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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    S. Glanzer Utah 01-22-13
    S. Glanzer Utah 01-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Doesn't get better than this"

    This is an amazing story perfectly performed. If you enjoy fantasy, this is the holy grail.

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    Sarah S. Moore Oregon 01-22-13
    Sarah S. Moore Oregon 01-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Listen"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    Magical story, kept me enthralled


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo of course


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

    For the most part, easy to listen to


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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint was the readers singing. The melodies put me off me enough I wanted to turn HIM off during his songs.

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    Paul 01-21-13
    Paul 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pretty Good Narrator, Classic Story"

    Not much surprising on the story front, though it is interesting to listen to after watching the movie, to see how things changed and what was adjusted. The narrator is really quite good, and sings the songs quite nicely, which helps a fair bit with the feel of the story.

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    Rebecca Wallowa, OR, United States 01-21-13
    Rebecca Wallowa, OR, United States 01-21-13
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    "Awesome read!!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The Hobbit has always been a favorite. The reading by Rob Inglis brought it to life in new ways!!


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

    Check out the "Lord of the Rings Trilogy"


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    I love Rob's voice...it fits well with Hobbits, Dwarfs and Wizards!


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    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 01-21-13
    Barry Burnsville, MN, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2008
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    "timeless story with a great reading performance"

    Even more fun then when I read it over 30 years ago, and when I re-read it for my kids 15 years ago. I grabbed this one on sale and wanted to re-read the story before seeing the 1st movie (which I still haven't done). Very good performance.

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    Haden Lancaster, KY, United States 01-21-13
    Haden Lancaster, KY, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic Book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a story for all ages. It's full of Goblins and Elves and all sorts of other magical creatures. It really is impossible to say "I'm to old for this," when reading the Hobbit.


    Any additional comments?

    I watched the LOTR movies and read a snippet of The Hobbit in school several years ago. I new, from reading that small excerpt that I wanted to read the book in its entirety.

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    Todd Bradley Denver, CO 01-21-13
    Todd Bradley Denver, CO 01-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "great reading of a classic"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first Audible.com book I've ever listened to, so it's also the best ever.


    Would you recommend The Hobbit to your friends? Why or why not?

    This unabridged version is long, and if you are a Tolkien fan, you'll love that. But it took me literally weeks to listen to the whole thing. So if you're looking for a quicker experience, you might want to look for an abridged version.


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

    The narrator has a great voice, perfectly suitable to the material.


    Any additional comments?

    After a few hours of listening, I grew a little tired of how Rob Inglis tried to give each character a different voice. It sounds great, but it was inconsistent and a little distracting. I think I would have more enjoyed it if it were all read "straight".

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    Andy beaver falls, PA, United States 01-21-13
    Andy beaver falls, PA, United States 01-21-13
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    "Great story"

    The Hobbit is a great story. It is exciting and fun. It is great for the whole family. If you are looking for a fantasy adventure get the Hobbit.

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    Natalie Sandy, UT, United States 01-20-13
    Natalie Sandy, UT, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A classic nicely done"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    This is a beloved classic that serves as the basis for some of today's fantasy


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Bilbo finds the ring and outsmarts Gollum


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have heard several audio versions of the Hobbit from an abridged one for kids to a BBC version with some accents so thick it was hard to understand in places. This version is nicely done: clear, lots of expression, and easily distinguishable characters. The only drawback is the author speaks quite quickly. This was easily remedied by choosing a slower reading speed on my kindle.

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    Adult Reader in Calgary Calgary, Canada 01-20-13
    Adult Reader in Calgary Calgary, Canada 01-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best narration of fiction I've ever heard"

    Rob Inglis deserves some major awards for his reading of this book. In addition to the Hobbit itself being even better than I remember (I last read it thirty years ago), Inglis's performance is thrilling. He is the *perfect* narrator for the Hobbit. As soon as I finished it I picked up the full Lord of the Rings audiobook series narrated by Inglis as well because I already know they're going to be great.

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