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Publisher's Summary

The BBC TV soundtrack of the acclaimed Jackanory multi-voice reading of The Hobbit. Broadcast to mark the 3000th programme of the much-loved children's series Jackanory, The Hobbit was transmitted over two weeks and 10 episodes in 1979. It told the gripping story of Bilbo Baggins and his band of dwarves, who are on a quest for the treasure guarded by the fearsome dragon Smaug.

As he leaves his cosy hobbit-hole and travels into the wild, Bilbo's adventures begin. On his journey, he will encounter trolls, goblins, elves and giant spiders - as well as a mysterious and magical ring and a strange, sinister creature named Gollum.

Read by Bernard Cribbins, Jan Francis, Maurice Denham and David Wood, this rare audio soundtrack is sure to offer a treat for all fans of J. R. R. Tolkien.

©2013 AudioGO Ltd (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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Classic

Dramatized narrative backed by a classy background score which kept me riveted throughput. I guess, this is the book that I have completed in the shortest time so far.

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Wonderful

Loved it from start to finish. The excellent voice acting is backed up by a wonderful score.

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An absolute delight to listen to.

A pleasant story for all ages, narrated articulately by all the artistes. I loved it !

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Magical and mystical!

Very easy and smooth. Lovely dramatised performances..very true to the spirit of the book! Recommended for Hobbit fans

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  • Keith C.
  • 01-12-15

Radio abridgement

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Advertised as "unabridged" this radio play is heavily edited. Nice narration for children but it leaves out a great deal of text.

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  • Jason Cantrell
  • 22-08-15

Excellent but short version.

Liked this but wanted to hear more. Next time will order unabridged version. This is an excellent rendition!

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  • aowens
  • 31-07-15

Fantastic

This was a summer school reading assigner and we loved reading along with the audibles book!

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  • 25-12-13

Not unabridged

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Advertising the story as unabridged is misleading. It is an abridged version of the original story.

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  • codaroma
  • 07-10-13

THIS IS SEVERELY ABRIDGED. RIPOFF

Beware, this is advertised as unabridged, but is most definitely and quite severely abridged. I was very disappointed.

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  • Mark H
  • 07-12-20

It IS unabridged...

Great!

I think that the people moaning about it not being unabridged are not truly au fait with 'Jackanory' which was a daily TV show presenting abridged readings. The recording is an unabridged version of JACKANORY, and so those with an ounce of brains, would expect the story itself to be an abridged format.

If you can't feel the love for this classic, you need to check for a pulse.

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  • Michael
  • 14-04-15

Unabridged Jackanory production of Abridged Hobbit

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

If you remember it being broadcast originally (showing my age!) then this is a great piece to bring back memories... If you never heard it before or don't remember it in a warm light then don't bother, there are better out there.

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  • Pete Lambert
  • 29-08-15

Top notch Cribbins, neatly abridged

Top notch Cribbins, neatly abridged (it's listing here as unabridged is incorrect but don't be put off by that), a classy troupe of readers and the battle is over and done with in ten minutes.

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  • Don't leave your toaster in the rain
  • 28-07-22

Bernard Cribbins! Remember this from my childhood

Bernard Cribbins! Remember this from my childhood. Misremembered Michael Hordern as Gandalf though! Crisp abridgement

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  • Bonzo Abroad
  • 07-12-21

Great Bit Of British Nostalgia

Let’s be honest, Bernard Cribbens had a black belt in Jackanory. Well paced and accurate to the book. Really enjoying it.

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  • Coolsaver
  • 20-11-21

Good memories

loved going back in time to listen to this adaption. As good loved as it was then. So many memories encapsulated in listening to this Stella cast.

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  • Ian Robertson
  • 19-08-21

Good old fashioned Jackanory!

Just as I remember it when I was a kid, best retelling of the Hobbit in the audible book collection!

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  • Sandy Moncrieff
  • 29-05-20

Wonderful childhood memories returned

Oh how I loved this story when it was on Jackanory as a child. Fantastic to hear it again, a superb cast and excellent production.