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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It's a nice story but really didn't enjoy it as I expected. Narration wasn't bad though.
no, too much going on. a single narrator would be better.
the story itself.
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.
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!
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!
The scene where Gollum realized that Bilbo Baggins has stolen his "birthday present".... He goes absolutely insane!
It was a very entertaining story.
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.
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!
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.
The battles were great, but the over-acting shadowed a lot of what could have been built in your head.
nasally, obnoxious, annoying
it already does :-)
Amazing story telling and fantastically dramatized
Gandalf's character was perfect.
Gandalf's character was perfect.
beginning of the book, where bilbo is sitting on a porch and having his pipe.
The sound effects n voices were excellent.
No favorite...all were carried off well.
Nothing ...reading still allows for your own imagination to flourish.
Yes, the dramatization makes the story come alive.
This was the first one read this way. Will be doing the Lord of the Rings next.
No extreme reaction. It's nice to read a book without all of the profanity and other harsh language.
Some of the characters were hard to understand at times making it difficult to follow the story line.
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