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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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    karen Springfield, Va, United States 11-05-12
    karen Springfield, Va, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love Tolkien!!"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Love it!! Wish I could turn up the volume though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Baggins!!


    Any additional comments?

    The volume needs to be louder over the whole book

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    Horner2 SPANISH FORK, UT, United States 11-05-12
    Horner2 SPANISH FORK, UT, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, well read"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books and I was pleased to get this with the Rob Ingliss reading. Top notch.


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    Kari Burgess-Watkins 11-04-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not for Adults"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to get into this audio book but it just seemed too elementary for my taste. It seems as if it were written to be on the 5th grade reading list at your local elementary school. I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies and will probably watch the Hobbit when it is released but the audio book was too painful to finish...

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    Richard greenville, NC, United States 11-03-12
    Richard greenville, NC, United States 11-03-12
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    "Unbelievably Addictive"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    As soon as I was done with it. I listened to it again. Its just so good.


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

    I love the mishap with the Trolls and of course Bilbo's interaction with Smog.


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

    Inglis does an outstanding job with all the voices. Its hard to believe he can do so many. I think I like Gandalf the best.


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

    I think I could listen to it all in one sitting, but its almost 12 hours and who has the time for that? Never the less, you don't have to listen to it all in one sitting to enjoy it properly.


    Any additional comments?

    It was amazing and I'm sure I'll listen to it again when I'm done with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy that is...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audrie HUMMELSTOWN, PA, United States 11-02-12
    Audrie HUMMELSTOWN, PA, United States 11-02-12
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    "Narrator Makes This Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    As someone who has read The Hobbit many times, it was a pleasure to be able to hear it while on long drives. My elementary-age son enjoyed it immensely. He has difficulty keeping engaged in things (ADHD) although reads short paragraphs at a high level. At first, he seemed as if he wasn't paying attention, but as the action rose, he started to ask me questions. This was great for both of us: I got to listen to good literature I'd previously enjoyed; he delved into something he previously would have ignored in print.


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

    Lord of the Rings, of course. Except a bit easier for young ones.


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

    The narrator was fantastic. He quickly and with great skill switched from voice to voice. His singing was superb. I, frankly, never read the songs all the way through in the print version. I actually heard their meaning this time.


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

    No, we intentionally used in the car over several days.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne MD Smith Sunland, CA USA 11-01-12
    Yvonne MD Smith Sunland, CA USA 11-01-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Perfect!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who has ever read the Hobbit will enjoy this. Rob Inglis was amazing.


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

    Rob Inglis has many "voices" and was very consistent. He sang beautifully.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Orangeburg, SC, United States 11-01-12
    R. Orangeburg, SC, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Revisit!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    It is a classic epic setting up for one of the most impacting fantasy series of all time.


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

    The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy set the genre and description of elves, dwarves, and most of the middle-earth persona.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Battle of Five Armies


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There and Back Again


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was EXCELLENT! It made the book absolutely come alive. The songs were sung! Poems read in rhythm. FANTASTIC!

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    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 10-31-12
    Bradford Omaha, NE, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Read it before the movie comes out"

    I had to admit I could only remember bits and pieces of the book having read it last over 30 years ago. Listening to the audiobook was just like having Tolkein reading a bedtime story to me every time I turned it on. Great narration (and not a bad singing voice) and the plucky story makes it timeless! I couldn't help but put the faces of the actors from the movie in as I imagined the tale unfold. I had forgotten just how delightful a tale The Hobbit is without the clutter of prose and mythology that bogs down Tolkein's other works.

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    Barbara BERGEN, NY, United States 10-25-12
    Barbara BERGEN, NY, United States 10-25-12
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    "Awesome audible"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    I had tried several times to read this book and failed to complete it. Listening to the voice of Robb Inglis was soothing, interesting and kept me very interested in the story. Thank-uo for the pleasure.


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    James Beverly Hills, CA, United States 10-23-12
    James Beverly Hills, CA, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Of course it was brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    When it comes to actually getting someone to sing the song of the dwarfs and the elves, it is something that simply cant be done in your head when reading it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A great journey, and a brilliant story.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Very steady, very rich timber in his voice. Perfect for dwarfs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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