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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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    Sara S. House Tigard, OR 11-05-12
    Sara S. House Tigard, OR 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love it!!!"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Great Book


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Exelent!!!!


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

    I could if I had the time. Rob does such a great job with all the voices.


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    Kerry Topeka, KS, United States 11-05-12
    Kerry Topeka, KS, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great performance by the narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, If you liked the movie the book will fill in much of the back story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Shaw Hurricane Country, Mississippi 11-05-12
    J. Shaw Hurricane Country, Mississippi 11-05-12 Member Since 2010

    Just an avid reader

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    "Exceeded expectations"

    Exceeded expectations. Poems read, songs sung. And not one word omitted. Have just started The Fellowship of the Ring based on this rendition of The Hobbit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 11-05-12
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent job!"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I will listen to it again several times I imagine because I will want to nuance it with the movies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor with Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves


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

    Gollum, Bilbo


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Chapter 5


    Any additional comments?

    The audio version with Rob Ingles is very good. Unabridged and available on audible. It's interesting how Tolkein gets into the psychology of dwarves who won't let go of their treasure. How much they are like us! We snoop right around with Satan's stuff and then you God uses some unlikely hero to save us from ourselves in spite of ourselves!

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Horner2 11-05-12
    Horner2 11-05-12
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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 Member Since 2012
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    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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