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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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    Cynthia Independence, OH, United States 12-03-12
    Cynthia Independence, OH, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Best Audible so far"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Hobbit is my favorite.


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

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because I read both of them in 5th grade and have never forgotten the magic they made me feel.


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

    Gandalf. Rob Inglis was a PERFECT Gandalf.


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

    An excellent adventure!


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read The Hobbit for over 20 years, but I remembered how much I loved the adventures Bilbo and the dwarves experienced on their quest. Listening to Rob Inglis read the story transported me back to my childhood with all of the thrills and chills I experienced then. A great performance!

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    Jay Sparta, NJ, United States 11-30-12
    Jay Sparta, NJ, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Classic for adults and children"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    Rob Inglis as always does a fantastic job on this classic Tolkien work


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

    It stands alone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle of five armies


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

    When Thorin and the other dwarfs leave the mountain to join in the battle of Five armies.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen to book for anyone who has enjoyed The Lord of the Rings, or any fan of Tolkien.

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    Amazon Customer USA 11-30-12
    Amazon Customer USA 11-30-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A Perfect Rendition of Bilbo's Great Adventure"

    I highly recommend the purchase of The Hobbit. This is an excellent version of a high-fantasy classic which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by those who frequent Middle-Earth as well as newcomers to Tolkien (if such a person actualy exists). I had previously purchased the BBC radio version for my son, but thought I would give this single-reader edition a try. I am thrilled to report that it was well worth the price. The reader, Rob Inglis, gives an outstanding performance. It is always clear which individual is speaking, which is tricky for a book with so many characters involved in a highly detailed storyline. I was immediately swept away on Bilbo's great adventure, and enjoyed every minute of the story, even though I can practically recite along. Now I plan to purchase the LOTR audiobooks as read by Inglis. I am certain to listen to them over and over again.

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    Doug Oglesby Apex, NC, United States 11-30-12
    Doug Oglesby Apex, NC, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A family favorite of ours for decades"

    Rob Inglis does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, and there is much material for him to work with. I am always struck by how deep and complex the Hobbit is every time I revisit it, even if the focus is more towards a younger audience than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You can see a real arc in the characters' personalities, and it provides a perfect background for the following books.

    A single bump (and this is true for all of the Tolkein books read by Inglis) is the fact that Inglis sings all of the songs in the book in their entirety, with hit-or-miss results. This is more Tolkein's fault than Inglis', because you just can't avoid them in an audiobook, and Inglis is a reader, not a composer. The songs in the Hobbit are more silly than the ponderous Anglo-Saxon poetry in the LotR, and you can't miss it by the third verse. But that is a very small ding to an otherwise fantastic book and an excellent reader.

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    Tim Keyser Cedarburg, WI United States 11-30-12
    Tim Keyser Cedarburg, WI United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic tale classically told."

    I enjoyed remembering reading this back in high school and how great a story this is.
    I have been waiting for the unabridged reading for some time.
    I think I will be trying to listen to this every year.
    Great story only thing I would change is the singing of the narrator. I think the singing might be better served by different types of voices for the different races. I do not think elves should sound like dwarfs when they sing. I was a good effort but kind of took me out of the story.

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    Bryan PROVO, UT, United States 11-30-12
    Bryan PROVO, UT, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Captures the spirit of the book"
    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Inglis does an amazing performance.

    It's hard not to compare every character's voice and performance etc. w/those in the Peter Jackson films, but even then Rob Inglis still manages to hold his own against them—and this was decades before the story became as famous as it is now.


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    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 11-29-12
    Kevin SPRING, TX, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not the best, but essential"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandalf - his powers and full story have always been a mystery and are quite interesting.


    What three words best describe Rob Inglis’s performance?

    British Slow So-so


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

    Actually - after reading this a second time I realize how annoying dwarves are, which makes Bilbo the Hobbit all the more likeable.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story and good performance. I could hear Rob Inglis breathing quite a bit which was distracting at times.

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    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 11-28-12
    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 11-28-12

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    "Well worth it"

    The Book (Story) itself is beyond reproach. The performance is extremely good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world.

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    Melissa Mukilteo, WA, United States 11-28-12
    Melissa Mukilteo, WA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic - A great way to experience the story!"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Magical.
    Transformative.
    Wondrous.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoy the narrator character of this story. The book is set up as somebody telling you the story, and the narrator often adds funny little side comments throughout. This keeps the story fun and engaging.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The dwarves first coming, uninvited to Bilbo's hobbit hole makes me laugh every time, regardless of how many times I've read it!


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

    *SPOILERS*
    Bilbo and Thorin reconciling at the end of the story is a very moving scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, and a wonderful reading! Rob Inglis adds so much to the story, and really makes it come alive.

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    Nate Kaysville, Utah, United States 11-27-12
    Nate Kaysville, Utah, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Novel with great narration"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I will listen to parts of this book as the movie comes out to remind myself of the plot and characters.


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

    Rob is a very talented narrator.


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