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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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    Deval 01-09-13
    Deval 01-09-13

    A dreamer who loves the adventures hidden in every story!!

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    "Classic for a reason!"

    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!!

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    Beth 01-09-13
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    "Absolutely fantastic narrator of a fantastic story"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tops


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

    Hearing Smaug's voice


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

    So many -- he has a real gift for delivering distinct voices that are spot-on


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Darren 01-09-13
    Darren 01-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Well done"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    I would listen again. Rob did an excellent job with the voices of the different characters. He nailed gulum. Great job!!!


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

    I enjoyed the entire book from cover to cover, so to speak


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure if I could pick just one.


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

    Already picked. There and back again.


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    Richard SAN ANDREAS, CA, United States 01-08-13
    Richard SAN ANDREAS, CA, United States 01-08-13
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    "was one of the best narrated stories ever."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    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......


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

    Watching the whorer that took over the hobbit's home when the guests started coming.....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ican't say which was best.


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

    It brought out many emotions


    Any additional comments?

    way above my expectations

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    Andy 01-08-13
    Andy 01-08-13
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    "Good"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    Not sure. But it is a great simpler introduction before tackling Lord of the Rings trilogy.


    What three words best describe Rob Inglis’s voice?

    English, deep, serious.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Raquel 01-08-13
    Raquel 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "All the Comforts of a Hot Chocolate and Warm Fire"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    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).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    I have not, but I found this one enjoyable.


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

    No extreme reactions, but it was great fun.


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    rt43082 Lihue, HI, United States 01-08-13
    rt43082 Lihue, HI, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Listen"

    The narrator is excellent. I loved listening to him tell this amazing story. Highly recommend.

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    Thomas Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States 01-07-13
    Thomas Cuyahoga Falls, OH, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Classic"

    An engrossing performance of a timeless classic. Rob Inglis brings the story, and the world of Middle Earth, to life!

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    Deena Jacksonville, FL, United States 01-07-13
    Deena Jacksonville, FL, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Perfection"

    Mr. Inglis reads The Hobbit without going overboard in theatrics, but still manages to vary the voices of his characters which makes it easier to follow along. Most narrators either drone, or they create voices in falcetto (men playing women), ridiculous baritone (women playing men), or that ridiculous baby talk (when playing small children). All that does is pull me out of the story and often I stop the book. I love books - they allow me to use my imagination; but I detest poor narrators - they seem to think I'm too dumb and need them to shape the characters for me. The only reason I listen to audiobooks is lack of time.
    Thank you, Mr. Inglis, for your wonderful performance. The songs are magnificently sung too, by the way...

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    Justin Phoenix, AZ 01-07-13
    Justin Phoenix, AZ 01-07-13
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    "Wonderful telling by Rob Inglis"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    I like the audio better.


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

    I wanted to hear the whole story in one sitting.


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