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
I will listen to it again several times I imagine because I will want to nuance it with the movies.
The humor with Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves
The audio version with Rob Ingles is very good. Unabridged and available on audible. It's interesting how Tolkein gets into the psychology of dwarves who won't let go of their treasure. How much they are like us! We snoop right around with Satan's stuff and then you God uses some unlikely hero to save us from ourselves in spite of ourselves!
Love it!! Wish I could turn up the volume though.
The volume needs to be louder over the whole book
This is one of my favorite books and I was pleased to get this with the Rob Ingliss reading. Top notch.
I tried to get into this audio book but it just seemed too elementary for my taste. It seems as if it were written to be on the 5th grade reading list at your local elementary school. I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings movies and will probably watch the Hobbit when it is released but the audio book was too painful to finish...
As soon as I was done with it. I listened to it again. Its just so good.
I love the mishap with the Trolls and of course Bilbo's interaction with Smog.
Inglis does an outstanding job with all the voices. Its hard to believe he can do so many. I think I like Gandalf the best.
I think I could listen to it all in one sitting, but its almost 12 hours and who has the time for that? Never the less, you don't have to listen to it all in one sitting to enjoy it properly.
It was amazing and I'm sure I'll listen to it again when I'm done with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy that is...
As someone who has read The Hobbit many times, it was a pleasure to be able to hear it while on long drives. My elementary-age son enjoyed it immensely. He has difficulty keeping engaged in things (ADHD) although reads short paragraphs at a high level. At first, he seemed as if he wasn't paying attention, but as the action rose, he started to ask me questions. This was great for both of us: I got to listen to good literature I'd previously enjoyed; he delved into something he previously would have ignored in print.
Lord of the Rings, of course. Except a bit easier for young ones.
The narrator was fantastic. He quickly and with great skill switched from voice to voice. His singing was superb. I, frankly, never read the songs all the way through in the print version. I actually heard their meaning this time.
No, we intentionally used in the car over several days.
Anyone who has ever read the Hobbit will enjoy this. Rob Inglis was amazing.
Rob Inglis has many "voices" and was very consistent. He sang beautifully.
It is a classic epic setting up for one of the most impacting fantasy series of all time.
The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy set the genre and description of elves, dwarves, and most of the middle-earth persona.
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The narration was EXCELLENT! It made the book absolutely come alive. The songs were sung! Poems read in rhythm. FANTASTIC!
I had to admit I could only remember bits and pieces of the book having read it last over 30 years ago. Listening to the audiobook was just like having Tolkein reading a bedtime story to me every time I turned it on. Great narration (and not a bad singing voice) and the plucky story makes it timeless! I couldn't help but put the faces of the actors from the movie in as I imagined the tale unfold. I had forgotten just how delightful a tale The Hobbit is without the clutter of prose and mythology that bogs down Tolkein's other works.
I had tried several times to read this book and failed to complete it. Listening to the voice of Robb Inglis was soothing, interesting and kept me very interested in the story. Thank-uo for the pleasure.
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