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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Daniel 01-14-13
    Daniel 01-14-13
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    "Better than the movie(s)"

    After seeing the Hobbit movie, I was left with the unsettling feeling something was missing. As soon as Inglis began reading, I remembered what it was: The Hobbit has a sweetness and optimism. It's really not the first book of Lord of the Rings, a much darker and more serious tale. The very lighthearted Hobbit stands on its own, and Bilbo's main contribution is his buoyant spirit. The plot of the Hobbit is not particularly important -- again, unlike LOTR -- but the storytelling is great. And the greatest of these pleasures is Inglis's beautiful singing of the songs. Whether it's an elf ballad or a goblin taunt, the songs are the best part of this audio book. Highly recommended, especially if like me you hadn't read the Hobbit in many years.

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    TMG Nawth Flawda 01-14-13
    TMG Nawth Flawda 01-14-13

    Unrepentant headbanger

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    "Great Introduction to Tolkien"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook was one of the best I've listened to up until now.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader kept the story moving and was very entertaining.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He did the character voices very well.


    Any additional comments?

    My family listened to this on long car drives during a recent trip and it was very engaging for my 10 year-old son. He wanted to listen to it every moment we were in the car!

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    Christine 01-14-13
    Christine 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story Wonderfully Read!"

    I decided to revisit the original story before seeing the movie. Didn't have time to read it so I got the Audio version for my commute. Great fun! I haven't read it since I was 14 so it was great to see it holds up even for the jaded adult.
    My grandson has my old Kindle so I loaded it on to his Kindle (he is 9) for him to listen. He loved it and has listened to it over playing games or watching videos.
    Great fun story beautifully told!
    I recommend this version over the dramatic readings that have been abridged.

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    Brian Valparaiso, IN, United States 01-14-13
    Brian Valparaiso, IN, United States 01-14-13
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    "Amazing Book and Performance"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent Exciting Adventure


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

    Inglis is absolutely amazing, he uses unique but not distracting voices for the characters and does an excellent job with the pronunciation of Elvish and Dwarvish words. He brings the songs to life and the performance overall is outstanding.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely recommend seeing the movie before reading/listening to the book. In my opinion, if you already know the story, the movie will just be frustrating.

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    Michael Marietta, GA, United States 01-14-13
    Michael Marietta, GA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic tale, beautifully read (and sung)"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again. I read The Hobbit as a pre-teen in mid-1970s and enjoyed it. I wished to read the book again before viewing Peter Jackson's film, released in late 2012. With limited time for reading, I bought the audio book to listen to during my commute to and from work.

    The story was as imaginative and exciting as I remembered it as a boy. I enjoyed the audio book even more than the book. Why? As a boy, I found the many songs rather boring and skipped them. But Rob Inglis sings the songs in this recording, really bringing them to life. It added a whole new dimension which I quite enjoyed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's easy to get lost in the fantasy, yet there's more to the book than an interesting narrative and characters. The Hobbit is a morality tale in which human flaws and higher qualities are represented in the character of dwarves, hobbits and dragons. We learn that true happiness is found in simple pleasures and friendships, not in hordes of gold and jewels.


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

    He does a particularly wonderful job reading the voices of the dwarves.


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

    Plot Spoiler Alert: I was more struck in reading the book as an adult than when I last read it as a boy with Bilboa's willingness to forego promised treasure in order to help negotiate a peaceful outcome to the conflict between dwarves, elves and men.


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    Elizabeth 01-14-13
    Elizabeth 01-14-13

    I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."

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    "An amazing performance"

    I couldn't have imagined, going into this, that one reader could do all of the many voices and songs in this book...but Rob Inglis did it all! Truly a masterful performance in every way.

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    Thomas G. Romano Houston, TX 01-14-13
    Thomas G. Romano Houston, TX 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Every Child's Heritage"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book to a friend because it is THE Tolkien story that started it all. Every child should have the opportunity to have The Hobbit read to them and every adult deserves to revisit this classic. With the release of the first Hobbit movie, there's no better time to bring new fans into the fold.


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

    The Hobbit is the book which gave new life to the genre. All others such as The Chronicles of Narnia, are the outgrowth of this new life.


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

    Yes. I have listened to his reading of The Lord of the Rings and he does a very admirable job.


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

    It’s a dangerous business going out of your door. You step into the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.


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    Frank 01-12-13
    Frank 01-12-13 Member Since 2012

    avid reader, on my way to avid listener. also an employee at Audible.

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    "Hobbit Hobbit Hobbit"
    Any additional comments?

    Finally, The Hobbit comes to Audible! This is my first time delving into this book in many years. I think I may have enjoyed it more in audio than I did in print. It's most certainly a story meant to be read aloud. It relies heavily on "storytelling" conventions. Listening to Rob Inglis feels like being a child again, hearing stories told by your grandfather while sitting comfortably at his feet. While it isn't as dark or gripping as The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (it can be rather goofy at times, though in an endearing way), it is a great story in its own right; a light prequel to the epic masterwork that followed.

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    SiSi Fremont, CA, United States 01-12-13
    SiSi Fremont, CA, United States 01-12-13
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    "Good Audiobook Experience!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was overall pretty good. I had a hard time getting into it at first, but once the adventure started it was good.


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

    Of books I've read, I'd say Eragon, since it's the only other big fantasy novel I've read before.


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

    No, I have not heard his other books, but his performance is quite superb and I've purchased The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring next!


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

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure :)


    Any additional comments?

    overall a good experience!

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    Kindle Customer 01-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable Journey"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I definitely would. I read this book in high school and enjoyed it. The audio version was great and I am sure I will revisit The Shire again in the future.


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

    I really enjoy the scene with the trolls.


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

    Don't make it into three films :)


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