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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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    Chirstopher CHATHAM, MA, United States 12-19-12
    Chirstopher CHATHAM, MA, United States 12-19-12
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    "Keep listening! You will be rewarded at the end!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    I would say that this book takes me out of myself and brings me into an adventure.


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

    Definitely the riddles were memorable, but the end of the book was so poignant, and deep with wisdom.


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

    Rob Inglis's recordings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is the best audio book in the market I think. It literally changed my life.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me cry at the end of the book.


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    Kathryn A Pyle 12-19-12
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    "I've been spoiled by the Trilogy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The book itself - it is a good story.


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

    Lord of the Rings, of course. This is a good book, although it does not grab my attention as well as the trilogy.


    What aspect of Rob Inglis’s performance would you have changed?

    A little faster cadence. His voice on the songs bothered me, but I think that is more related to the story and length of songs, rather than anything on the narrator's part.


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

    No, it is more of an adventure novel, and I certainly was not looking for inspiration or emotional connection.


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    Brody OLEAN, NEW YORK, United States 12-19-12
    Brody OLEAN, NEW YORK, United States 12-19-12
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    "Good Stuff!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I read it just to get it in before the movie came out... so should you!


    What did you like best about this story?

    he did an awesome job over all.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read/listen. Inglis' voice does the book justice.

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    Shawn 12-19-12
    Shawn 12-19-12
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    "Fantastic book with a lot of heart!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Hobbit ranks highly among all the audiobooks I've listened to thus far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the sense of adventure the story brought. It also had fully realized characters that you cared about.


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

    Rob brings a terrific voice to the story that is unparalleled. He brings each character to life with his voice. Each character feels distinct from one another.


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

    My favorite part was the riddles with Gollum. Creepy and excellent.


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    Donna Wickenburg, AZ, United States 12-18-12
    Donna Wickenburg, AZ, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator made great book even better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Nice way to escape into a fantasy world.


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

    The Harry Potter series narrated by Jim Dale. The stories are unique and wonderful but the narration brings them to life.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    The voices were good, but the extra special aspect for me was his singing of the old dwarf and elf songs. Such a nice surprise!


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    Jared FOSTER, OREGON, United States 12-18-12
    Jared FOSTER, OREGON, United States 12-18-12
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    "Entertaining."
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The best part of the story is the adventure you can imagine your self in. Great story line.


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

    When bilbo baggins gives up a very important stone in order to try and regain peace


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

    Rob differently makes the story more interesting with his ability to bring in very distinct character voices.


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

    Already a film.


    Any additional comments?

    Reading, or listening its a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shaun 12-17-12
    Shaun 12-17-12
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    "What you expect."
    Any additional comments?

    The story is what you expect from Tolkien. Well written with some poetry added in. The narrator was pretty good.

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    kristina 12-16-12
    kristina 12-16-12
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    "a favorite, still"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, this is a wonderful story that I find new elements in each time I listen or read it.


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

    Gandalf.


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

    No, I have read this and listen too it at times when I am looking for a quiet and reflective mood.


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    Tara MORROW, OH, United States 12-16-12
    Tara MORROW, OH, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was my first experience with an audible and a recorded book. I received a subscription as a Christmas gift and choose The Hobbit, given that the movie was coming out. I have read The Hobbit at least 4 times prior over the years but absolutely loved listening to Rob Inglis bringing it to life. I must say that as much as I liked the movie, despite all its changes, I loved listening to the book more.


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    Eric 12-16-12
    Eric 12-16-12
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    "Awesome!!!"

    You can’t go wrong with unabridged Tolkien. Inglis gave a superb performance. I was entertained from beginning to end.

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