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The Hobbit (Dramatised)

Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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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.

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Timeless Story, Dated Production

The story of the Hobbit is a timeless classic, but, as the title of the review states, the production of this audio dramatization leaves a bit to be desired. Some of the vocal characterizations, and almost all of the music, are very difficult to listen to for a modern ear. I was constantly having to adjust the audio to avoid discomfort at some of the nasal character voices and dreadful orchestrations of the inter-scene musical interludes. The BBC would later advance the art of radio drama by light years, notably their productions of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and later the Hobbit's successor, the Lord of the Rings, and there are glimpses of that later promise here. Just not enough to redeem the work as a whole.

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  • barnes
  • 2010-07-08

An Old Favourite

I was given this book to read as a child and have loved it ever since. (I'm now over 40). The style of the dramatisation is a little bit dated and I find the music grates a bit on my ear but it does add to the atmosphere. I have listened to it three times since I bought it this week! As with any abridgement, one can always be disappointed about what was left out and what was retained from the original book but the spirit of the story is still there. The actors are very wholehearted about the project. The book was aimed at children and I think they will love this although it does get a bit scary at times!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Jan Childress
  • 2008-11-17

Takes a little getting used to

It took me awhile to get used to "dramatised" and when I did, I decided I didn't like it. Don't get me wrong - it was done well, and was entertaining; but i found dramatization draining on my imagination. After awhile, I was overwhelmed with drama and couldn't keep up with the voices and images.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Wendy
  • COFFS HARBOURAustralia
  • 2008-12-21

wendygai

this is a jolly romp and great fun t listen to. 8year old nephew found the many songs a bit too much, but i loved it

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  • Mary Barnett
  • Denton, TX
  • 2010-07-07

Wonderful Presentation of a Classic!

This was the first Tolkien story that I read, and I was captivated by it, long before I read the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy. This audio dramatization has become a classic in its own right, and I enjoy listening to it frequently. As a dramatization, I prefer it to a full-length audio presentation of the original. "The Hobbit," either in book or this audio format, is my favorite way to suggest an introduction to Tolkien to people who are unfamiliar with his work, or who say they don't like fantasy. This dramatization catches the spirit of the original and I highly recommend it.

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  • Alex
  • montague, CA, USA
  • 2009-04-07

Pleasantly surprised!

"the Hobbit" was my first "Dramatized" listen, and I found it to be quite enjoyable. I usually prefer to listen to unabridged books only, however, I desided to give this one a try, and I loved it. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to have this played to her. I would strongly recomend this audio to families on road trips, and any fans of J.R.R. Tolkian.

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  • Mathias
  • Wooster, OH, USA
  • 2008-12-14

amazing

Listening to this version of "The Hobbit" really does give you a sense of how people read, and or thought about "The Hobbit" during the time it was recorded. It not only is interesting as a historical must-have for any LOTR fan, but they do a really upstanding job dramatizing it. This is the kind of thing I will keep on my external hard-drive no matter how many computers I go through.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • United States
  • 2012-12-28

Revisiting a favorite from my childhood.

What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit (Dramatised) the most enjoyable?

I first experienced this story on the radio in 1977, over NPR. They played it in half hour installments and my sister and I got to listen in my parents bedroom with a big bowl of popcorn. I loved the vivid mental images created by the actors readings... and the music is just as folksy and wonderful as I remembered. It will ALWAYS be my favorite way to experience "The Hobbit."

What did you like best about this story?

The characters voices are just as I imagined

Which scene was your favorite?

I LOVE Bilbo's scene with Smaug.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I like spacing it into 30 minute sections.

Any additional comments?

Get it. You won't regret it. BBC BRILLIANCE.

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  • Paula
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 2010-04-11

Nicely Dramatised

I've read this book many time since 1969 when I was about 13 and it remains one of my favorite books. While I prefer the unabridged version, this is nicely done. The character voices and the pace is good. Occasionally there is a little too much going on in the background, but still very enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • San Diego
  • 2013-01-25

Agree with others review

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

I like the voices, but for some reason it does not matches the book reading, it is a dramatized one, and I miss understood so one more I get that I don't get to enjoy again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-17

omg

I loved this. I was honestly surprised with how amazing this recording is! The music and sound effects take you to middle earth. You can get lost in this easily. Loved it.