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Publisher Description

Dwarves, elves, goblins, trolls, dragons and wizards - these are the ingredients of J.R.R. Tolkien's wonderful fantasy, the prelude to The Lord of The Rings, now the subject of a major feature film series. The hero of the tale is Bilbo Baggins, a home-loving unambitious hobbit who is suddenly thrust into what turns out to be the biggest adventure of his life. Guided by Gandalf the wizard, Bilbo and a company of dwarves set out to destroy Smaug the Magnificent, a ferocious dragon who guards a treasure hoard. Their journey contains many dangers, and in facing them the reluctant Bilbo's great resourcefulness and courage surprises everyone - not least himself! Since it was first broadcast in 1968, this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation has become a classic in its own right, perfectly evoking Tolkien's magical other world and its enchanting, fantastic inhabitants.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Anthony Jackson
hr min
November 5
BBC Audio

Customer Reviews

w3rid ,


Now don’t get me wrong it’s a great audiobook but at the beginning it starts to make sense but later on you just get lost.

DouglasAmongUs ,

Simply Atrocious

I love this book, it is the fondest memory of my childhood and if i did not have such a deep love for tolkien's books that memory would have been crushed. The casting was so distinctly terrible, gandalf is depicted with a high pitched, whiney voice. The names of many characters have been horrible butchered (Thorin pronounced as TORIN, Gollum as GOLOOM). There was even changes in pivital plot points(Bilbo and the trolls, Thorin and the wood elves). And as the for the music...the obvious kazoos left me laughing as did the off-key singing and dastardly horrible compilation of the music's score. I have truly never been more disappointed in the BBC, I could not even complete it i was so disgusted. I highly recommend the other version of the Hobbit that can be found on iTunes. DO NOT waste your money.

earthlingdave ,

A classic! It’s a radio play not an audiobook

This has been my favorite interpretation of the Hobbit since I was a kid. Wonderful acting and storytelling. Give it a chance. It’s a radio play not a direct audiobook.

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