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.
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Yes, the story was fantastic and presenter perfect for the story
That it was really like I child's fable for adults
Absolutely brilliant presentation...
Fantasy book review
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.
Love the story, plus the movie is coming out, and we wanted to catch up on the story.
Already has the follow up books it needs
I really like the story, and wish that the audio was better!
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,
I will stick to Steven King or an author that is a little faster.
singing and many voices.
it is a classic.
It is just so classically written. Good and evil. The little guy wins. No pun intended.
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.
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.
No. I split this up over a few weeks because the theme can get old sometimes.
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!
So many details to recall.
Lord of the rings; it's the prequel.
The rhymes, singing and riddles were spoken with great excitement
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.
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.
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!
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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