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The Hobbit Audiobook
The Hobbit
Written by: 
J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: 
Rob Inglis
The Hobbit Audiobook

The Hobbit

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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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    Joe SHELBINA, MISSOURI, United States 01-08-14
    Joe SHELBINA, MISSOURI, United States 01-08-14
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    "Great Story Teller"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The adventure.


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

    Any type of book that has a long adventure with a hero.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    All of them. He did a wonderful job of creating sereveral kinds of sounds and voices to make sure the audience could understand who was speaking.


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

    No. Only because it was 20 hours long. Totally worth it tho


    Any additional comments?

    Ingles provides voice overs for every individual characters, and although some very similiar, he makes sure the audience understands who is speaking in any given conversation.

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    Eric Fort Washington, MD, United States 01-07-14
    Eric Fort Washington, MD, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I haven't listened to enough audiobooks for this rating to be relevant. It's as good as the others that I've heard.


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

    The Belgariad books.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Read the book well enough. His singing kills it for me though. After a few versus, you get the point. Songs seemed to be way longer than necessary, especially with the bad singing.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the singing...at...all.

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    Matthew Ruther Glen, VA, United States 01-03-14
    Matthew Ruther Glen, VA, United States 01-03-14
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    "Fantastic narration"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best, if I say so myself.


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

    The whole story is fantastic.


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

    Oh most definitely. It was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    The greatest work of J.R.R Tolkien.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-11-13
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-11-13 Member Since 2015

    Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.

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    "My favorite Tolkien book"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Already have listened to it 3 times. It is a great story


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite because the LOTR rings series got to in-depth to describing the world the book ended up boring me but the Hobbit never did.

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    Bethann McLaren Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-06-13
    Bethann McLaren Toronto, Ontario, Canada 12-06-13 Member Since 2015

    Farm girl, voracious reader, lover of wine & whiskey.

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    "I couldn't get into the narration"
    How could the performance have been better?

    Like many others, I love The Hobbit - it was one of my all time favourites as a child. I have read it multiple times and enjoyed it more with each reading. But, for some reason, I really didn't dig Rob Ingllis rendition of the book. I have a sneaking suspicion that this stems, not from any failing on Inglis part, but because my father bought us cassette tape copies of Nicol Williamson reading the abridged version of the Hobbit. Williamson is so incredibly talented and his narration so masterfully done that no one else ever compares. Also, one of my earliest memories is listening to his narration of the Hobbit and I have listened to it repeatedly since, even as an adult. It's not Mr. Inglis fault, but I just can't listen to anyone else read the Hobbit now, except my father, and he says I'm too old for that now!


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    Benjamin 12-04-13
    Benjamin 12-04-13
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    "obviously great.. nothing else to say"

    Narration is great. Although the story is not the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, it is nonetheless great. Full of fun adventures and familiar character tie-ins to the other books. This book is the Prequel to Fellowship of the Ring.

    I think this book was written for his kids, but i still enjoy it as an adult. Great for all ages.

    The Hobbit book is being split into 3 movies. I have watched the first one, and so far, they're keeping the story pretty close to the book.

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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 11-29-13
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 11-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A classic narrated like a stage play!"

    This was another splurge purchase when it popped up as a Daily Special. I'm glad I bought it. It's been many a decade since I read this book, and I forgot how good a story it is. Of course, it is a child's tale, but it is entertaining nonetheless.

    What made this really special, however, was the narration. I loved it! I do think, however, that this narrator will either be loved or hated by the listener, so be forewarned!

    If you'd like a trip down memory lane, pick this one up and give it a listen. You`ll be glad you did.

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    jenn 11-23-13
    jenn 11-23-13
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    "Can't go wrong with Tolkien"

    This book is more of a children's story than Lord of the Rings, which appeals to me more. That probably says something about me. That being said when making one's way through this story one can tell that Tolkien had some feelings about war, and conflict from his personal life. This is just one of those classic "must reads" when it comes right down to it. The narration in this version is great. Rob Inglis is really a bunch of fun to listen to.

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    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer Estacada, Oregon 11-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Todd W. Brown

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    "A classic by any other name."

    It is interesting to revisit a classic that you read in your youth. To revisit this story, it is easy to see how much of a foundation for ALL fantasy stories this one title is and will always be.

    In a day where so few of our younger people read, I feel sad that they miss creating the images n their own mind as this story unscrolls. While the movies are now leaps and bounds ahead of the animated version we saw as kids and were so enthralled by, there is still no substitute for reading it (or listening to it) for yourself.

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    Mollie United States 11-13-13
    Mollie United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally "read" The Hobbit"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    After having watched the film, I finally broke down and listened to The Hobbit. I have read the LOTR trilogy, and I have tried to read The Hobbit before, but I just couldn't get into it. Listening to it made the experience enjoyable. I finally found myself being engrossed by the tale.


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

    LOTR, of course


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked that the thunder battle and the stone giants turned out to be a part of the book!


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

    It's already a film!


    Any additional comments?

    At first, I found the narrator's Thorin and Gandalf voices to be very annoying. I almost stopped listening because I disliked the way he did these two characters' voices. However, after giving it enough time, I became accustomed to it.

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