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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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    Paul Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-01-13
    Paul Santa Fe, NM, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Still great after first reading about 50 years ago"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Graet morality tale


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

    Anything by Austrian economists because of the morality issues.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rob Inglis?

    Yea.


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

    No, I listen while driving, sometimes takes several days.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Gillette, WY, United States 12-24-12
    Scott Gillette, WY, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Someone PLEASE just narrate the book!"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    I would try anything from Tolkien but not if it was from this narrator! The deep gasping for air in between sentences was so irritating I had to stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo


    What didn’t you like about Rob Inglis’s performance?

    As stated above he would gasp for breath, there were many spots I thought it was a start of a gasping yawn it was so pronounced. The constant over dramatization of the story was rather confusing, I found that I had to really concentrate just to know what character was speaking.


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

    Ummmmm. Already a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this story as a child, probably read the book 6 times. I would LOVE if someone would choose to just narrate the book! The only versions I have found are dramatized and they are just to loud, confusing and become irritating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 12-19-12
    Colin atascadero, CA, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "LOTR it is not"

    While I have re-read Lord of the Rings several times as an adult, The Hobbit should have been left in my childhood. The plot is very disjointed with odd jumps in time that make the book feel abridged. In fact, I checked twice to be sure I didn't accidentally get the abridged version when entire seasons of the year were skipped without more than a line or two to mark their passing. LOTR is still one of my favorites but now I remember why I had never bothered to re-read The Hobbit.

    A note on the narration: While the narrator is quite good, the production value is lacking. There were several chapters where you can hear Inglis swallowing or smacking his lips after every sentence. Good performance let down by technical issues.

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    Alleyn United States 12-06-12
    Alleyn United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Prequel to Lord of the Rings"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    the Hobbit combines descriptive narrative with action.


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

    you could compare the Hobbit to Lord of the Rings, but you'd be wrong. The characters are similar, but the Hobbit is a simple story of travel and adventure. It's really like Huckleberry Finn. It's a journey of adventure and discovery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favorite scen was Bilbo in the caves of the forest elves


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

    I first read this book 40 years ago in my early teens. It was my earliest experience with fantasy. The audio version exceeded my expectations. It brought back memories of my childhood


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nate OREM, UTAH, United States 12-06-12
    nate OREM, UTAH, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    I like it better because I can listen to it while I'm driving to work, so I don't lose time like I would if I were to read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the Hobbit! It's a great story!!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Davis California 12-02-12
    R. Davis California 12-02-12
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    "Zzzzzzzz..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm only at chapter 4 or so, but if I don't have it at 1.5x or 2.0x (speed) Inglis puts me to sleep. He is frustrating and annoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I realize it's only one person doing all the voices and that can make things difficult... but his voices sound too similar from character to character, and many of the voices are rather ridiculous. Since I listen to this with headphones, his breathing and phlegm can be rather offputting.

    He pauses for long periods between stanzas of the songs, and even longer between chapters. These are dramatic pauses, but at times it seems he pauses to catch his breath.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Ontario, Canada 11-27-12
    Patrick Ontario, Canada 11-27-12 Member Since 2012

    I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.

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    "Outdated writing"

    I am a huge fantasy fan but the Hobbit has an old writing style meant to appeal to children yet full of violence and monsters. Tolkien is an incredibly original and talented person who put tons of detail and depth into creating middle earth (although most of the detail is put into the lord of the rings books). But just because this book is incredibly influential to all subsequent fantasy, it doesn't make it an interesting and compelling read. I struggled to get through this audio and it is only 10hours. I have high hopes for the movie though because the lord of the rings movies cut away most of the dryness of the books.

    Sorry I have no time for nostalgia, get this book if you do.

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    Brad Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-15-12
    Brad Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This takes me way back."
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Lots of singing.


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

    He did a good job of Golim.


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

    Brought me back to when is was a kid reading the book. Forgot about all the songs though. Rob Inglis performs them well but it is a bit annoying at times.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Lincolnton, NC, United States 10-10-12
    Paul Lincolnton, NC, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Hobbit is NOT a PREQUEL, It was written FIRST!"
    Any additional comments?

    Hey Audible, A Prequel is Written AFTER and existing work. Calling it a Prequel is ignorant.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Curt Vancouver, WA 10-18-12
    Curt Vancouver, WA 10-18-12 Member Since 2005

    I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.

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    "won't play on my ipod classic"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    I would like to listen to this book, but it locks up my ipod classic at the end of each chapter


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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