The Hobbit (Dramatized)

  • by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by An Ensemble Cast
  • 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Many years of enjoyment

I was very surprised by some of the reviews I saw for this audio book. I have the entire series and have loved them since I was seven or so years old (now 22). My dad used to play them for me when I was going to sleep at night--I would be carried off into the land of hobbits within seconds of starting the story, and soon I would be sound asleep. It was also good for keeping out the monsters under the bed...the the ring wraiths are rather scary.

I can see why some of the voices might annoy some first time listeners, but for children or those still light at heart and willing to really give it a chance, I think it is a wonderful way to enjoy the book when you don't have that much time.

If you don't like the American accents , think they sound too much like cartoon characters, or just want the unabridged version, I suggest the CD set read by "Rob Inglis." He does a wonderful job of reading the story, and should satisfy those of you who are not looking for what is offered here.

As a final note, Gandolf's voice is probably one of the deepest, so if you can't stand the first bit, you probably won't like the rest of it.
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- Zreea "Zreea"

Hobbit Play

Overall, the "audio play" was enjoyable. However, there were times when trying to follow which character was speaking was quite confusing. Since I have read the book in the past, I was a bit disappointed by the length and how much it was abridged.

I would have preferred an unabridged book just read by a single performer. Unfortunately that was not available.
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- Debbie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-18-2007
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books