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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)
  • (P)1979, 1994 HighBridge Company

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    • 06-08-16

    Boo!

    The entire time I was listening to this I just kept thinking about how much more enjoyable it would be if I just read the actual book. I do not recommend this one bit.

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    Phenomenal!!

    Since I was in third grade I have loved this book and this cast is just marvelous, it is just vividly laid out and just a wonderful story

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    i hate dramatized stories.

    i really hate it when stories are done like this they leave so much out and add to much of their own interpretation into it.

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    A family favorite

    I listened to this on tape when I was a boy and am so happy to have it on audible.

    It's abridged, obviously, but touches on the major plot points of The Hobbit.

    As an adult, I'm more aware of the actors being reused for different voices, but it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

    For my money, the Gollum in this recording is the definitive rendition.

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    Great story

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Family friendly. Great for kids, still. A timeless book. Not too long to loose interest.

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    good book!

    sometimes it was hard to understand the actors cuz they were talking 8n strong accents

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    Powerful voice acting

    The narration and numerous voice actors make this a compelling listen. It is abridged, but delivered in a classic radio drama style with sound effects. Great for a road trip.

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    barely audible

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

    Love this classic story, but the audio recording is very poor and I could barely make out the words.

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    it's a really good book.

    I liked it. kept me listing till the very end. I'm getting the rest for sure

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    Terrible

    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is a fantastic story written by one of the best ENGLISH writers ever. This AMERICAN dramatization lacks every nuance and mastery of the original wording and language it was written in. And, Thorin - never in all my readings of this book (which are many) did I ever imagine Thorin to sound like Peter Fonda a la War and Peace. The actor, while likely fine in other roles - maybe a western?, has no affinity for the story or the character. And, he lacks any finesse in his tongue to wrap himself around the proper pronunciation of many of Tollkien's well-named places, characters or the elven or dwarfish words. In his mouth; words, the character, and the story actually sound painful to the ear (you know they are painful for him to say). The character sounds lazy and bored. And Thorin is neither; he's likely the most complex character in the book as he wrestles with his own pride, his affections for his fellow travelers, and what it means to lead this group. And, Bilbo, rather than sounding mostly innocent, ends up just sounding like an idiot. This could have been so good with the right cast - with an all-british cast. Instead, it's horrible and really not worth the money.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Tolkien's original story. Read that, you'll get more out it.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of An Ensemble Cast?

    Ben Kingsley, Hugo Weaving, Dan Stevens

    Do you think The Hobbit (Dramatized) needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO - No please, not with this ensemble cast; please don't make anyone else suffer through this again. If you create a follow-up book or Hobbit with an ensemble cast, make sure it's an all-British cast that's been classically trained. One that can pronounce names and places correctly and that understands the evolution of these characters and brings that to the reading and their voices. Most American's really lack the finesse in language to tackle most English or foreign readings - we just aren't trained that way. And leave all Peter Fonda wannabes and sound-alikes out. That has it's own place and it's not in Tolkien.