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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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    Elizabeth 01-14-13
    Elizabeth 01-14-13

    I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."

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    "An amazing performance"

    I couldn't have imagined, going into this, that one reader could do all of the many voices and songs in this book...but Rob Inglis did it all! Truly a masterful performance in every way.

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    Thomas G. Romano Houston, TX 01-14-13
    Thomas G. Romano Houston, TX 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Every Child's Heritage"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book to a friend because it is THE Tolkien story that started it all. Every child should have the opportunity to have The Hobbit read to them and every adult deserves to revisit this classic. With the release of the first Hobbit movie, there's no better time to bring new fans into the fold.


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

    The Hobbit is the book which gave new life to the genre. All others such as The Chronicles of Narnia, are the outgrowth of this new life.


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

    Yes. I have listened to his reading of The Lord of the Rings and he does a very admirable job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It’s a dangerous business going out of your door. You step into the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.


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    Frank 01-12-13
    Frank 01-12-13 Member Since 2012

    avid reader, on my way to avid listener. also an employee at Audible.

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    "Hobbit Hobbit Hobbit"
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    Finally, The Hobbit comes to Audible! This is my first time delving into this book in many years. I think I may have enjoyed it more in audio than I did in print. It's most certainly a story meant to be read aloud. It relies heavily on "storytelling" conventions. Listening to Rob Inglis feels like being a child again, hearing stories told by your grandfather while sitting comfortably at his feet. While it isn't as dark or gripping as The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (it can be rather goofy at times, though in an endearing way), it is a great story in its own right; a light prequel to the epic masterwork that followed.

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    SiSi Fremont, CA, United States 01-12-13
    SiSi Fremont, CA, United States 01-12-13
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    "Good Audiobook Experience!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was overall pretty good. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but once the adventure started it was good.


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

    Of books I've read, I'd say Eragon, since it's the only other big fantasy novel I've read before.


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

    No, I have not heard his other books, but his performance is quite superb and I've purchased The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring next!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure :)


    Any additional comments?

    overall a good experience!

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    Kindle Customer 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable Journey"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I definitely would. I read this book in high school and enjoyed it. The audio version was great and I am sure I will revisit The Shire again in the future.


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

    I really enjoy the scene with the trolls.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't make it into three films :)


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    Stevie BoomBoom United States 01-11-13
    Stevie BoomBoom United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Give me Classics!

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    "New life to a favorite childhood story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    The print version of "The Hobbit" will always have a special place in my heart, being my favorite childhood story. Saying that, it was fun to listen to the story with a new voice.


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

    Dwarves!


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

    Enchanting voice. Made me feel like i was right along side the 14 companions.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I believe they just did... "An Unexpected Journey."


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    Steven Helotes, TX, United States 01-11-13
    Steven Helotes, TX, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, but not perfect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this title, but the edits are obvious and sometimes detract from the listening experience. Some of the edits come in the middle of a sentence and are jarring.


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    Ronnie palermo, CA, United States 01-11-13
    Ronnie palermo, CA, United States 01-11-13 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy this time and consider it well spent exercising my imagination. I now have these other worlds to tell you about. I have value.

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    "just as I remember it"

    The book is as good as I remember it. Its been many years and a few movies since my first memories of it. The narrators voice was good for this kind of story. it actually got kinda creepy hearing his version of Gollum.I believe it was time and money well spent. Enjoy!

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    Deval 01-09-13
    Deval 01-09-13

    A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!

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    "Classic for a reason!"

    The hobbit is a classic for a reason. The story is well written and very imaginative. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good fun listen. The characters are well carved out, and the all other elements of the story are well thought of and keep the reader quite engaged. The narration is the best. I think Rob Inglis does a fantastic job with this. Hats off to him!!

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    Beth 01-09-13
    Beth 01-09-13
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    "Absolutely fantastic narrator of a fantastic story"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tops


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

    Hearing Smaug's voice


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

    So many -- he has a real gift for delivering distinct voices that are spot-on


    Any additional comments?

    Can't go wrong with this one -- I have ben reading The Hobbit all my life, and this is the ONLY dramatization (audio or video) that does it justice.

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