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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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    jolie CORVALLIS, OR, United States 11-12-12
    jolie CORVALLIS, OR, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Book"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    I would certainly try another Tolkien book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tolkien is a master of fantasy. He makes the fantasy world seem real. I also love how he puts some humor into his work.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I just found the accent sounded phoney and it did not sound natural.


    Could you see The Hobbit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    One of the reasons I listened to this book is the fact that the movie is coming out in December.


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    Robert 11-12-12
    Robert 11-12-12
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    "Loved it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Reading the book the songs have no melody and the story is a little slow at times. In the audio book, the songs are sung and the story seems to move on quickly and is hard to put down. Very enjoyable and a good preparation for the Hobbit movie.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit?

    The eagles.


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    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 11-12-12
    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 11-12-12
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    "Fantastic!"

    A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of Bilbo Baggins and his life-changing adventure. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!

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    fermpster 11-12-12
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    "Loved it."

    I love this whole series. It was well read, and it was a nice change to hear all of the songs sung instead of just read.

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    Marcus Farwell, Mi, United States 11-12-12
    Marcus Farwell, Mi, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A great Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the reader did a great job of keeping me interested on my way to work! His voice was great and non-intrusive. I had a few issues understanding what he was saying when he read Gullums part, however I think that will come with anyone reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo of course!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When it was over, I thought... now there was an incredible journey!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Seth Lemon Grove, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Seth Lemon Grove, CA, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The story that started it all!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    Bilbo just kept winning the day, it's been a long time since I read the book and I had forgotten how many times he saved his companions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tolkien definitely started the fantasy world building with this great work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Bilbo was taking on the spiders, it showed off his courage and willingness to fight for his friends.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There and back again


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    Chris Riverside, CA, United States 11-12-12
    Chris Riverside, CA, United States 11-12-12
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    "Definitive Interpretation of A Classic Story."
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Hobbit is one of the few books I "re-read" annually. The Rob Inglis is the preferred version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit?

    The psychological interplay between Bilbo and Smaug the dragon is witty, dangerous and fun.


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

    The tone of the Hobbit is more playful than the full Lord of the Rings Trilogy. But Ron Inglis handles both extremely well.


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

    Actually, breaking up the listening was enjoyable. It gave me a chance to relish the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The Ron Inglis version of the Hobbit has been the only audio book I have contacted Audible about to re-issue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Albion, MI, United States 11-12-12
    Leslie Albion, MI, United States 11-12-12
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    "Its the hobbit what can i say"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great books all of them , a must have for any collection


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say they all come alive in the books


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

    It is hard to put it down even after i have read them many times


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    jack Spring Branch, TX, United States 11-12-12
    jack Spring Branch, TX, United States 11-12-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "A great background for the trilogy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    Meeting all the characters and discovering the societal interactions


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept moving and evolved without repeating trilogy themes


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    The singing! He also did a great job of personalizing each of the characters through his inflection and accent


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Meeting Golem


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the movie now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Winston-Salem, NC, United States 11-12-12
    M. Winston-Salem, NC, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Hobbit, a real listening pleasure."
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, Audible is my new favorite way to "read" this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wonderful voice actor.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Command of various character voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Super Tolkien fan here, everything moves me.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the book silently and aloud (to my family) a number of times, but this is the best experience of it yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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