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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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      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

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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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      Kenzibit Ghana 09-09-12
      Kenzibit Ghana 09-09-12

      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 Member Since 2011
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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.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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      Danielle SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-01-12
      Danielle SEATTLE, WA, United States 08-01-12
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      "A Delightful Indulgence!"
      What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit (Dramatized) the most enjoyable?

      This story was absolutely enjoyable. It's dramatized, so it's not just a person talking to you for hours; there are different voice actors for all the different characters. They all did a wonderful job. There were actually parts that I realized all my muscles were tense from the suspense!


      What did you like best about this story?

      The voice actors make the story extremely entertaining and make it seem so real. You don't want to stop listening when they're in so much danger!


      Which scene was your favorite?

      The scene where Gollum realized that Bilbo Baggins has stolen his "birthday present".... He goes absolutely insane!


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

      It was a very entertaining story.


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Sam Kurtistown, Hi, United States 05-29-12
      Sam Kurtistown, Hi, United States 05-29-12

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      "Expected more"

      I have always loved the hobbit growing up. I saw it on Audible and knew i had to have it. It was nice to have multiple voices for the characters. It was nice to have music and signing interspersed with the reading. It was nice to have sound effects. However, it was distracting and hard to understand the words. Sometimes the speakers were loud, and i had to turn the volume down, other times, it was too soft, and i had to go back and turn it louder. I was amazed at how fast I finished this audible book. I wanted more.

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      msmoo 04-17-12
      msmoo 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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      "Amazing story, not crazy about "dramatized""
      What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

      I LOVE this story.

      However, the "dramatized" part of this audiobook gets difficult to understand at some points. I think my imagination does the best job of "hearing" the sounds and creating the characters. When they put on a goofy voice and add some mood music and sound effects behind it, I get sort of distracted and slightly annoyed. But if that doesn't bother you this is a GREAT recording. Give it a test run.

      I'll probably wait till they have all the undramatized versions out before I finish the series. Or I'll do it the old fashion way with a good ole paperback!


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Jace Orange County, CA – USA 04-06-12
      Jace Orange County, CA – USA 04-06-12 Member Since 2015
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      "Dramatized is an understatement."
      Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

      I'd recommend they find one that isn't so over the top in the acting department. I'd prefer a Jim Dale like voice and read.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

      The battles were great, but the over-acting shadowed a lot of what could have been built in your head.


      What three words best describe An Ensemble Cast’s voice?

      nasally, obnoxious, annoying


      Do you think The Hobbit (Dramatized) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

      it already does :-)


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Aditya Albany, NY 03-27-12
      Aditya Albany, NY 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.


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