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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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    Jean F. Akin Upstate New York 11-05-12
    Jean F. Akin Upstate New York 11-05-12
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    "A wonderful story, and very enjoyable listening!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    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.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    G C Hogan Raleigh, NC, US 11-05-12
    G C Hogan Raleigh, NC, US 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best Narrations Ever"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    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.


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

    The songs from the dwarfs are wonderful, and Rob gives many characters their own voice, separate and distinct.


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

    I could have - but it is quite long!


    Any additional comments?

    A must for preteens and teens, wonderful for adults who never read it before (like me!).

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    Joye Louisville, KY, United States 11-05-12
    Joye Louisville, KY, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Comfort Read Just Got Better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    Rob Inglis brings the characters to life. His voice is wonderful and his dramatic acting ability superb. I enjoyed listening to this book immensely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book just got better with Rob Inglis and Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony United States 11-05-12
    Tony United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Incredible voice acting!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The same great story, read in a very entertaining way!


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    When he had unique and consistent voices for all 13 dwarves I was impressed.


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    Nathan Johnson Chattanooga, TN 11-05-12
    Nathan Johnson Chattanooga, TN 11-05-12
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    "Great reading of a great story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The reading feels authentic and as if the reader was a participant in the Hobbit/JRR Tolkien culture. It was great.


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

    I loved how alive it felt when Bilbo battled the spiders and saved the Dwarves again.


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

    His accent is perfect and he brings the songs to life.


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

    I did want to listen to this in one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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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