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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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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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    Jerry Gagnon 10-16-12
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    "Near perfect performance"
    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rob Inglis performs the novel in such a way that each character comes alive, true to their original form, at least in my mind. A great book made better by a great narrator.


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    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 10-16-12
    David I. Williams Keithville, LA, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    Thirty years ago I read the Hobbit at the age of eight. I have read it countless times since then. I purchased this audiobook version on cassette tape about ten years ago. Of course tapes were torn up, then tape decks disappeared. When I joined Audible in 2007 I hoped that this series would come along soon. I downloaded these as soon as they were available on the site. Listening to them is like visiting an old and dear friend. I spent my childhood and teenage years deep in Middle Earth. I am so happy to be able to listen to them again.

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    Clarice 10-15-12
    Clarice 10-15-12
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    "Amazing!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The story is one that is so simple and linear, but the characters so complex and appealing that they can relate to so many different readers. It is a true classic.


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

    I have been hearing a voice in my head as I've been reading this for 40+ years, and his is the voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't see how anyone could be disappointed with this editon of THE HOBBIT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin 10-14-12
    Dustin 10-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Glad to finally have it on audible"

    I loaned my CD audiobook version out and never got it back. I'm so glad to finally have it on audible where I can always access it.

    This Hobbit is one of my favorite stories and this has to be one of, if not the best audiobook out there. Rob Inglis is simply amazing! If you love fantasy, adventure, hobbits, elves, dwarves, or just a feel good book, this is a must have in your audiobook collection.

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    So Cal Photo San Clemente, CA 10-14-12
    So Cal Photo San Clemente, CA 10-14-12

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    "It doesn't get better than this"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    I purchased the audio edition and the Kindle edition both. I love having both and being able to go back and forth I've been looking forward to this Audible unabridged version for some time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandalf of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Every word of it. I'm a slobbering fan


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you so much for making this unabridged version available and for allowing it to whisper sink it back and forth with my Kindle

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    Kindle Customer Portland, OR United States 03-09-14
    Kindle Customer Portland, OR United States 03-09-14

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    "Downloading"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    Love the story, No problem there.


    Any additional comments?

    The Audio Book is not downloading in my Kindle. The Book is there & I see the audio portion is Queued but no status bar is showing and it is just not downloading. I'm finding it very frustrating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 02-07-14
    sam shreveport, louisiana, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "How Did This Become So Influential?!"

    I'll start off by saying that this is by no means a necessarily bad novel, but nor the great novel so many claim it to be.

    I went I to this expecting an epic quest for treasure, but quite frankly it was more like reading about a group of Boy Scouts on a camping trip! No seriously, Gandalf would be the scout master, and Bilbo would be the whinny scout who needs to grow a pair. Tolkien's writing tended to meander and good off on tangents, and many a time I wondered when the hell we were getting to the point.

    Frankly, I think that "it was a fine and blustery day in the hundred acre Shire" might have been a more appropriate begging. I was half expecting Pooh and Tigger to jump out at any given point. I'm beginning to understand what Michael Moorecock has against Tolkien.

    Tolkien clearly didn't think to highly of his readers, I could practically feel the talking down to; in fact many a sentence felt much like this: "Bilbo was in danger. Can you say danger? Very good!" And what of the narrator? Why, he was absolutely perfect for this novel, which actually counts against it as that only served to highly Tolkien's lackluster writing.

    Well, clearly Mr. Tolkien was wise not to quit his day job, but what of the story itself. On the whole I'd say it was nothing special, but nothing average either. I know this is the grandfather of many modern fantasy novels, but even taking that into account I still can't see how this is possibly so highly regard and widely praised. It even boggled the mind to think so e of the knock off are worse than this, but to be fair, like I said, this is just an average/ mediocre novel.

    I'm inclined to be done of Tolkien, but to be fair I might give The Fellowship of the Ring a try just to see if Tolkien improved. However, judging from the bits I've seen, it's nothing but a pile of Epic Pooh.

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    Max Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 08-24-13
    Max Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 08-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice fairy tale"
    Would you recommend The Hobbit to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not as all my friends are over the age of 10.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a pretty good childish fairy tale as it was intended by Tolkien for his own kids. I wish I've read it when I was under the age of 10. Presently, however, I've overgrown it a long time ago. Still it provides solid base for Tolkien's later famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. Didn't like the narrator for the audiobook, Rob Inglis, so much. Too dry and insipid for my taste.

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    daniel Sacramento, CA, United States 06-23-13
    daniel Sacramento, CA, United States 06-23-13
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    "Could have been better"
    What would have made The Hobbit better?

    I think I would have enjoyed it more if all of the narrators voices didn't sound the same. I found it hard to follow who was speaking.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. R. R. Tolkien again?

    Probably not. All of his stormiest are pretty much the same. Plus once you've seen the movies you know how the story ends.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If there were multiple people reading the different parts I think I would have been able to get into the story more.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    At first I was on Thorin's side. I felt bad that he lost his homeland in such a way. But when he finally regained it he completely changed and I found myself rooting against him.


    Any additional comments?

    I am still skeptical about the whole book on tape thing. I love to read but I'm not sure how I feel about being read too. I will stick with it though and give it another chance.

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    Paul Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-01-13
    Paul Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Still great after first reading about 50 years ago"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Graet morality tale


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

    Anything by Austrian economists because of the morality issues.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Inglis?

    Yea.


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

    No, I listen while driving, sometimes takes several days.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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