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The Hobbit Audiobook

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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    Susan Tok, ALASKA, United States 03-19-13
    Susan Tok, ALASKA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A timeless classic"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    I have always enjoyed this book; I did not, however, care for this particular narration.


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    Tomoguisuru 03-18-13
    Tomoguisuru 03-18-13
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    "Great for long drives"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The narrator Rob Inglis did a great job of distinguishing the characters using a variety of voices


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo of course. He's constantly saving the dwarves from a variety of problems using his wits as his weapon of choice.


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    R. Wakeman Florida 03-18-13
    R. Wakeman Florida 03-18-13

    Rose

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    "Great story!"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I might listen to it again, but not anytime soon. There are so many other good books waiting to read/listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Bilbo. He just kept plugging along, and was committed to his friends on the journey.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    No way. It was too long. I listened to it while I was out walking, so basically, I would listen in one hour increments.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Blakstar columbia, md 03-18-13
    Blakstar columbia, md 03-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Jonathan

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    "Excellent"

    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.

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    Timothy P. Jones PA 03-18-13
    Timothy P. Jones PA 03-18-13

    keepupwiththejones

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    "Another great Listen"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    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.


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    Benjamin Madison, SD, USA 03-18-13
    Benjamin Madison, SD, USA 03-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Story but extremely slow Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Frank 03-17-13
    Frank 03-17-13
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    "Great story"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    A fantastic story that I grew up with.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    One of the best narrators that I have heard. He makes you feel like you are a part of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 03-13-13
    Sandra Sierra Madre, CA, United States 03-13-13
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    "Beautiful!"

    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.

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    Leah Smith 03-11-13
    Leah Smith 03-11-13

    pink toes

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    "Wonderful Narrator for a Timeless Story"
    Any additional comments?

    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)

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    Amazon Customer Bozeman, MT 03-11-13
    Amazon Customer Bozeman, MT 03-11-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Nice listen."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    Both are good. The audio version is good if you are on the go.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bombur, because he kept trying to recapture the dream he had in Mirkwood.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I didn't like was the singing of the songs. I would have rather them be read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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