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The Hobbit Audiobook

The Hobbit

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Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all - a treasure-troving dragon named Smaug.

In this fantasy classic, master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkein creates a bewitching world filled with delightful creatures and thrilling dangers. Narrator Rob Inglis will hold listeners of all ages spellbound with his skillful portrayal of hobbits, dwarves, and enchanted beasts.

©1966 J.R.R. Tolkien (P)1991 Recorded Books

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    The Kindler 05-24-16
    The Kindler 05-24-16 Member Since 2014

    Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military History, Thrillers, Great Courses, Horror, and anything with a good story. Please forgive errors.

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    "JRR Tolkien is my hero."
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    Great story telling with even fewer poems than the others so it is easier to get through,


    Any additional comments?

    This is still one of the best classics out there and should be read by everyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Melvin 07-20-15
    Melvin 07-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic story old recording"

    Good narrator, but the quality of the recording is dated and needs to be redone. The story is wonderful!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 10-06-13
    Tango Texas 10-06-13

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Even more fun on audio"

    I've lost count of the times I've read the Hobbit, but picked it up on audio with the deal of day. What a delight! I'm so happy to add this to my audio library now. The master, JRR Tolkien never fails to enchant and this is a really nicely done audio with the songs actually sung and special, fitting voices for the sweet, the mysterious, and the scary inhabitants of Middle Earth. If you have read it before, try it again on audio. If you haven't read it, why not???? Great for audiences of any age.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 10-10-12
    Aden LAFAYETTE, CO, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Overall, A Nit-Pick Here & There"

    1. Not A Prequel--love of god, can we at least separate the literary masterpieces from the mass market movie productions? The Hobbit was written first, whether or not Peter Jackson filmed it last.

    2. Finally! Someone does an unabridged audiobook version!
    3. It's Tolkien and brilliant.
    4. The reading is great, but only one nit-pick: some characters and scenes should be read a little darker and not so upbeat. For example, the songs of the Dwarfs--these should be dark and foreboding, but the way that they're read/sung in this recording makes me think of lawn ornament Gnomes digging in the garden. Minor nit-pick. Overall, a very long awaited and welcome recording! Thanks!

    58 of 72 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 10-31-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Fantastic!"

    I tried to read Tolkien when I was young but it just didn't hold my attention - too many weird names (I hate when I don't know how to pronounce a name in my head) and songs and maps to keep track of. Even though I've seen all the movies (and the animated version of The Hobbit of course), I've always felt left out - I knew that true Tolkien fans had some inner level of cool that I lacked. Now, I am SO glad I missed out as a kid because it made listening to the audio version so much better! The narrator is perfect and of course the writing is superior. I am going to listen to the rest of them and really hope they are as good as The Hobbit.

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    Bobby J. Holder Jr. KATY, TX, United States 10-10-12
    Bobby J. Holder Jr. KATY, TX, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Finally!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    Rob Inglis is the ultimate story teller! Perfect listen by the fire place! With multiple voices he is truly the Lon Chaney of audio! I have been borrowing these at my library for years. Now I can finally have them in my library. I listen to them yearly. Other versions of Tolkien's works by various authors pale compared to Rob Inglis' proper style.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pleasant voice. Knows when to emphasize!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    absolutely. The way Rob reads, allows for no dull moments.


    24 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 12-27-12
    C. Telfair Shepherdstown, WV, United States 12-27-12

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "Gather Around and Listen!"

    If ever a book was meant to be read aloud, it's this one! The storyteller is a tremendously important part of "The Hobbit", and Inglis just does a wonderful job enthralling us all with this adventure.

    The tone and significance of this work is very different from that of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. As long as you recognize that and accept "The Hobbit" for the children's book it basically is, you will enjoy this version of a classic. And, when it comes to a good tale, there's a child in each of us who will absolutely love it!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 07-28-15
    G. Parish 07-28-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A classic for a reason"

    There is a reason this is a classic. It not only is a fantasy tale full of Dwarves, Hobbits, Elves, & Men, but it is a tale designed to touch the soul. One cannot be untouched by the humanity of the Hobbit who will sacrifice all for peace and cares only slightly for wealth.

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    Lance GROTON, MA, United States 04-20-13
    Lance GROTON, MA, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Classic, Though and Through"

    The Hobbit is truly an imaginative force to be reckoned with. It has spawned hordes of imitators in a variety of forms. At it's core it's an adventure story with more heart and character in the first chapter than most accomplish in an entire book. If you consider yourself even the slightest bit a fan of fantasy, then you should give this a listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beach Book Bum Bandon, OR, United States 11-10-12
    Beach Book Bum Bandon, OR, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2014

    Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!

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    "Hurrray audible has the Hobbit unabridged!!!"

    So happy for The Hobbit to be on to be on audible unabridged. Abridged versions of books are just so wrong it's a crime. The narrator is wonderful. He is very able to carry this story and separate the voices. His tone and the depth of his voice, it's a pleasure to listen to. The story is after all the Hobbit. It's wonderful and fantastical and an adventure that everyone must take at least once in their lives.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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