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
its a great book all around great performance and story. you can fall into the story it keeps you going waiting for what comes next.
The Lord of the Rings all three books, The elfstones of Shannara, The sword of Shannara
all five deal with fictial lands and guests for items.
he brings life to the story, I have both read the book and have listened to the book, everyone shoud read the book as well as listen to the book.
this book has different reactions all througout the book. you want to cry at times laugh at times
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.
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.
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.
I have been hearing a voice in my head as I've been reading this for 40+ years, and his is the voice.
I don't see how anyone could be disappointed with this editon of THE HOBBIT.
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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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.
Gandalf of course.
Every word of it. I'm a slobbering fan
Thank you so much for making this unabridged version available and for allowing it to whisper sink it back and forth with my Kindle
Yes, I would give him another shot. It's not his fault that the online profile was misunderstood by me.
Yes I would consider listening again. But not likely as I wasn't impressed.
He has a good voice and editor did a good job as far as I can tell, just not my thing.
So many Dwarfs, so little needing to be cut. I don't think I would cut any as someone might like the story, just not what I thought it was based on what I read.
I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones. This isn't similar at all. No ones fault I guess. Just a heads up.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Look, I know this is blasphemy, but I really can't stand J.R.R. Tolkien's writing. His imagination is unsurpassed, but his execution is poor, and anything but timeless.
Tolkien is unable to capitalize on the drama inherent in his story. It is a miracle that Peter Jackson was able to see the potential in this story and Lord of the Rings and turn them into the exciting, mature epics.
Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' feels undercooked, tame, and frankly, far too cute for the weighty subject matter within. Also, I find Tolkien's frequent forays into song-writing to be annoying and detracting to the narrative.
Also Tolkien's tale has far too many creatures speaking (spiders and birds speak perfect english, apparently). It has too many loose ends (the necromancer? did I fall asleep through the part where he plays any part?) . It has inconsistencies: The One Ring seems to have none of the seductive power that defines it in the Lord of the Rings.
Finally, I'm annoyed by Tolkien's Eagles which are his own personal deus ex machina.
In short: Good idea-- horrible exploration of that idea- terrible execution of that idea.
Skip it and wait for Peter Jackson to bring the story to life.
Love the story, No problem there.
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.
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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