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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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    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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    A.Reader Wine Country, California 01-17-13
    A.Reader Wine Country, California 01-17-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Magical"

    If you are not yet an Audible.com member, this is enough incentive to get you started. The reading by Rob Inglish is as magical and intriguing as the story itself.

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    David COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 01-17-13
    David COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States 01-17-13 Member Since 2012

    David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna

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    "A bit bored..."

    This is a well known novel, but it was my first introduction to the story of the hobbit. We were planning on going to the theatrical version of the story (currently in theatres) and I just wanted an idea of what the story was like before heading to the movie. That being said, I thought the story was okay, but not as fast paced as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I found that I was day dreaming during parts of the book and didn't really end up missing much. But the narrator, Rob Inglis, was very good. Even though this wasn't my favorite book, I'd say it's worth your credit. Interesting story & good narration... it just drags a little.

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    Amy CORALVILLE, IOWA, United States 01-16-13
    Amy CORALVILLE, IOWA, United States 01-16-13

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    "Loved LOTR, Just Not As Exciting"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Probably not. For being a shorter audio book, it seemed to drag.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Speed it up!


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job voicing the characters and expressing their emotions.


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    Charles 01-16-13
    Charles 01-16-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not middle of the road in Middle Earth."
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    A seemingly "nobody" is chosen to go on a journey. He becomes the invaluable piece of the group. In the end, he is not the same person as when he started out on this journey. He becomes a hero and his life is changed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the transformation of Bilbo from a coward into a hero.


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

    I loved is use of different voices for each character and his singing of the songs.


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    Angela Saint augustine, FL, United States 01-16-13
    Angela Saint augustine, FL, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not my normal genre, but loved it"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, the story was fantastic and presenter perfect for the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was really like I child's fable for adults


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

    Absolutely brilliant presentation...


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