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The Hobbit | [J. R. R. Tolkien]

The Hobbit

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.
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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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    Krista 10-10-12
    Krista 10-10-12

    three favorite words: "This is Audible."

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    "FINALLY!"

    I am so excited to see unabridged versions of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy made available on Audible. Rob Inglis is simply the best narrator ever. He gives each character a unique voice and makes listening to these classics a delight!
    All 4 books should be considered "must reads" for everyone.

    24 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Chad Ohio 07-25-15
    Joe Chad Ohio 07-25-15 Member Since 2015

    I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.

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    "Will Always have a Spot in My Heart"

    No matter how many books I read, I will never be able to forget the sheer awesomeness of this book. This novel epitomized the enjoyment I had as a child in reading. I can honestly say I have probably read it at least a half dozen times. Everything about this book is perfect to me. As far as I am concerned this is where the true fantasy novels began. I loved the unforgettable characters, the simple but excellent plot, and the somewhat archaic action scenes. For me there are two things that truly make this book an instant classic. The first is the characters, which are all unique and lovable. Everyone of them has their own quirks and elements that make them stand out. All of them are fresh in my mind from Bilbo to Bomber. The other part of this novel that makes it incredible is the setting, which is described in loving detail by Tolkien. From the cutlery used in Bilbo's house to the sweep of The Misty Mountains, it is all there describe down to the last small detail. The plot while being quite simple, is perfect for the novel that Tolkien is trying to write. Also, we must remember that this book was revolutionary when it was written and it was one of the first of the genre. Therefor, even though the plot is quaint, it is still beautiful in its own way. One thing I cannot forget is Rob Inglis's narration, which is probably the bes narration I have ever heard. He captures every character in a unique voice that defined them for me perfectly, When they spoke I felt they were right next to me talking to me, that's how real he made them seem. Also, I have to mention his songs, Tolkien throws a few dwarven songs into the book, and Mr. Inglis sings them beautifully. If you haven't read this book yet, then there is something wrong with you and you better rectify that problem right now.

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    Kelly 01-05-15
    Kelly 01-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Love The Hobbit"

    Have loved this book and have been reading it since I was a very young girl. Tolkien is an exceptional writer and Inglis brings his characters to life beautifully. Will listen to this performance over and over again as long as my devices will play them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Barker Cana Va 11-16-13
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    "Really enjoyed it"

    This wasn't my first time in Middle Earth. I've been a fan of The Hobbit/Lord if the Rings books for more than 20 years I guess. However, having just seen the first of the 3 Peter Jackson Hobbit movies, I wanted to go back and familiarize myself with the original work, so I could tell what was changed in the movie. This version of the audio book was very pleasant to hear, and I enjoyed it very much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 07-18-13
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2009

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    "One Tolkien over the line"

    I had never read Tolkien as a kid. I thought it was time, after being bombarded with Hobbit references, to rectify that fact. The Hobbit is a quick scan and a fun, imaginative story, well told.

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    Amazon Customer Burnsville, Mn, United States 02-18-13
    Amazon Customer Burnsville, Mn, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Like Reading for the First Time"

    The Hobbit was one of my very favorite childhood books, and I decided to revisit the lonely mountain with the release of the movie this year. If you are like me, you most likely re-read books with more of a skimming mentality rather than a first time thorough read through. This is impossible with the audiobook as every phrase and passage are stated explicitely allowing your mind to become immersed in the brilliance of Tolkien's diction and storytelling. Its amazing how much detail and character development can be fit into such a small book (compared to the lord of the rings). It's truly as though you are going along for the adventure with Baggins and Company. Totally worth the money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sumguynobuddynoes Sioux Falls, SD, United States 02-07-13
    Sumguynobuddynoes Sioux Falls, SD, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Rich and ageless middle earth culture permeates."
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The story operates in a well aged culture and tradition mindset. The various races have their own histories that make up their present existance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandalf. He seems to be the author of many an adventrue in and out of Hobbiton, of which Bilbo seems to be just one of which we have the opportunity to be a part of.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Very well presented. The voices give their own character to the players in the story. It is consistent with the follow one Lord of the Ring series as well. This provides continuity of listening to his storytelling style.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Too large an adventure for such a small Hobbit.


    Any additional comments?

    The story rolls where the story rests again and again between adventures. Fortunately repose preceeds great deeds. Very realistic in the need to recover from great stresses of physical, and mental challenges. Great story in a magical land.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Marshall, MN, United States 02-05-13
    Ryan Marshall, MN, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A timeless tale...a must read."
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes. I have listened to it several times already, and it is a classic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo Baggins, of course. He comes through with resourcefulness and luck throughout the story, and ends up learning quite a bit by the end.


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

    Rob is a stellar narrator who has the uncanny ability of bringing the characters alive in a way that I am pretty sure I would not have imagined had I read the book myself.


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

    Yes, it is that kind of book, but it of adequate length that this is not really feasible. Definitely a book that will leave you sitting in the driveway waiting for the chapter to end!!!


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    Katrina 02-03-13
    Katrina 02-03-13
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    "Throughly enjoyed"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again and again just as I have read the book for myself on many occasions. The reader's voice sounds so much like I would expect the different character's voices to sound after having read the story myself. He adds so much with the way he sang the songs that go so far beyond the flat way my head did them when I read it. He makes me feel like I can smell the smoke, hear the sorrow and weariness. Though I always felt like I was there beside the characters when I read, he had a way making it so much more real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The songs, and the way Tolkien had Bilbo find some much more depth and strength in his character than he thought he had at the start of the story.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    The songs and the emotion he put into the words. He was able to take a story that I thought I knew from many reading on my own and make it new and fresh. Giving so much more to it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the dwarfs started turning to Bilbo for leadership/guidance after having treating him as a burden and useless waste.


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    Amazon Customer 02-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than the movie"

    Rob Inglis does a wonderful job reading the book because of his ablity to do all the voices. The story is of course great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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