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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I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Good performance. I listened to the book 2 weeks before the release of the movie. This book is a lot more fun when you're in the 4th grade vs. being 42. The movie does a good job of following the book.
Interesting, enjoyable, great
When Bilbo was talking to the dragon
I love being read to , Rob Inglis has a great voice and I can listen to a good book while crocheting or knitting. So I am getting to of my favorite things a one time. crafting and reading a book.
when the leader of the dwarfs died.
I did read the Hobbit years ago--hearing it on audiobooks was great! I had forgotten much of it. We listened to it in the car on a 10 hr trip from MI to NC over Thanksgiving weekend. I was a little disappointed at first with the audio-reader's initial Gandolf voice inflection. Sounded weak and a bit befuddled to me. I did however notice that it evolved through out the reading of the book and took on a more "wizardly" persona as the story progressed.
If you see the movie after you listen to the book you will note the movie takes a lot of artistic liberties to tell the story on screen----knowing the real story helped me enjoy the movie. It was ok that it was not a literal interpretation of the book.
A great story but can be painfully slow at times. So much detail like full songs can wear on the listener after a while.I felt myself saying "get on with the story". That being said this is a must listen for anyone who knows of the stories of JRR Tolkin. Also consider how long ago this book was writen.
Great character voicing
I'm not a big reader so I can't really answer this.
His voices for different characters really sucks me into the story. He makes all of them come alive in my mind.
The Unexpected Journey, can't go wrong with Tolkien's own words.
I was very happy to find the function that increases the narrator speed. Some of the pauses were quite long and I was feeling a bit anxious for him to continue.
...I just didn't think the hobbit was the end all be all. I thought I would listen to this before the movie came out. What happened was - my mind wandered the whole time I was listening. It just didn't grab me and put me at the edge of my seat. However, I was able to figure out what I needed to pick up from the grocery store and make several to-do lists while I was supposed to be listening to the Hobbit.
I totally enjoyed listening to this book. I read it many years ago and over the years I stopped reading but am now addicted to listening. This is a great listening book.
Putting books on the back burner.
I never read any of these books when I was a child. What was I thinking? I'm in my late 30's now and it's like I missed a big portion of my childhood of fantasizing of Hobbits. I plan to read the next three books to try to catch up. Great story and awesome singing from the narrator. Just wondering how many classics that I missed. I have no desire to watch the movie because it might ruin my imagination of the book.
Listening to the book was a fun experience. The reader really brought The Hobbit to life.
Author Terry Brooks is the best comparison I can make.
I loved all of the characters.
They made the film. A tag line I would use is, experience Tolkien in another adventurous form the audible book.
I enjoyed listening to The Hobbit that I'm going to buy the rest of the audible books from the trilogy.
I've just listened to The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, and Rob Inglis' readings make me forget the Peter Jackson movies and remember my own imagined versions from reading Tolkien as a child. He performs the voices marvelously, and his singing is wonderful, rich and mellifluous. For yourself or a Tolkien fan, these are the perfect audiobooks. Buy them immediately! You won't regret it.
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