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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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    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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    Bethia W. Wright Utah 01-16-13
    Bethia W. Wright Utah 01-16-13

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    "Great Story, Not so Great Narrating"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My husband and I listen to audio books while driving across the desert, which is something we do often to visit family. We were only able to listen to about an hour of this story before I had to stop. The narration was so dull that I couldnt focus on the story. We had to continue to rewind it to find what was said.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Love the story, plus the movie is coming out, and we wanted to catch up on the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

    Jim Dale


    Do you think The Hobbit needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Already has the follow up books it needs


    Any additional comments?

    I really like the story, and wish that the audio was better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Simi valley, CA, United States 01-15-13
    Christine Simi valley, CA, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too Slow"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Story just could not keep my attention when listening in the car. The narrator was excellent but there was too much singing and such for my taste. Each to his own,


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will stick to Steven King or an author that is a little faster.


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

    singing and many voices.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it is a classic.


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    J. Hansen Utah 01-15-13
    J. Hansen Utah 01-15-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Classic story!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    It is just so classically written. Good and evil. The little guy wins. No pun intended.


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

    Works by C.S. Lewis. It is a little too simple to be compared directly to The Lord of the Rings series even though they happen in the same world and have some of the same characters.


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

    I haven't heard his other works but he does a great job. The songs aren't my favorite, but that is just my preference.


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

    No. I split this up over a few weeks because the theme can get old sometimes.


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    richard Arlington, VA, United States 01-15-13
    richard Arlington, VA, United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfect Rendition"

    While I have always been disappointed that Tolkien chose to write this tale as a children's story, I bow to its elegant simplicity of plot and complex development of background and character. We see the seed of the greatest adventure trilogy in English planted and flourish. What is really impressive, however, is Rob Englis' narration which catches every nuance of mood and shade of personality. A phenomenal execution!

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    Fram Marietta, GA, United States 01-14-13
    Fram Marietta, GA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great listen"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    So many details to recall.


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

    Lord of the rings; it's the prequel.


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

    The rhymes, singing and riddles were spoken with great excitement


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PineappleLollie Signal Mountain, TN, United States 01-14-13
    PineappleLollie Signal Mountain, TN, United States 01-14-13
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    "Stunning Adventure"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I would listen to The Hobbit again. The sweeping settings are mesmerizing, and the irresistible gallery of characters make you wish you could listen to it all in one setting.


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    Joan St. Clair, MI, United States 01-14-13
    Joan St. Clair, MI, United States 01-14-13
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    "Ponderous narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I bought the kindle book because it took forever for the narrator to get into the story. The narrator's style was too slow for me, sort of like listening to an "Ent". I found my attention wandering so I bought the book which I enjoyed very much, like meeting an old friend after a long separation because I was reading it for the second time. The first was when I was 12 years old.


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    Jody Warrick TN 01-14-13
    Jody Warrick TN 01-14-13

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    "Definitely worth a reread!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love the Tolkien stories and LOVED the Hobbit.. Listened to this in the car everyday to and from work and made my trip something to look forward to!


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    Daniel 01-14-13
    Daniel 01-14-13
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    "Better than the movie(s)"

    After seeing the Hobbit movie, I was left with the unsettling feeling something was missing. As soon as Inglis began reading, I remembered what it was: The Hobbit has a sweetness and optimism. It's really not the first book of Lord of the Rings, a much darker and more serious tale. The very lighthearted Hobbit stands on its own, and Bilbo's main contribution is his buoyant spirit. The plot of the Hobbit is not particularly important -- again, unlike LOTR -- but the storytelling is great. And the greatest of these pleasures is Inglis's beautiful singing of the songs. Whether it's an elf ballad or a goblin taunt, the songs are the best part of this audio book. Highly recommended, especially if like me you hadn't read the Hobbit in many years.

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