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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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    Jennifer United States 11-15-12
    Jennifer United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loving it!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I read this before and I love the story. The storyteller has a fantastic voice for this type of genre and does a great job with all of the voices including the singing. I've heard a lot of bad singing in the past that makes those parts awkward to listen to, this was great, actually it was better than reading the song.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandalf. He's Gandalf, thats why!


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

    Gandalf.


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

    Gandalf?


    Any additional comments?

    ...Gandalf

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    C. Olivolo California 11-13-12
    C. Olivolo California 11-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An exceptional Audiobook!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    Considering that these books have been favorites of mine for years, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the Audiobook and how much I enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different voices.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think I like it when the Bilbo sneaks away from the mountain to meet with the others and bargains away the Arkenstone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. del Rio United States 11-13-12
    G. del Rio United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2014

    i like cheese.

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    "exceptional narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    actually yes. I usually read print when ever I can but supplement with audio. in the case of The Hobbit, the narrators performance was so exceptional, I actually preferred to listen to him read the book than my own plain English brain's interpretation. This was especially truer when it came to the singing parts of the story.


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

    yes, I looked for opportunities to listen, e.g. I walked extra long just to listen more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. D. Waks 11-13-12
    J. D. Waks 11-13-12 Member Since 2012

    jddubu

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    "Andy Serkis almost"
    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He does all the voices, they are all different and they are all AMAZING. He's also a fantastic singer and gives each song a different melody. Rob just completely rocked out and made this a book I would much rather listen to than actually read.


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    Cecelia Greenwood, SC, United States 11-13-12
    Cecelia Greenwood, SC, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Narrator"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    Even though this is an old story, Rob Inglis breathed new life into it with his awesome narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure from the start was exciting and never dull.


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

    His character acting was phenomenal.


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

    When Bilbo made it home and they were selling his things. That was sad.


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    11-13-12
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    "Fantastic re-telling of this classic!!!!"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I could easily listen to this tale again and again. Masterful reading.


    What did you like best about this story?

    J.R.R. Tolkien is truly the master storyteller. His imagination and depth of vision has made Middle-Earth a foundation for other great stories.


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    K. Hable 11-12-12
    K. Hable 11-12-12
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    "Worth a reread."
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, The Hobbit is a delightful story and each time I hear it I enjoy something new. I haven't read this since high school in the late 70's. I wanted to get it fresh in my mind before the movies come out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo is my favorite character because he presses on even thru his fear and overcomes fear to be great.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will look for his work again.


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

    Yes, I was angered at how ungracious the dwarfs were and how quickly they forgot they owed their lives to Bilbo's quick thinking.


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    jolie CORVALLIS, OR, United States 11-12-12
    jolie CORVALLIS, OR, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Book"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    I would certainly try another Tolkien book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tolkien is a master of fantasy. He makes the fantasy world seem real. I also love how he puts some humor into his work.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I just found the accent sounded phoney and it did not sound natural.


    Could you see The Hobbit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    One of the reasons I listened to this book is the fact that the movie is coming out in December.


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    Robert 11-12-12
    Robert 11-12-12
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Reading the book the songs have no melody and the story is a little slow at times. In the audio book, the songs are sung and the story seems to move on quickly and is hard to put down. Very enjoyable and a good preparation for the Hobbit movie.


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

    The eagles.


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    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 11-12-12
    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 11-12-12
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    "Fantastic!"

    A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of Bilbo Baggins and his life-changing adventure. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!

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