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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Very well written story with a great level of character development and distinction from the reader. I enjoyed it from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone.
It's nice to hear the story come alive in an audio edition.
There is enough going on to keep the story moving
The first exchange between Smaug the Dragon and Bilbo Baggins
After reading The Lord of the Rings I see the scenes with Gollum and Bilbo differently.
Dramatized versions are great but there is nothing quite like the original story itself.
Of course, the story is a classic. However, the narration spoiled it for me. There were noticeable gaps in the dialogue. It didn't flow. Plus, the narrator kept switching accents and emphasis such that I couldn't tell which character he was trying to be at any given point.
No, I was confused a lot of the time. There were a lot of characters, but I kept thinking one of the dwarfs was speaking when it was supposed to be Bilbo.
Growing old is compulsory, growing UP is optional!
Yes, one of the best readings I've ever had the pleasure to listen to.
Rob Inglis actually sings the songs!
Yes, especially the first time Rob actually sang one of the songs.
Even after the blockbuster movies I'm still tempted to get Rob Inglis's readings of LOTR.
Awesome, Clean, Adventure.
the hobbit can sometimes been long too read, but Rob Inglis makes it an absolute pleasure.
My favorite character performed by Rob Inglis was Gandalf.
It made me laugh and really feel the tension of the exciting points.
I am so glad that audible finally offers the only decent version of J.R.R.'s books. Thank you so much!
I am a one time English major, a lifelong reader, gardener, culinary experimenter, and fiber arts artisan. A perfect day for me is spent working with my hands while listening to an absorbing book. I love history and horticulture.
It's been about 40 years since I read the Hobbit in high school. In preparation for seeing the movie, I thought I would listen to the book, and enjoyed doing so. It's not quite as exciting as I remember, but that, I think is the result of my more recent familiarity with the Lord of the Rings movies, and the Harry Potter books and films. For someone who loves the English language and folklore, it is not to be missed. Hearing the songs sung, which I probably just skipped over, and the descriptions of landscapes and histories of the folk who people this tale are evocative of British roots and half forgotten history.
In terms of fiction, near the top.
Too hard to say.
Again, too hard to say.
Again -- just too hard to choose one.
Listening to it in its entirety was a treat, just as spellbinding and hard to put down as the book.
The story is very good, as most people are aware already. But this narrator it seems was born to tell it. Great voices, great narration, Inglis and Tolkien go together beautifully.
The Hobbit is my favorite.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because I read both of them in 5th grade and have never forgotten the magic they made me feel.
Gandalf. Rob Inglis was a PERFECT Gandalf.
An excellent adventure!
I haven't read The Hobbit for over 20 years, but I remembered how much I loved the adventures Bilbo and the dwarves experienced on their quest. Listening to Rob Inglis read the story transported me back to my childhood with all of the thrills and chills I experienced then. A great performance!
Rob Inglis as always does a fantastic job on this classic Tolkien work
It stands alone.
The battle of five armies
When Thorin and the other dwarfs leave the mountain to join in the battle of Five armies.
A must listen to book for anyone who has enjoyed The Lord of the Rings, or any fan of Tolkien.
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