The Hobbit: Jackanory Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
So there is no build up of tension, all the drama is just gone. Also sometimes if feels like the reading speeds up - I know it is an old recording transferred to CD and I think something went wrong in the process. I would avoid this and find a different version!
Beautifully read Vann definitely recommend
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First heard this version on jackanory, and finally found it, great retelling of a great story.Published 6 months ago by gareth
A VERY GOOD THOUGHTFUL CD, RE-RELEASED BACK INTO THE PUBLIC FOR ITS ORIGINAL IDEA FROM THE BBC ARCHIVES OF JACKANORYPublished 7 months ago by gollumanelf63
Always wanted this since being young watching it on the BBC all those years ago.Published 12 months ago by Michael Caines