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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Inglis' English accent adds to the tale that takes the story's hero over hill and dale. He sings the songs, so important to the story, with admirable voice. Children and early teens who have no background in British literature and culture would not be able to imagine the mood and tone of these songs. This makes the audio edition of The Hobbit better than the print version.
I compare Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to The Hobbit. They both involve the reluctant hero with a magical mentor, important friends, and lots of luck.
I would recommend it! It is a fantastic book. Great listen! Great story...great voice.
Buy it and see for yourself.
Just brilliant. The story of course, but the narration was exemplary! Songs are sung, names are said story is told. Just wonderful.
Our family drove 16 hours in the US pacific northwest over vacation. This book was so much more than a way to pass the time. It was an integral part of our vacation as we moved through fairy tale ferns, redwoods and waterscapes.
Yes - I particularly like the fact that the songs are song. So much better than reading words on a page
Clearly Bilbo. He is just full of surprises.
I bought The Hobbit to listen to on a 13-hour flight. However, the British narrator was so difficult to understand over the jet noise that I had to stop shortly after the story began. Not the writer's fault--I've read a lot of Tolkien's work--but it simply took too much effort to sort out what was being said. I haven't gotten back to it.
The Hobbit is right at the top of audiobooks I have read/listened to.
Our favorite character had to be Bilbo Baggins. One because we like saying his name but also because he had changed so through out the book. A change I believe was definitely a benefit.
I haven't listend to any other of Rob Inglis but this book was outstanding. The differences in the voices really kept my son interested.
Reading and listening goes straight into your medulla oblongota and you learn through thought memory. It's like being programmed into intelligence. If you read this, you just learned that the best gifts are free. Or One Credit... and that's kinda free.
A must read/hear if you're debating on whether or not to listen and diving back into Middle Earth. If you've only seen the movies (not counting The Hobbit movie), then there is no risk.
Fantasy story telling at its deliberate best. Slow, marching, your presence has to be earned and Tolkien rewards the reader with a complete stand alone story.
The narrator was sic!! And if my teen age daughter has it right, that's a good thing! Even his singing some of the elvish and dwarvish songs was well done.
5 stars across the board! Enjoy it with a pipe of Old Tobey!
Tolkien starts a story that holds you through to the end of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It would be hard to find a better story teller than Tolkien.
Rob Inglis' performance is worthy of the book, and brings the excellent story through to the listener.
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