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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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      L. Taylor Chicago, IL 04-10-15
      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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      Paul 03-19-15
      Paul 03-19-15
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      "Amazing!"

      Anyone who wants a quick and more interesting version should try this. It was just like the narnia and chronicles stories I used too listen to as a kid. The narrators were great!

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      annie 02-10-15
      annie 02-10-15 Member Since 2014
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      "Dramatized"

      Great book I liked it dramatized better thAn just regular and I also liked the side noises bird,and the creaky doors.

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      Robert Johnston 01-26-15
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      "Like watching the movie!"

      I really loved the dramatized version. Reminds me of the old radio programs. Granted I'm to young to have seen any. Can't wait to hear more!

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      Beth Rock California, USA 01-04-15
      Beth Rock California, USA 01-04-15 Member Since 2014
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      "Worst audio EVER!!!!!!!!"

      This audio certainly did not meet my expectations. Sure, dramatized is fun, but these guys cut out a lot of important info that makes the book what it is. The ensemble cast was very nice, but this audiobook should not be presented to someone who has never read "The Hobbit."

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      Robert D. Lonack 01-03-15 Member Since 2012

      Hell Dude

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      "Volume issues"

      Loved the story, but the volume would shift drastically at points to where hearing the words required volume adjustment. Also, the singing was not the best. But it was still exciting and entertaining.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer 12-21-14 Member Since 2013
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      "Excellent listen for our family road trip"

      I have always loved this book and or entire family enjoyed listening to this version in the car on a very long trip.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Rebecca 10-23-14
      Rebecca 10-23-14
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      "Childhood favorite"
      If you could sum up The Hobbit (Dramatized) in three words, what would they be?

      Fun, sticks to the original, sometimes confusing


      What did you like best about this story?

      They managed to get to the heart of Tolkien's story--a story about adventure and courage and learning what matters most


      What about An Ensemble Cast’s performance did you like?

      It was easy to picture the action.


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

      ummm, hasn't this already happened!?


      Any additional comments?

      Many of the voices were a little too similar to other voices, so it wasn't always easy to keep track of which character was talking---even with a strong familiarity with the story.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer 05-03-14
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      "A Wonderful Dramatization"
      What did you love best about The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

      I love this dramatization because I feel it captures the moods of the story very well.


      What did you like best about this story?

      The music was perfect for each scene, making me feel like I was really there.


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

      The different personalities and attitudes of the characters. I am rather black/white and dramatization helps me to see characters in new ways and helps me consider them better.


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

      The music for Imladris really makes me want to go there myself, along with the simple explanation that painted such a beautiful picture.


      Any additional comments?

      A wonderful dramatization all in all. Yes, there are a few things I would have done differently, but I love this dramatization and listen to it again and again. If you can let go of your hard and fast notions about Middle-Earth (yours truly), this production will take you on a wonderful journey.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer Albany, Oregon 02-04-14
      Amazon Customer Albany, Oregon 02-04-14 Member Since 2016
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      "Should of left it how i remembered it"
      Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

      Not really. I remember the book being alot better then this.


      Would you recommend The Hobbit (Dramatized) to your friends? Why or why not?

      no. its better as a read


      Was The Hobbit (Dramatized) worth the listening time?

      no


      0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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