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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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  • Jennifer
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 09-17-12

Hard to hear

Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or the narrator?

I really enjoy this story, but they use to much background music that I find very distracting, I can not hear what is being said and it just becomes to much, did not finish the story because it was to hard to hear. Do not recommend this version.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I love this story, I have read it before, this version is not a great representation of the actual book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrator?

No I would not

Could you see The Hobbit (Dramatised) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

This is going to be a movie, and I am excited to see it.

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Perfomance spoils the fantastic story

I read the Hobbit many, many times many, many years ago. I wanted to listen to it again at the gym before the movie comes out. However, this is the BBC radio version--which might be nice to hear in a different setting--but it's hard to listen to while exercising (or driving). (The background noises, sound effects, and acted nature of this version are distracting.) I would have preferred an actual reading of the book rather than a recording of a radio dramatization of the story.

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  • Anna
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 03-27-12

Short but Good

It took a little while to get used to the songs, but that was part of the original book and should be included. It was entertaining, fun, and a pretty good dramatization of the book. If anything it was a little short and glossed over the details, but I enjoyed it. It would be good material for a car trip, especially with kids.

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  • Robert
  • Invermere, British Columbia, Canada
  • 03-20-12

Terrible sound quality

Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or the narrator?

The dramatisation kills this. SO much background noise you can't hear or understand the person talking. Very poorly done by the BBC. I expected much much more.

Would you be willing to try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien? Why or why not?

Yes

What didn’t you like about the narrator’s performance?

The dramatisation was terrible. The main problem was the mixing of the background sounds with the foreground speaker. The foreground is a blur. IF you concentrate in a quiet place you might be able to follow it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hobbit (Dramatised)?

I would have hired a competant sound mixer

Any additional comments?

We only got a hour in and couldn't bare to finish it,

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  • Bill
  • United States
  • 02-10-12

Hard to listen to

What would have made The Hobbit (Dramatised) better?

The audio in this dramatization is incredibly muddled and of poor quality compared to anything recorded an mixed recently.

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Hard to hear

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I recommend this audio performance only because there aren't any better alternatives.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The audio is so dramatised that it is hard to hear sometimes and the other noises for dramatic effect are really loud and distracting.

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entertaining

This was quite entertaining with all the music and sound effects. I enjoyed it. I like reading the book better but this was a refreshing change.

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  • Julia
  • east alton, il, United States
  • 08-29-11

Abridged, sadly

I paid $16 for the only copy of The Hobbit that I could find online. I got it for a class to listen to as they read along. Sadly, this was wasted money since the very first sentance and most of the rest of the book skipps around horribly. :(

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Not the Best

Having read the book, I know the story. Though I appreciate the production and voice talent, for me it didn't deliver. I found the voices or characterizations difficult to follow.

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Difficult to follow

I have read the book many years ago, so I am familiar with the story. Despite this I found it difficult to follow the story. The volumn changed dramtically and voices were not always clear or easy to follow.