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
I love this title, but the edits are obvious and sometimes detract from the listening experience. Some of the edits come in the middle of a sentence and are jarring.
I enjoy this time and consider it well spent exercising my imagination. I now have these other worlds to tell you about. I have value.
The book is as good as I remember it. Its been many years and a few movies since my first memories of it. The narrators voice was good for this kind of story. it actually got kinda creepy hearing his version of Gollum.I believe it was time and money well spent. Enjoy!
A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!
The hobbit is a classic for a reason. The story is well written and very imaginative. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good fun listen. The characters are well carved out, and the all other elements of the story are well thought of and keep the reader quite engaged. The narration is the best. I think Rob Inglis does a fantastic job with this. Hats off to him!!
Hearing Smaug's voice
So many -- he has a real gift for delivering distinct voices that are spot-on
Can't go wrong with this one -- I have ben reading The Hobbit all my life, and this is the ONLY dramatization (audio or video) that does it justice.
I would listen again. Rob did an excellent job with the voices of the different characters. He nailed gulum. Great job!!!
I enjoyed the entire book from cover to cover, so to speak
Not sure if I could pick just one.
Already picked. There and back again.
To each his own..They both tell a story in a different way.So listening to the way it was told and how it was vivifyed was amazing. Very good job......
Watching the whorer that took over the hobbit's home when the guests started coming.....
Ican't say which was best.
It brought out many emotions
way above my expectations
No. And my own subjective opinion clouds the issue. I am not a huge fan of a narrator using distinct voices. Just read me the book. He does a good job but goes off the deep end a couple times and some characters sound similar. Which in turn is distracting. Plus there are some songs in this book that I love while reading but are VERY difficult to do in an audio version. It comes across all wrong (at least to me) and again pulls you out of the story.
Not sure. But it is a great simpler introduction before tackling Lord of the Rings trilogy.
English, deep, serious.
No extreme emotions. Just a good yarn. Wanted more detail in some parts. The final battle seems to be missing some moments. Like Tolkien just got tired and said this is good enough.
I don't think LOTR and JRR Tolkien is for everyone. But I enjoy a good fantasy story. And this is the genesis of all modern fantasy. It is good to revisit the source from time to time.
I love the narrator's dynamic reading. His rendition of the dwarf songs added a layer of magic to the book that one can only get by listening. (I always skipped the songs in my readings because I am not musically inclined).
I'm rather fond of Gandalf the Grey. I think he embodies boldness, grit, and wisdom that engages my attention in new ways each time I encounter this story.
I have not, but I found this one enjoyable.
No extreme reactions, but it was great fun.
An engrossing performance of a timeless classic. Rob Inglis brings the story, and the world of Middle Earth, to life!
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