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.
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I have always enjoyed this book; I did not, however, care for this particular narration.
The narrator Rob Inglis did a great job of distinguishing the characters using a variety of voices
Bilbo of course. He's constantly saving the dwarves from a variety of problems using his wits as his weapon of choice.
I might listen to it again, but not anytime soon. There are so many other good books waiting to read/listen to.
I liked Bilbo. He just kept plugging along, and was committed to his friends on the journey.
I thought the narrator did a great job!. With so many characters, I can't imagine how he kept up with the differenct voices, but he did a good job of it.
No way. It was too long. I listened to it while I was out walking, so basically, I would listen in one hour increments.
I had heard of The Hobbit over the years, but never had any interest in reading stories of that nature. However, it was a good price offer on the Audible site, so I decided to give it a go. And I was pleasantly surprised! I looked forward to my walks and getting the chance to continue with the story.
The narrator perfectly matches the tone and character of the book. I can't imagine what else a listener would want from the experience.
A classic the stature of The Hobbit deserves excellence in production and quality of voice acting, and this audio book has it.
Rob Inglis' characterizations are varied, nuanced and compelling. This gave me exactly the experience I was looking for, which was of a new look on a loved and familiar old friend.
I really have enjoyed reading the Hobbit and the Lord of the rings. This year my wife bought me the lord of the rings audio books and so I picked up the Hobbit. Rob Inglis does a great job of walking us through the story and keeping the reading interesting. I enjoy each book I have heard him read. Thanks for another great offering for a great book.
This is one of my favorite stories of all time, and always a pleasure to hear someone else put their own voice and persona into the characters. The narrator however works through the book at such an extremely slow pace that it was difficult to enjoy as much as i had hoped. I had waited so long for audible to put the tolkien books up, but now seriously considering whether or not to spend the credits on the trilogy solely based on the narration.
A fantastic story that I grew up with.
One of the best narrators that I have heard. He makes you feel like you are a part of the story.
Beautiful story. Beautifully read. One of the best narrations I've listened to. He sets the various moods convincingly, the story line moves with appropriate balance and emphasis, and the characters each have their own quality. Extremely pleasant to reconnect with the book in this way. I was going to read this to my granddaughter, and I'm a pretty good reader, but Inglis did such a fantastic job that I am now thinking that we will share listening to this audible together.
My sons and I like to listen to our favorite books on car trips. This is my 8 yo's favorite. The narrator does different voices that help the listener differentiate the characters without getting annoying. He also sings the songs, which are fun. (I usually skip over them when reading, but on the audiobook, they're quite delightful)
Both are good. The audio version is good if you are on the go.
Bombur, because he kept trying to recapture the dream he had in Mirkwood.
The only thing I didn't like was the singing of the songs. I would have rather them be read.
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