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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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    J. Booth Shreveport, LA USA 01-04-13
    J. Booth Shreveport, LA USA 01-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Great adventure narrated with great spirit"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    adventure, classic, overcoming


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

    It's hard to compare Tolkien to other books, as his writings are often the inspiration for many other great adventure stories.


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

    I loved that Rob Inglis sings Tolkien's songs! When I read the book before, I found myself scanning the written verses, but it was a real joy to hear them sung as Tolkien intended.


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

    If anything it restored a great sense of joy that I felt the first time I ever read the story. There's just something about a little person of no consequence becoming the unlikely hero of a great adventure story.


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you've read this book before, like I have, this book is worth the listen. Rob Ingles manages to distinguish the voices of the 13 dwarves, the hobbit, Gandalf and does an excellent Golum. His singing of the songs in the book is the real icing on the cake of this well written and narrated story.

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    Laura tulsa, OK, United States 01-04-13
    Laura tulsa, OK, United States 01-04-13
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    "wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    The Hobbit is a delightful story, and the narrator's soothing voice is simply wonderful to listen too. I loved hearing all the songs sung, it made the story even better than when I read it years ago. All of this makes the book better to listen to than to read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite thing about this book is Bilbo Baggins. I love the hobbits in all the books. I find myself wanting to sit by the fire and have tea with him and gandalf.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cant possibly pick just one scene as my favorite! The whole book is magical.


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    David flagstaff, AZ, United States 01-04-13
    David flagstaff, AZ, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen!"

    I don't know how many times I've read the book. This was the first listen to an unabridged reading. It is still great. I'm somewhat prepared for the movie.

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    Robert SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 01-04-13
    Robert SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Got to love the Unabridged version."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique voices for all characters, that he sang poems and songs.


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

    Rob Inglis is a great story teller and brought all characters to life.


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

    Follow the story! Hint Hint Peter Jackson.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book and wanted to listen to it before I saw the movies so I had a fresh memory of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Flynn La Grande, Or United States 01-03-13
    Patrick Flynn La Grande, Or United States 01-03-13 Listener Since 2010

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    "Great to have a classic in my audio library"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, even if you have read The Hobbit, Inglis' performance is spot on, excellent pacing, he brings Tolkien's songs to life.
    Those who have seen the Peter Jackson movies may be a bit put off by the difference in accents of the characters (although I feel Bilbo is coincidentally similar to Freeman and Holm's voices) especially the dwarves and elves. But if one keeps in mind that this recording was done before the movies were made, people will get over it.


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

    In regards to the audio recording specifically is the scene in the mountain when Bilbo meets up with Gollum, the writing and dialog is very rich, and performed very well, and for those who have read all of the Lord of the Rings books, the weight of future events is hinted at slightly in these scenes.


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

    A wonderful voice and performance. Was able to pull off all of the various characters, although almost all of the dwarves sounded the same, but Tolkien usually lets us know who is talking.
    Inglis has a regal voice, being noble when it is needed, very common when called for. His baritone singing voice does great justice to Tolkien's songs, even though he is not a professional singer, it sounds as if Thorin and the group were standing in my dining room singing!


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

    13 dwarves, a wizard, and a Hobbit, what could go wrong?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. NOBLESVILLE, IN, United States 01-02-13
    C. NOBLESVILLE, IN, United States 01-02-13

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    "The Perfect Listen BEFORE Watching the Movie"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    This is Tolkien's best book and the audio version does a good job telling the tale that sets up the three-volume extravaganza which is the Lord of the Rings.


    Did Rob Inglis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Rob Inglis did a great job with the voices but there were clear cuts in the audio and his need to take a deep breath broke some of the flow for the listener.


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    Willis Sandy, UT, United States 01-02-13
    Willis Sandy, UT, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I have. This book is the epitome of fantasy and adventure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How it went from one action packed event to another.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job with the different voices. He seemed to always be on par with the situation.


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

    Just how it seemed that Gandolf always seemed to be steering the group even before the onset. It lends to the fact that he had other motives in mind.


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    Freddy Fritz Tampa, FL USA 01-02-13
    Freddy Fritz Tampa, FL USA 01-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"

    This was the first time that I read The Hobbit, and followed by listening to The Hobbit on audio as well. I thoroughly enjoyed both versions.

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    Anthony 01-02-13
    Anthony 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book and the performance was well done"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the story more in audio form than written. The narration helped the story come alive for me. I haven't read this in years and wanted to hear it again before I saw the movie. I wasn't disappointed.


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

    Yes


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    george United States 12-31-12
    george United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.

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    "It's alright"

    Good performance. I listened to the book 2 weeks before the release of the movie. This book is a lot more fun when you're in the 4th grade vs. being 42. The movie does a good job of following the book.

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