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The Hobbit Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook


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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Fully dramatized; 4.25 hours edition (February 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598878980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598878981
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 4.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J.R.R. TOLKIEN has legions of devoted fans and is widely regarded as the father of fantasy literature. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit—both 20th century classics and perennial bestsellers—continue to provide the primary inspiration for today's fantasy authors.

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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

Customer Reviews

Bought this for my boyfriends for Christmas!
bkf8
There is also too much repetitive music annoying playing in the background.
Daniel Fergus Tamulonis
Interesting to see difference between book and movie.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ogre Mk V on September 19, 2009
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This is the version produced by National Public Radio a long time ago. This is not the BBC version, which is IMHO an inferior product compared to this one. In fact, when I first bought this product, it was on cassette tape. I firmly believe that this version is the best audio presentation ever produced of tolkiens work. Why? Well, its really a voice character based play complete with ambient sound effects, it's theater of the mind set in tolkiens universe. It's NOT a plain old voice of one person doing his best to give you a read over like some grandpa reading a bedside story (not that i'm against that mind you, it's just not my cup of tea, ya know). My kids grew up hearing this on long car trips, and it kept us all entertained with a shared universe we could all enjoy at the same time. My tapes had gone bad and I thought we would never be able to hear this great and wonderful audio play again. Lo and behold, its on CD and Amazon has it. It's now playing behind me as I write this review and my youngest, home from college on break, is enjoying it with me. "In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit", go Bilbo, go Tolkien, go Amazon and NPR.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L. Murray on December 1, 2011
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I remember listening to this as a kid so when I was looking for an audio book for my family's Thanks Giving trip, I grabbed this up. The story was just as much fun to listen to with my kids as it had been listening to it when I was a kid. The audio quality of this 4-disk set left much to be desired, though. It would have benifitted from being digitally re-mastered--or at lease adjusted so every track was at the same volume level. I ripped these disks when we got home from our trip and ran it through iTunes' equalizer and it's just fine now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Green & Jane M. Mooney on December 20, 2012
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Story highly edited, but reasonable preview for the movie. The narration is good, but i found the sound quality uneven.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By George-on-da-go on February 13, 2013
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I was always a Tolkien fan and still am. I haven't seen the new Hobbit movie yet and will more than likely wait for it to come out on blu ray before I purchase that and watch. I am a really big fan having different characters acted out by a complete set of performers. Having read the book I liked how closely it followed the story-line. I purchased this one from amazon to replace a broken disc I had and didn't rip it to my computer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bkf8 on January 21, 2013
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Bought this for my boyfriends for Christmas! And he was so amazed that I found this! He is obsessed with The Hobbit! From what he tells me, he enjoys listening to it, especially while he is deployed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cabyma on February 3, 2012
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Amazing reading of The Hobbit! All of the voices are perfect and really draw you further into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and several friends have already asked to borrow it for road trips.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Wolle Zimmermann on March 26, 2010
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This is very close to the original, just bringing some flavor to the storytelling without exaggerating. Is is nice to listen to, good pace and good quality. I you are interested in Tolkien, this is worth the money.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Clancy on August 13, 2012
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Through the use of voices the Hobbit comes to life. The book itself is great but the audio makes you sit up and listen. I love the use of different voices and how it creates an image for you as the reader. Its good.
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