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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Never had a better listening experience. Rob Inglis took a wonderful story and made it magical for me. If you have never read The Hobbit...you should really listen to this production. If you already love The Hobbit.....you will love it twice as much after you listen to this.
The story is a classic and is performed very well by Rob Inglis. I couldn't recommend it more highly!
I love me some audiobooks
It's been YEARS since I read the novel and wanted to go through the book again before I saw the Peter Jackson rendition at the theater. After reading many positive reviews I decided to go the audiobook route and wasn't disappointed at all. I actually listened to it hours at a time while on vacation sitting outside several nights by a fire. Audiobooks always seem better when I listen to them sitting outside puffing on a cigar. If you like dark nights, a good cigar (or 2) and a good audiobook , then I highly recommend this version of The Hobbit.
Bilbo was the one character I related to the most.
These old stories always sound better with a British accent.
I always hate to have these stories end, especially when I've got at least 30 - 40 minutes to go on my cigar.
Like some other reviews stated, I thought the narrator was a little too cheerful in his presentation. I felt that there were times throughout the story that required a darker tone. This is a minor issue though.
Of course when I found out that there was going to be a movie about the hobbit i just had to get the book and listen to it before i go see the movie. The book was fantastic I've listen to it three times in the past couple months and have enjoyed it immensely. This is now my new favorite book to listen to. Great story and narrated very well.
Bilbo was my favorite. He started out as a normal person who just wanted to be left alone and was content with that. As he went on his adventure and was introduced to new things it transformed him into a hero.
He played Smaug very well. Always enjoyed that part of the story.
I always enjoyed the part were Bilbo was teasing the spiders and showed the dwarfs the bravery he could posses.
This is one of the top audiobooks I have listened to.
The retelling of this story with the poems recited and the songs sung by Rob Inglis was a pleasure to hear.
No, I have read and re-read this story since the early 70's, although it has been some years since I last did so.
Unlike The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I listened to this with all my kids and they just love Rob Inglis' narration of the cast of characters , he even shines in singing. Fell in love with Bilbo Baggins and had to listen again.
Yes, Great story and told well
Always liked Bilbo!
yes, if it recorded better
It has 4.
There is just so much white noise. I can't use my good headphones b/c the white noise is outrageous especially for the first 5 minutes
Magical, adventerous, nostalgic
I think Bilbo Baggins can be compared to any hero/heroine that doesn't see themselves as such. Harry Potter has been all the rage in my house for more than 10 years and he struggles with the same self doubt that Bilbo does-all the while conquering evil!
What do the Misty Mountains hold?...
I admit I can't read Tolkien. I've tried, several times, but I just can't get the hang of his writing style. However, having someone else read the book to you is a whole different story and it was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the narration.
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