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The Hobbit Audiobook
The Hobbit
Written by: 
J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: 
Rob Inglis
The Hobbit Audiobook

The Hobbit

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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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    Anthony B. 06-04-14
    Anthony B. 06-04-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A total delight!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say that this audiobook is easily one of my favorites. As I have listened to well over 100 audiobooks, probably more than 200, I am not sure where to place this one. It should certainly rank within the top 20 or 30.


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

    My favorite interaction in the book was between Bilbo and Gollum, in pitch black darkness, beneath the goblin cave. That was one aspect of the scene that could not be conventionally conveyed in the film. It was in complete inky blackness.


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

    Inglis manages to make each character distinguishable without getting in the way of the story. It has been a while since I've given this audiobook a listen, and what I remember of the characters are the voices that my own imagination has assigned them. That is the mark of a proper narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was nothing particularly moving, but I was surprised as to how the characters were more driven by looting their ancient stronghold than they were in retaking it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good audiobook, but it does feel much simpler and a almost a little childish when compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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    Malena Heineman 05-15-14
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    "Wonderful Reading!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would certainly recommend this reading of "The Hobbit." Rob Inglis has the perfect voice for this story. He makes each character come to life, and sound just like you would imagine... Amazing!


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

    The singing, the accents, and the richness of the spoken word.


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

    No... too long for that.


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    Illia 04-29-14
    Illia 04-29-14
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    "Classic book, Excellent narration"
    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rob Inlis has wonderful voices for the characters. His general reading voice is pleasant and engaging.


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    Stephanie L. Thompson 04-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Perfect Reader for One of the Greatest Books"

    I had never heard of Rob Inglis before I purchased this book, so I was a tad nervous about actually going through with buying it, even though I desperately wanted to own The Hobbit on audio (it is by far one of my favorite books ever). I need not have feared -- Inglis is absolutely PERFECT as a reader for this story! He has a marvelously rich, deep voice that fits Tolkien flawlessly. There is a warmth that makes it feel almost like the most wonderful bedtime story of your entire childhood -- but Inglis likewise makes the darker portions even a bit darker. I think even Tolkien himself, that notorious perfectionist, would have been thoroughly pleased with Inglis as the reader.

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    Kristie SAVAGE, MN, United States 03-29-14
    Kristie SAVAGE, MN, United States 03-29-14
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    "Technical difficulties"

    Narration is fantastic, but for me the story was only somewhat interesting, probably because it was written more as a children's story.

    Also, note that the version I purchased had a section repeat itself with about 3 hours left in the book, which was the death knell for me. I couldn't bring myself to finish it after that.

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    Sasha Windsor Mill, MD, United States 03-25-14
    Sasha Windsor Mill, MD, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a lot of genres: sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, mystery, Shakespeare's, & thriller

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    "A great look at a historic book"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was up there with harry potter


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

    When Thorin died, that was a surprise


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

    Bilbo Baggins


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

    Yeah, I wanted to but I was unable to I had a lot to do.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cweth Chase, BC, Canada 03-21-14
    Cweth Chase, BC, Canada 03-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "it's as good as the hobbit!"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Throughout my whole reading life, a good book was measured against this one and its sequels... do I need to say more?


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    TENA PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 02-26-14
    TENA PITTSBURGH, PA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing Performance of a Great Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    I am relatively new to listening to audio books but Rob Inglis' performance was absolutely amazing. He made the story so much richer with his amazing vocal interpretation of the various characters. Each character had such a distinct voice, tone, and timbre that it sounded like a play happening on a stage.

    I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the performance and have already purchased the first book in the LOTR trilogy so I can continue listening to is performances!

    I read The Hobbit as a kid and loved the story but this performance made me love it even more!


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    A. Pirkola Detroit, MI USA 02-25-14
    A. Pirkola Detroit, MI USA 02-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Quite good but with some annoying sound artifacts"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Overall it was quite good, and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, there were frequent areas in the middle of readings where there had clearly been some editing of the recording and the result was a half second or less of complete silence (none of the white noise that otherwise existed across the background of entire recording). Every time such a silence occurred it was distracting to me. On the other hand I could see some people not noticing at all.


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    charles lubbock, TX, United States 02-19-14
    charles lubbock, TX, United States 02-19-14
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    "Dry and uninspiring"
    What did you like best about The Hobbit? What did you like least?

    I liked the book better. I didnt like the horrid singing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandalf. He's Gandalf


    How could the performance have been better?

    better voice. this guys was way to gravelly to effectivly distinguish between the different characters and he butchered every song he sung.


    Did The Hobbit inspire you to do anything?

    no


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