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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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      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.

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      Gwen 12-17-15
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      "barely audible"
      Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

      Love this classic story, but the audio recording is very poor and I could barely make out the words.


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      David 10-27-15
      David 10-27-15 Listener Since 2010
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      "it's a really good book."

      I liked it. kept me listing till the very end. I'm getting the rest for sure

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      Nadia Fisher Connecticut 09-25-15
      Nadia Fisher Connecticut 09-25-15 Member Since 2017
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      "Terrible"
      Is there anything you would change about this book?

      This is a fantastic story written by one of the best ENGLISH writers ever. This AMERICAN dramatization lacks every nuance and mastery of the original wording and language it was written in. And, Thorin - never in all my readings of this book (which are many) did I ever imagine Thorin to sound like Peter Fonda a la War and Peace. The actor, while likely fine in other roles - maybe a western?, has no affinity for the story or the character. And, he lacks any finesse in his tongue to wrap himself around the proper pronunciation of many of Tollkien's well-named places, characters or the elven or dwarfish words. In his mouth; words, the character, and the story actually sound painful to the ear (you know they are painful for him to say). The character sounds lazy and bored. And Thorin is neither; he's likely the most complex character in the book as he wrestles with his own pride, his affections for his fellow travelers, and what it means to lead this group. And, Bilbo, rather than sounding mostly innocent, ends up just sounding like an idiot. This could have been so good with the right cast - with an all-british cast. Instead, it's horrible and really not worth the money.


      What did you like best about this story?

      Tolkien's original story. Read that, you'll get more out it.


      Who would you have cast as narrator instead of An Ensemble Cast?

      Ben Kingsley, Hugo Weaving, Dan Stevens


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

      NO - No please, not with this ensemble cast; please don't make anyone else suffer through this again. If you create a follow-up book or Hobbit with an ensemble cast, make sure it's an all-British cast that's been classically trained. One that can pronounce names and places correctly and that understands the evolution of these characters and brings that to the reading and their voices. Most American's really lack the finesse in language to tackle most English or foreign readings - we just aren't trained that way. And leave all Peter Fonda wannabes and sound-alikes out. That has it's own place and it's not in Tolkien.


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      Allen C. 09-08-15
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      "Don't do it"

      Dramatization ruins it the story is a classic losses a lot and the story moves MUCH slower as performed

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      Andrew Wolford 06-18-15
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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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      "great book"

      This was a great story... and great dramatization. I enjoyed this almost as much as the movie.

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      Carol A Benson 05-17-15 Member Since 2010
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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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      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
      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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