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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (3 Oct. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1471358372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471358371
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 1.1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The BBC TV soundtrack of the acclaimed Jackanory multi-voice reading of The Hobbit.

About the Author

J. R. R. Tolkien was born in 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. From 1925-1959 he was an Oxford Professor, first of Anglo Saxon and then of English Language and Literature, but is best known as the author of the fantasy classic The Lord of the Rings.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AM Roach on 7 Dec. 2013
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This production introduced me to Tolkien when I was nine. I missed the final episode because I had Brownies on Friday and spent my pocket money on the book to find out the end! Over thirty years later I still love Tolkien and remembered loving it but I couldn't remember much about the actual production other than Bernard Cribbins (voice of my childhood) and listened again with a certain amount of trepidation fearing that I would not love as an adult what I had loved as a child and thinking it might have been better to leave memory untarnished. Much to my relief, it still had a great deal of charm.

It is an abridged version, of course, but what is there IS Tolkien. Jan Francis makes a warm and lively narrator who keeps the story moving. Bernard Cribbins is as perfect as Bilbo as I remember him while Maurice Denham and David Wood do sterling work as just about everyone else! One small quibble is that Elrond sounds more mad professor than elf lord but as a stand alone tale this is rather nit picky. On the radio you do have to ring the changes somehow.

It is very much a children's story still and while a lot of detail is inevitably missing I believe it would make as good an introduction to Tolkien now as it did for me all those years ago..it keeps the story as a fairly light romp. I think it would be a good adjunct to the new Jemima Catlin illustrated Hobbit (whose cover it shares). I am sure many do and will enjoy the Jackson films, but this is a Hobbit which is suitable for a very young audience and which prepares those who move on to the book to discover its extra richness.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2013
There are no few audiobooks of Tolkiens classic to be had so a new version needs something different.
The BBC have certainly managed that with this beautifully judged reading. The cast list may have Bernard Cribbins as Bilbo but his air time is pretty limited, excellent, but brief nonetheless.
This doesn't hold things back though as the rest of the small cast are great value for money and Maurice Denham is especially good.
Most credit goes to Jan Francis expressive and clear narration. This is a childrens programme and her sense of wonderment and surprise is infectious.
The music too is excellent and the two different tunes either end of each 15 minute episode may be brief but are quite lovely.
Obviously much is cut back and this is sort of an in depth synopsis with the odd acted scene thrown in but still this quickly draws you in and although moving at a pace is still full of detail and never fails to hold the listeners interest.
A great hark back to the glory days of Jackanory and a well judged release that is very welcome.
The lost star is simply because if you really had to choose just one version of 'The Hobbit' then this would lose out to the BBC's other classic and far fuller drama from 1968 The Hobbit Both drama's are well worth buying however and are easily recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Justin Butcher on 26 Aug. 2014
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I came across this by accident and had to order it immediately as this is a recording of one of my clearest childhood memories, the 2 week long Jackanory broadcast of The Hobbit from 1979. It is a faithful telling of the text with a group of talented actors delivering the story very much in the way I had always imagined Tolkien himself intended. Essentially, listening to this recording is a delightful experience and I recommend it.
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