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
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a classic. The first novel I ever read, it began for me a love affair with the literature of the English language that has lasted my lifetime. I have read it at different times in my life, each time discovering something new. I have read it to my children, and I hope one day to read it to my grandchildren. I have truly enjoyed having Rob Inglis read it to me. He has a wonderful voice, does a great job with the different characters, and even sings all the songs. If, by chance, I cannot be there to read The Hobbit to my future children or grandchildren, then I can trust this Audible edition to stand in for me.
I wouldn't say it is better, per se, but it complements it extremely well. Robert Inglis is amazing.
The deep and rich characters and world that Tolkien has created.
This is equally as good as The Lord of the Rings, which is to say, excellent.
Bilbo's last moments with Thrain.
The Hobbit is an excellent, if long-winded tale and Rob Inglis does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. The songs are an unexpected treat. This performance makes The Hobbit much easier to read than a traditional book.
J.R.R Tolkien wrote characters we can sympathize with, laugh with and laugh at. We feel repugnance toward some of them, and a deep respect for others. The Hobbit is multi-layered tale, and well crafted, exciting, funny...even moving. Adults can enjoy it because it is written so beautifully. Children can enjoy it because there is so much action, so much bravery as well as treachery, that even if they don't understand each and every word, there is little chance of young people becoming bored with it.
Rob Inglis has a deep, rich voice, and he has a great knack for adapting character's voices to fit them perfectly. His diction was clear and there was never a time when I didn't understand what he said due to mumbling.
This is a classic story with vivid imagery, fantastical realms and plausible events. The story is wonderful, full of adventure and action - and even though I listened to it after the Lord of the Rings, it was wonderful to see Bilbo's origins. A really, really good story, great for kids and adults.
The songs from the dwarfs are wonderful, and Rob gives many characters their own voice, separate and distinct.
I could have - but it is quite long!
A must for preteens and teens, wonderful for adults who never read it before (like me!).
Rob Inglis brings the characters to life. His voice is wonderful and his dramatic acting ability superb. I enjoyed listening to this book immensely.
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is my comfort read. Books I enjoy over and over again, never get tired of and always makes me smile.
I like the scene near the end when Bilbo gets frustrated with the dwarfs of the Lonely Mountain refusing to negotiate with the men and elves and takes matters into his own hands.
A great book just got better with Rob Inglis and Audible.
The same great story, read in a very entertaining way!
When he had unique and consistent voices for all 13 dwarves I was impressed.
The reading feels authentic and as if the reader was a participant in the Hobbit/JRR Tolkien culture. It was great.
I loved how alive it felt when Bilbo battled the spiders and saved the Dwarves again.
His accent is perfect and he brings the songs to life.
I did want to listen to this in one sitting.
It takes me back to when I was a kid listening to my Mom read it to me. I loved this book then and I love it still.
I could if I had the time. Rob does such a great job with all the voices.
Yes, If you liked the movie the book will fill in much of the back story.
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