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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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    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.

    10 of 12 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!

    54 of 68 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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    Bobby J. Holder Jr. KATY, TX, United States 10-10-12
    Bobby J. Holder Jr. KATY, TX, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2015

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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.


    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 07-28-15
    G. Parish 07-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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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 2016
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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.

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    Mairead O'Sullivan Washington, DC United States 02-11-13
    Mairead O'Sullivan Washington, DC United States 02-11-13
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    "Great story, occasionally painful reading"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    "Please. Stop. Singing."


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Granted, it's very hard to deal with a cast of 14-15 characters, but many of the characters' voices made me want to stop listening altogether. The narrator's default voice for every person other than most of the dwarves is a stuffy, old-fashioned sounding affair. Think of how you would imagine a stereotypical, British, upper-middle class grandfather of the 1940s to sound. Congratulations. You have heard Bilbo, Elrond, Gandalf, the LakeTown Master, and pretty much everyone over 4 feet tall. Thorin gets more of the same, but with an extremely affected, trying-to-be-posh inflection to top it off. However, on the dwarves, the narrator goes to the opposite extreme. Every single dwarf has his own "unique" voice, and most of these are incredibly annoying. Fili and Kili sound like idiots. They speak in a veeeerrrrrryyyy slllloooowwwwww, overly deep voice and mumble through consonants. They sounded, actually, rather like Crabbe and Goyle from Harry Potter. The voice made me think that the author was implying that they were extremely stupid goons.I would have preferred less "personalization" and more "reading what Tolkien actually wrote," as he's pretty good at identifying the speaker. The mixed-up, everyone-is-arguing parts are supposed to be muddled, so it's extremely unnecessary to inject a separate voice for everyone.This became utterly unbearable during the singing portions. In the narrator's defense, it is hard to come up with tunes for Tolkien's stuff, and it is acutely awkward to expect someone to sing a page's worth of unwritten melody, but augh! I had to fast forward through the elf songs. Rather than "elvish" or "merry" or "different but appealing" or anything Tolkien implied, the elvish music is closer to, "stuffy old guy blissed out on something very relaxing and probably illegal." By contrast, the narrator seems to be trying to rush through the dwarf songs, setting them at an overly brisk cadence and singing them as if he wants to get through as quickly as possible and is rather bored of the song. Awful stuff.


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

    No; I liked parts of it, but the songs always made me abandon the story for at least a day or so, and the voices grated on my nerves.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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