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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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.
Just an avid reader
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.
I will listen to it again several times I imagine because I will want to nuance it with the movies.
The humor with Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves
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!
Love it!! Wish I could turn up the volume though.
The volume needs to be louder over the whole book
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