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The Hobbit (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

The Hobbit (Dramatized)

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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)

    © The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; (P)1979, 1994 HighBridge Company

  • What the Critics Say

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      Amazon Customer 05-03-14
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      "A Wonderful Dramatization"
      What did you love best about The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

      I love this dramatization because I feel it captures the moods of the story very well.


      What did you like best about this story?

      The music was perfect for each scene, making me feel like I was really there.


      What does An Ensemble Cast bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

      The different personalities and attitudes of the characters. I am rather black/white and dramatization helps me to see characters in new ways and helps me consider them better.


      Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

      The music for Imladris really makes me want to go there myself, along with the simple explanation that painted such a beautiful picture.


      Any additional comments?

      A wonderful dramatization all in all. Yes, there are a few things I would have done differently, but I love this dramatization and listen to it again and again. If you can let go of your hard and fast notions about Middle-Earth (yours truly), this production will take you on a wonderful journey.

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      Amazon Customer Albany, Oregon 02-04-14
      Amazon Customer Albany, Oregon 02-04-14 Member Since 2017
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      "Should of left it how i remembered it"
      Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

      Not really. I remember the book being alot better then this.


      Would you recommend The Hobbit (Dramatized) to your friends? Why or why not?

      no. its better as a read


      Was The Hobbit (Dramatized) worth the listening time?

      no


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      bethiboo 02-02-14
      bethiboo 02-02-14
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      "characters overacted to the detriment of the story"
      Any additional comments?

      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.

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      Greg R. Charlotte, NC 04-24-13
      Greg R. Charlotte, NC 04-24-13 Member Since 2013
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      "Wonderful!"
      Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

      Its a wonderful performance. Very well done. Sucks you into the story.


      What did you like best about this story?

      The sound effects make it great. Makes you feel like your there.


      Which character – as performed by An Ensemble Cast – was your favorite?

      Bilbo's character was excellent. He even sounded like the person from the recently released movie which made it even better.


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      Amazon Customer Calistoga, CA, United States 03-05-13
      Amazon Customer Calistoga, CA, United States 03-05-13
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      "Back to my childhood"
      Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit (Dramatized) to be better than the print version?

      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.


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      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.


      Did the narration match the pace of the story?

      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.


      Any additional comments?

      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.

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      P. Malan UT, USA 02-04-13
      P. Malan UT, USA 02-04-13 Member Since 2008
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      "Almost unbearable"

      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.

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      Glenn United States 01-27-13
      Glenn United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2017
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      "It just seems a bit off"
      What did you like best about The Hobbit (Dramatized)? What did you like least?

      I love the story. I have read and listened to and watched other versions and I never seem to get tired of the story.


      What did you like best about this 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.


      Would you be willing to try another one of An Ensemble Cast’s performances?

      Yes


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

      No


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      Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 12-22-12
      Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 12-22-12
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      "Worst version!!"
      What would have made The Hobbit (Dramatized) better?

      Nothing. This version is terrible.


      Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. R. Tolkien again?

      It's not the story. This is the worst version I've overheard! Save your money!


      What didn’t you like about An Ensemble Cast’s performance?

      The performance was a combination of Southern Drawl..Disney's Goofy...The Chipmunks....English Gentleman....terrible.


      What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

      Very disappointed :(


      Any additional comments?

      Very Bad

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Carol Saint James, New York, United States 11-18-12
      Carol Saint James, New York, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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      "need a new narrator"
      What disappointed you about The Hobbit (Dramatized)?

      I did not like the way some of the characters were portrayed by the narrator


      How could the performance have been better?

      better dramatization


      What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

      saddness because I loved reading the books years ago and this was not what was expected


      Any additional comments?

      more consideration needs to be given to who is chosen to narrate

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      susan choctaw, OK, United States 11-09-12
      susan choctaw, OK, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2012
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      "Great dramatization"
      Where does The Hobbit (Dramatized) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      best


      What other book might you compare The Hobbit (Dramatized) to and why?

      this is my first


      What about An Ensemble Cast’s performance did you like?

      all


      Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

      not really


      Any additional comments?

      Would suggest to listen to both dramatization and unabridge to see what you like best. Dramatization is much shorter

      1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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