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The Hobbit Audiobook

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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    "Wonderful story!"

    My grandson loved the cartoon version when he was in elementary school so I decided to finally "read" the book. I thoroughly enjoyed it! It's full of adventure but the creatures in it have so many human traits! I recommend it highly for all ages.

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    Corey St. Ann, MO, United States 02-10-13
    Corey St. Ann, MO, United States 02-10-13 Member Since 2012

    Recent convert to audio books and have never "read" as much as I have in the last 6 months

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    "My first Audiobook."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    Reliving the classic children's fantasy novel was especially pleasing considering it was just before the release of the movie!


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

    Of course the game of riddles!


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

    This was my first Ron Inglis book, but I was impressed and look forward to hearing him narrate The Lord of the Rings trilogy.


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    Charles Howard City, MI, United States 02-08-13
    Charles Howard City, MI, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "slow start but it got really good"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    yes


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

    maybe erogon but the book had a life of its own


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

    no


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

    i have not watched the movie yet, it has been my experience that the book is 100% better


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    k. 02-08-13
    k. 02-08-13
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    "Still a Tolkien classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    No not specifically. Audio and the written word both have there time and places.


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

    Meeting the trolls


    What aspect of Rob Inglis’s performance would you have changed?

    I imagine it is difficult and very personal to each listener, but he just did not portray enough character depth. For example John Lee. Or to have multiple readers such Audible did with Dracula or Cloud Atlas


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

    Get Peter Jackson to Produce it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 02-08-13
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "Fun Read"

    Had fun listening to this story. I remember having this book in my closet for about 20 years without picking it up. Glad i finally got a chance to listen to it.

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    Peter Williamsville, NY, United States 02-06-13
    Peter Williamsville, NY, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A nice story but nothing like The Lord of The Ring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend who is interested in these kind of stories just for the incredible narration.


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

    The book is obviously similar to The Lord of The Ring trilogy but not at all as complex and captivating.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the opening scene when the dwarves visit Bilbo is the best one.


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

    The tag line would probably be "See how the ring ended up with Frodo"


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice fairy tale type story and it so obvious that it is something Tolkien wrote before he had fully developed his imaginary world.

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    Barry United States 02-05-13
    Barry United States 02-05-13
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    "Lord of the Rings Follower"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The personalities were great. It had the same enjoyable feeling as the lord of the rings. It really worked my imagination.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandoff is my favorite character. I have always liked magic.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator did fine.


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

    I am not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I wish the dragon had a bigger role.

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    Joange Rice, VA, United States 02-05-13
    Joange Rice, VA, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Fun Listen"

    I read this book many years ago and wasn't sure how it would come through as a 'listen'. It was a a lot of fun. Hearing the hobbit's life described made me yearn for a nice cozy cave to hang out in from time to time! And the adventures of the book were fast moving and interesting. Looking forward to seeing the moving having just finished this download.

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    Vijayagopal New Albany, OH, United States 02-05-13
    Vijayagopal New Albany, OH, United States 02-05-13
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    "Clear and Entertaining"

    Of all the audio books I've listened to, this is the most clear. The sound effects are very entertaining. Gandolf is my fav - He is always there when needed.

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    Ross LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 02-04-13
    Ross LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 02-04-13
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    "Performance is stunning... The book? Not so much."
    What did you like best about The Hobbit? What did you like least?

    The performance is all that kept me listening. The story couldn't have been more predictable.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Truly amazing! Well over a dozen believable characters by one man.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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