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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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    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.

    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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    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.

    28 of 37 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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    Drew 02-13-16
    Drew 02-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "a classic read perfectly"

    excellent story. I read this book years ago but Rob Inglis really brings it to life. I highly recommend this recording even if you've read it numerous times.

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    Lia 09-17-15
    Lia 09-17-15

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Timeless and brilliant story..."

    ...but time for a fresh narrator, in my humble opinion. I suspect the Peter Jackson films have shaped my expectations on that score, buy they were so well done that I have no qualms about preferring an updated voice to the story.

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    Amazon Customer 08-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    This book lives up to its name! the adventures prove exciting and delightful! I love the way it was produced. I will always love J.R.R. Tolkien work.

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    GH 08-05-15
    GH 08-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Thankful"

    Whenever a favorite book is interpreted in a new medium I get worried that it'll be made into something else,. This was really well done.

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    Amazon Customer 08-04-15
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    "fantastic"

    great novel couldn't put it down until it was over listened to it again and again

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    never-say-never 08-01-15
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    "Loved it!"

    This was a great experience. It was way better than the movies! I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series! The narration absolutely remarkable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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