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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Tolkien's books were made for unabridged recordings and Rob Inglis' version has stood the test of time. Glad to see it finally available on audible. Now on to LOTR.
Each character had its own voice which is quite remarkable of the voice talent since there are at least 14 characters to get down.
Bilbo. It was great seeing his journey, from being sort of thrown into the adventure to deciding to stay to impressing Thorin.
I loved how each dwarf had their own voice without Mr. Inglis having to resort to odd tricks (different pitches or accents) to distinguish them.
I get this book to prepare for The Hobbit movie and was not disappointed, though the movie does vary from the book. Both stand on their own and are wonderful.
The story. The narrator. The characters.
He brings the characters to life and adds inflection to the story that you do not get just reading
No, but no books are for me.
I read this book as a young adult and now again at almost 50. I am loving the story now as much, or more, than I did back then.
This reading of The Hobbit has been great for my grandsons to listen to while traveling for school events
Tolkein's character development is so good that the inhabitants of the book seem real.
The descriptions of the characters and their dwellings.
been there done that
I only give five starts to books that I enjoyed so well that I know I’ll listen to them more than once. There’s so little time and so many books, that doesn’t happen very often.
This story has been around a long time and the movie only revs up the interest in the story. The full, unabridged story is the way to go.
I'm a stay-at-home mom and I like to listen to books while I clean.
The Hobbit is a classic. If you are a lover of epic fantasy or a fan of Tolkien, this audio book is well worth your purchase. Tolkien's style can be a bit dry for some, or tedious: with his love of poetry and tendency to over describe landscapes.
I personally find the style endearing and warmly familiar, but it isn't for everyone and even for me I have to be in a Tolkien mood.
For those who might find the style to be difficult reading, an audio book is an ideal option.
However, if you're a fan of epic fantasy, unless you (like me) listen to audio books as something to distract while seeing to other tasks (jogging, household chores, etc) then I would recommend sticking to your hard copies!
The reader isn't bad, but I personally find his tones to be a bit dull and the rhythm of his voice makes me sleepy.
The chance to listen to a book which I had previously only read for myself was a nice surprise. Very well done performance.
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