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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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    xterrian prairieville, LA, United States 02-26-13
    xterrian prairieville, LA, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A delight to jump back into the world of Tolkien!"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes because I was sad when the journey ended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo, without a doubt, because he did what he had to do not what was easy or comfortable for him.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't. I hope he does more. He did a great job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just when it ended. Like Bilbo, i was longing for more after it was over. It is a great story.


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    sonya United States 02-26-13
    sonya United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant book Brilliantly narrated"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Easily the best narration of any of the books I've read. And of course the classic story needs no introduction. A modern classic of the English language.


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    michael 02-26-13
    michael 02-26-13
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    "great story telling"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Iv only listened to the the one. So I cant say. But it is great entertainment.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    The fellowship of the rings


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings it to life! Almost as if I was with them on there quest.


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

    Yes. But it was far to long. Great for late nights by the fire.


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    Lisa 02-26-13
    Lisa 02-26-13 Member Since 2011

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    "WOW! If you ever wondered what the big deal was!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    Rob Inglis is masterful in narrating and bringing to life this classic masterpiece!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All


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

    Yes! I actually own this in CDs but purchased this for my son to listen to. But I remember my husband and I listening and staying up late spellbound.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever wondered what the big deal is about the Hobbit or tried to read it as a youngster...get this audio! It, along with the LOTR audiobooks are my favorites!

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    Carmen Athol, ID, United States 02-26-13
    Carmen Athol, ID, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Top Notch"

    I love listening to books. It has given me the ability to devour books without the guilt of sitting for hours. Bilbo Baggins was my companion on vacuuming, dishwashing, laundry folding and he made it effortless. This is not the usual genre I choose, but as I have heard that JRR Tolkien is a wonderful writer I decided to try it out. His writing style is flawless, he has a command of the english language like few others. The performance by Rob Inglis brought each character to life. It was a vivid and amazing adventure. I enjoyed it so much that my aversion to Lord of Rings was washed away and I can't wait to start listening to it tonight (while I am waiting for my boys to finish karate practice.)

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    Linda Leeper 02-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "totally entertaining"

    Listened to The Hobbit after seeing the movie to get a better understanding of the characters. It was fun to use the imagers from the movies to put with the characters and their voices. The reading was excellent. I had only read children's Tolkien books so it was fun to hear an unabridged version and to understand why they are such great classics.

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    David 02-25-13
    David 02-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good performance of a classic"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to The Hobbit again. Mr. Inglis did a very good job with his performance
    of a classic book. It was at a good pace and the voices kept it interesting.


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    Jason Camas, WA, United States 02-25-13
    Jason Camas, WA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Revisiting Bilbo"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, Imaginative, Clever


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bilbo represents the part of us that timid, consumed with his creature comforts, and unwilling to take risks. We then see the spark of adventure ignite, and he leaves his comfort zone and learns things about himself and his world he would have never otherwise known. I find that incredibly inspirational.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    Bilbo Baggins


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I've read, seen, heard this story many times before, so my reactions weren't so dramatic- but this retelling of it did provide something unique. I enjoyed it immensely.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read this as a child, saw the 1978 animation, revisit this audio book before seeing the new movie- your experience will be greatly enhanced.

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    tpatjones109 PA, USA 02-25-13
    tpatjones109 PA, USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Less singing more reading"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I'm sure that the songs have some significant part in the story - but the performance of the songs left me flat and I found myself fast-forwarding through them.
    Other than that - and the overacted voicing of the different characters - I found the story to be solid and well written.

    Given the voicing on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is done by the same person, I will likely not be purchasing those books. I'm sure the books are great - but i just can't take listening to the performer for that long...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perseverance


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None in particular - though the ending scene was pleasing


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

    No


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    arlene Brackendale, BC, Canada 02-25-13
    arlene Brackendale, BC, Canada 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding narrator!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The narrator's ability to change his voice for the numerous characters in this book is simply amazing. All of us were so surprised and impressed with narrator that we wouldn't hesitate to listen to any books he narrates.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit?

    We were totally impressed with the narrator's ability to change his voice for the various characters. Outstanding job...


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    all of them were great!!


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