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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This is the book that made me love fantasy 50 years ago. I have read it more times than I can tell you and I read it to my son when he was 5 and it made him love fantasy too. Then, ten years ago or so, I listened to Rob Inglis read the book. So now I can say this is also the book that made me love recorded books. Rob Inglis is such a fantastic narrator- every hobbit, every dwarf, every elf has his own distinct voice and Inglis rich English voice adds to everything. This is one of those rare books that is actually better to listen to than it is to read. And, given how much I love this book, that's saying a lot. And the good news is- if you love the book you can then spend HOURS listening to The Lord of the Rings, which is equally good!
One final thing- the Hobbit movie (third part recently released) is a horrid bastardization of the book. It does have a Hobbit in it but that's about where the similarity ends. Tolkien must be rolling in his grave.
This is more than an intertainimg fantasy.. It was written by one of the best of storytellers of the twentieth century, and takes it's place with histories greatest stories, myth, and ledgends. Read it, learn from it and live by what you learn.
Audible has allowed me to hear the books I was only able to watch movies of before. The Hobbit was a great story that I had always wanted to read but could not find time in my schedule. I saw the movies and loved them but knew the book would give me a great perspective. The vouce naration was great a definite recommend.
Having read the book many times since I was a teen, and now watching the movies, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story. Ron Inglis does a wonderful job with voices and songs. I would highly recommend this audio book.
What can I say about Tolkien? Talk about describing the scene! I own and have read the books and I listen to the audio book several times a week. One of the best books written.
Listened to this for the first time, years after reading it and of course after watching the movies and was reminded that I grew out of it's demographic. The songs were a bit much and I feel like the D&D crowd abandoned Tolkiens view of elves. So many songs v.v. Oh, and lastly I feel like the narrator at times might have been singing it like he would sing it and not like the characters he was telling were, noticed it outright at the end of the elves song with the wine barrels... Still good obviously, just, need to go reread the trilogy on here.
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