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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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By Jan Childress on 11-17-08

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.

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By barnes on 07-08-10

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!

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By Jonathan on 09-27-10

Magic that will not Disappoint

While I concede that if you listen to, the truly wonderful, LOTR play before this as the earlier reviewer has you may be surprised at the different style and tone of the play. But I think the disappointment as he put it, may have clouded the plays many excellent qualities and caused him understandably, to be a too hash in his condemnation of this version of the book. The book of The Hobbit is not LOTR, it is children?s book, much lighter in tone but full of high drama for a young child and so wonderful tongue in cheek material for adults too but not as dark, serious and compelling as the later work, so the plays are naturally different and the way they are dramatized has rightly has to be different also (plus we must note they this was produced in 1968 and the LOTR produced in 1981 so the quality and technology is going to have improved) I had this play on tape as a child and wore it out, long before I fell in love with the written works of Tolkien and for the child then and the adult now, the eagle?s screaming voices came straight from the beaks of birds, the elves ululating tones made it clear they were from distant and higher & magical race, the music and actors seemed perfect for their places in this play, Gandalf is not the great Michael Hordern but he fits a friendly yet sinister guide who although he prove true at the end I never truly trusted of understood till the later books, just right for a wizard I think. Lastly the joint, mixed up and overleaping narration of Bilbo and a Tolkienesce narrator makes for a comforting friend in Bilbo that children can trust and rely on in later years. Too much to credit a children?s play with? I don?t this so! You?re kids need the Hobbit in their lives.

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By Shaun on 11-21-12

The Hobbit

Having never read this book, I have found this version easy to follow and understand. To be able to laugh along with the characters has brightened my day

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By BRYAN L. on 05-30-15

An old, but faithful, brief telling of Tolkien.

This is a BBC radio production of a number of decades ago, but it is one of which Tolkien would have approved. A major condensation of the original, it still conveys the essence of Tolkien's story. The acting is different to that we have become accustomed to from the films, but it is a style that sits well on the story. To those who only know "The Hobbit" from the multi-part film, this is very different. The motion picture epic has little in common with the original book. Hear this to find something much closer to the author's intentions.

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