawback was that we couldn't seem to go to different chapters, but maybe that was a fault of the MP3 player--I don't know.

      All in all, a good experience.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Robert Palm Bay, FL, United States 08-05-11
      Robert Palm Bay, FL, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2007
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      "The Worst"

      Not just bad but THE WORST!!!
      I know this is a classic but they slaughtered it.

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      Kathy Scottsdale, AZ, United States 07-23-11
      Kathy Scottsdale, AZ, United States 07-23-11
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      "Excellent; except it's abridged"

      I enjoyed every minute; it's just too little of it because it's abridged. I cannot imagine why anyone would create an abridged version of such a beloved classic.

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      hopefully helpful Michigan 03-12-11
      hopefully helpful Michigan 03-12-11 Member Since 2009

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      "Fawlty Towers"

      My husband and I were listening to this as we drove through New Zealand on a recent vacation. Not even the beautiful scenery was enough to distract from the terrible acting of the character of the main dwarf (forgot the character's name). If you've ever seen the Fawlty Towers episode with the American who wants a Waldorf salad (absolutely hilarious) you'll be able to imagine the sound. I thought it might even be the same actor. Fine for the part of an obnoxious American, but not for a dwarf in Hobbit land. Just awful!

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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