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.
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The narrator. I had a really hard time listening to his voice. And it was really difficult to differenciate between the different characters because he didn't really change his voice at all.
To be honest, this genre is a bit of a stretch for me to begin with. I woudn't mind trying a different book in this genre. It all just depends on the story, and the narrator.
Someone with a bit more variation in their voice. Perhaps also someone that doesn't have such a deep, gravelly voice. I'm not sure who that would be.
No. Mostly because I couldn't get into the story because the narrators voice was so difficult for me to listen to.
This might be a book that is better to read than to listen to.
I wish I could suggest that you see the movie instead, but that was boring, too. Bummer, I had high hopes for this one.
7 OF TOP 20
Smeagol he is a strange character and I like him
Great book! Must read!
Absolutely. The story is wonderful, and Rob Inglis is well chosen in his voice. You could imagine him as a wizard or dwarf king reading the tomes right from "There and Back Again."
Bilbo going down into the dragon lair. I was actually distracted listening to the story!
Deep, Rich, Melodic.
Welcome to Middle Earth, a land of discovery, mystery, creatures, and adventure. "Once you step out your door, there is no telling where you might end up."
Worth it. If I could advise one audio book for the free demo, this is it.
When the first movie came out, I decided to buy the Hobbit from Audible; I'd already heard and enjoyed it countless times, but I thought that now was the time to keep it. The plot is perfect, the characters immortal and the narration beyond compare.
The night where Bilbo and the Dwarves were staying in Beorn's house and they began singing that song. Inglis's perfomance was particularly spectacular there.
Inglis does an excellent job of giving each of the characters their own voice; you can tell Bilbo from Smaug, and Gandalf from Gollum without thinking twice. He is perfect
I always laugh whenever I hear the first song the Dwarves sing; "Chip the glasses and crack the plates...", and so on.
You can't have enough with just the Hobbit. The narration of LOTR MUST come next.
among the best ever.
other JRR Tolkien, of course.
perfect as usual--I love listening to him!
several times I both laughed out loud and cried. Engaging drama!!!
Absolutely love the story, as I love all of Tolkien's books. The narrator's performance completely killed it for me, though. I could barely stand to listen to it and in fact, have not finished listening for that very reason. Sad but true. Please, please find a different narrator and I might give listening another go.
Absolutely. It is so deeply engrossing and read in such an engaging manner.
The seeming incompetent Hobbit, learning there is more to him than he is even aware. He feels he's just a nice respectable Baggins who should just sit around and smoke his pipe and stay quiet and do nothing dangerous. It's nearly allegorical of the state of modern manhood. We're supposed to be good respectable and do just what those in the Shire expect of us (i.e. what society expects of us). BUT... that often includes forgetting we have a side that was meant to be adventurous... that was meant to be able to take up the sword and protect those closest to us... That we have a wild side (not wild in the negative sense, but wildly willing to leap to the challenges we must face and overcome by sheer force of our wildness). That Bilbo starts as a passive---for lack of the proper term---pansy, and he grows to a strong and capable character, always bring me comfort and a feeling that we too can throw off the shackles of a pansy-fied manhood and be something more like unto a hero. And, all that while keeping a civilized air about us. We don't have to be the dwarves with their gruffness. We can be the hobbit who remains a gentleman throughout, yet has not lost the wild inside.
If I could have... yes.
Worth the price any day of the week.
It has been over 30 years since I read this book. I am so glad I decided to revise it on audible. It is a great story and Rob Inglis is a wonderful job of narrating. It is a classic for a reason.
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