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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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    Anders Burnsville, Mn, United States 02-18-13
    Anders Burnsville, Mn, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2012
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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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    Mairead O'Sullivan Washington, DC United States 02-11-13
    Mairead O'Sullivan Washington, DC United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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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.


    3 of 4 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 2012
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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 2005
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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!!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina Rushville, IN, United States 02-03-13
    Katrina Rushville, IN, United States 02-03-13 Member Since 2012
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 02-01-13
    Amazon Customer United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Chester K. Smyth Salt Lake City 01-31-13
    Chester K. Smyth Salt Lake City 01-31-13 Member Since 2012

    Cheap Reader

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    "The Hobbit"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The narration was outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    I am 66 years old and have never read the book. Since I drive a lot, I thought it would be a good idea to heat the book before seeing the movie. I was not expecting very much, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.

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    Mary Colorado 12-31-12
    Mary Colorado 12-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful Story and Excellent Narrator!"

    So glad I purchased this audiobook...I am looking forward to seeing it on screen even more so now that I listened to this wonderful audiobook. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tesia San Francisco, CA, United States 11-17-12
    Tesia San Francisco, CA, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic story, fantastic reader!"

    I haven't even finished this one and I can't wait to start the next. I am enthralled with this unabridged version. And Rob Inglis' narration is delicious indeed! The story springs to life with the various characters as Mr. Inglis deftly changes inflection and tone, giving each character a unique "voice".

    The story itself is Tolkien at his best. Full of mystery and humor, daring-do and lots of twists. It will keep everyone enthralled!

    Delightful in every way! A must listen for all! (Not just us Hobbits!)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BlueMtn La Grande, OR, United States 11-10-12
    BlueMtn La Grande, OR, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2009

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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