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The Hobbit (Dramatised) Radio/TV Program

The Hobbit (Dramatised)

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Publisher's Summary

The radio dramatisation of The Hobbit became a classic when it was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1968 and it continues to delight today.

Tolkien's famous saga, the prelude to the Lord of the Rings, has all the ingredients of fantasy and adventure: dwarves, elves, goblins and trolls, a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and a dramatic climax. At the centre is the unsuspecting hero Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving unambitious Hobbit who is suddenly thrust into the biggest, indeed the only adventure of his life.

© and (P)1988, 1994, 1997, 2002 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    Sarah Breton, AB, Canada 07-31-17
    Sarah Breton, AB, Canada 07-31-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Horrible Production of a Wonderful Book"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or uncredited?

    I have loved all books based in Middle Earth that I have read, but this was perhaps a bad idea, dramatizing in book form and trying to make it like a movie. I know know what blind people must go through while just "listening" to a movie with a lot of characters, and just noise!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too much going on all at once. There were too many voices all talking at once. I only got an hour in, was hopelessly confused. I LOVED THE HOBBIT! This was a horrible idea!


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    Christina Eddt Golden, Co United States 07-10-17
    Christina Eddt Golden, Co United States 07-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a good rendition"

    The performance is poor especially charters that are animals or villains. There voices were grating and unintelligible. I do not recommend.

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    Stephen C. Greeley 05-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The beginning"

    This is how it all began. Well worth reading. You won't regret it. Go Bilbo.

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    angela 03-23-17
    angela 03-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "great story"

    enjoyed this telling of this great tale. some of the creature voices I did not like very much

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    InfiniteRider Los Angeles, CA United States 11-19-16
    InfiniteRider Los Angeles, CA United States 11-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    This was incredibly fun and enjoyable! I finished Rob Inglis' unabridged reading, which I loved, but still wanted to linger in the world, so I tried this version out. It was fun and I fell in love with Bilbo and the dwarves all over again. I loved the little additions, the atmosphere, Bilbo's constant questions. Too fun! My only issue was the pronunciation of Thorin's name, it threw me off. But I loved it so much I can't deduct any stars. Great great great!

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best audio adaptation I've ever heard"

    This is by far the best audio adaptation of The Hobbit I've ever heard. The narration is done (seemingly) by Professor Tolkien and Bilbo Baggins, and the background score is performed on Medieval/Renaissance era instruments. Recommended for fans of fantasy and Medieval fiction.

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    Tom 08-31-16
    Tom 08-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Hobbit"

    The cast did an excellent job in performing the reading of The Hobbit! The story was well read with effects to add character to the story.

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    Camille Dille QUEEN CREEK, AZ, US 07-01-16
    Camille Dille QUEEN CREEK, AZ, US 07-01-16 Listener Since 2008
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    "this is an awesome narration of the book."

    This is an awesome narration of the book. it's more like you're watching the movie rather than listening to a book.

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    Samuel 11-24-15
    Samuel 11-24-15
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    "Good dramatised version."

    Over all a good dramatized version, some to the music and voice acting, goblins and other creatures sadly are a bit annoying at times and hard to understand.

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    Arjun Mullick Newark , NJ 10-27-15
    Arjun Mullick Newark , NJ 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listening to a tolkien"

    I love 'The Hobbit' , enjoy this performance. Thank you Audible for bringing this

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  • Highlight
    United Kingdom
    2/6/15
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    "Excellence With a Difference"

    I am not a Tolkien reader but have watched the films (who has not) Just wanted something out of my comfort zone for those odd days. This is very different from the commercial Tolkien productions even one or two little songs included, but quite enjoyable if not a little old fashioned. Nice to have in my collection & will listen when those days strike.

    Full cast well acted with excellent soundtrack adding the Tolkien atmosphere. The few bits of singing is not my thing but it is so well done it goes down well with this style of production.

    Glad I bought it, will listen again. Not sure that the modern Tolkiener's will appreciate this style, bit if I was a Tolkiener, I would add it to my collection for variance & for something different.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Isabella
    Brasilia, Brazil
    9/15/13
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    "Hysterical dwarves!"
    What disappointed you about The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

    This is a messy and noisy dramatisation. Bilbo, Gandalf and even the dwarves sound hysterical. I often had to turn it down or simply skip forward when decide to sing, scream or talk at the same time. Not even 4 hours and I couldn't finish this book. It was getting on my nerves! It was also hard to distinguish the voices of the characters. If I didn't know the story so well, I would end thinking that there are two dwarves max in the trip, that they all think the same, that Bilbo is a great wizard and Gandalf a proud little hobbit!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story itself is still fantastic, just hard to follow in this version.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "A real classic"

    Excellent work here by the BBC. The voice acting and sound effects are spot on. I would listen to it at home, on the bus or at the gym, and it was easy to disconnect from the rest of the world and submerge into the story.

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  • James
    Barnet, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A bit dated, but still strong"

    A fine tale, and a good introduction to the world of Middle Earth. This BBC dramatisation suffers a bit from the somewhat old-school BBC Sound Workshop effects by comparison with more recent versions, but the coming of age and adventures of a simple hobbit are told well, and, although heavily abridged, the story is well told and is great company on a journey of one's own!

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  • Mr. Darran L. Groves
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    4/7/13
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    "The hobbit"

    This is the first audio book I have listened to,being dyslexic i find it hard reading ordinary books.I am enjoying listening to this book the dramatised version makes it fun to listen to.i have not seen the movie yet and wanted to listen to the book this first. The iPhone app has made it easy to listen to when I walk around i find it easier to concentrate thats why I have given this five stars.

    So this audible site is a great way to enjoy books if you have difficulty reading or have trouble like me ! Great book now I have listened to it ! Wish I did this years ago.

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    Earl Shilton, United Kingdom
    1/25/12
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    "I cannot stand the music on it. It is worse in the"

    Very strange production, the music is simply awful. It is high pitched and i cannot filter it out to get to the story.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • joanna Loutsis
    9/25/15
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    "noisy and confusing"

    This "book" was awful. I had to stop it because there was so much noise and shouting it was actually uncomfortable to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/10/15
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    "Difficult to finish"

    I didn't enjoy this production. It seemed disjointed and I will be looking for another to get a better feel of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    3/1/15
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    "Dated"

    This radio play recording hasn't aged well, with grim-sounding over-the-top English baritone actors all giving it their plumiest received pronunciation. For a children's book, this is not really very accessible - not recommended

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • daveradders
    skelmersdale, United Kingdom
    6/5/13
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    "ummmmmm"

    could not understand half the story stay away or get the other ones if you can

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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