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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The majority of the characters are so overacted that you can't even follow what they are saying. One sounded like he had a mouthful of crackers and he was half-spitting/half-choking on them -- never understood his dialogue. Inconsistent sound levels made it difficult for listening in the car: harsh, loud, piercing music followed by mumbled, indistinct dialogue followed by screeching treble-cracking voices. Kids enjoyed it, but felt we missed quite a bit of the cleverness of the writing and having to constantly manage the volume was annoying.
Its a wonderful performance. Very well done. Sucks you into the story.
The sound effects make it great. Makes you feel like your there.
Bilbo's character was excellent. He even sounded like the person from the recently released movie which made it even better.
Listening to the Hobbit took me back to my childhood when my father and I would read aloud and act out the voices. It is hard to compare audio to print as I love the feel of a book in my hands, I will say that I felt very much involved in the story as I listened to it unfold.
Gandalf has always been my favorite character. He has the uncanny ability to encourage the characters to push past their comfort zones to do his bidding; while they feel like it is completely of their own volition.
The narration does match the pace of the story, which as we all know about Tolkein is frenzied at times and incredibly, heart achingly slow at others. The narration seems to pace the story as it was written to be read.
I have fallen asleep many times listening to this story, and always wake up from strange dreams to the voice of Golum. I might not suggest as a "bedtime story" if you are a light sleeper.
I should have read more closely. This isn't a dramatized reading of the book, it's a radio play production, featuring a handful of voices (some of whom couldn't be bothered to stand near the mic) that was physically painful to endure.
I'm clearly stating only my own opinion, but I hated this. I couldn't understand much of what was said, I couldn't follow the story, I couldn't even finish. Probably the worst audiobook I've ever heard.
I love the story. I have read and listened to and watched other versions and I never seem to get tired of the story.
This version was simply lacking. I didn't care for the voices and general presentation. I much prefer the unabridged reading over this dramatization version.
Nothing. This version is terrible.
It's not the story. This is the worst version I've overheard! Save your money!
The performance was a combination of Southern Drawl..Disney's Goofy...The Chipmunks....English Gentleman....terrible.
Very disappointed :(
I did not like the way some of the characters were portrayed by the narrator
saddness because I loved reading the books years ago and this was not what was expected
more consideration needs to be given to who is chosen to narrate
this is my first
Would suggest to listen to both dramatization and unabridge to see what you like best. Dramatization is much shorter
Did not know what dramatized was when buying the audio book.. Do not regret it though. Very good purchase
I never eat a cracked egg!
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.
It's a nice story but really didn't enjoy it as I expected. Narration wasn't bad though.
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