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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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    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 05-01-13
    Lindsay Denver, CO, United States 05-01-13
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    "Probably better to read this."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. I had a really hard time listening to his voice. And it was really difficult to differenciate between the different characters because he didn't really change his voice at all.


    Has The Hobbit turned you off from other books in this genre?

    To be honest, this genre is a bit of a stretch for me to begin with. I woudn't mind trying a different book in this genre. It all just depends on the story, and the narrator.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

    Someone with a bit more variation in their voice. Perhaps also someone that doesn't have such a deep, gravelly voice. I'm not sure who that would be.


    Did The Hobbit inspire you to do anything?

    No. Mostly because I couldn't get into the story because the narrators voice was so difficult for me to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    This might be a book that is better to read than to listen to.

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    Amazon Customer MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 04-30-13
    Amazon Customer MARSHFIELD, MA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Boring!!"

    I wish I could suggest that you see the movie instead, but that was boring, too. Bummer, I had high hopes for this one.

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    Ian North Pole, Ak, United States 04-29-13
    Ian North Pole, Ak, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Book"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    7 OF TOP 20


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Smeagol he is a strange character and I like him


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

    Smeagol


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

    The Hobbit


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! Must read!

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    Adam Lake Oswego, OR, United States 04-24-13
    Adam Lake Oswego, OR, United States 04-24-13
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    "Great Read, pass on songs."
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Absolutely. The story is wonderful, and Rob Inglis is well chosen in his voice. You could imagine him as a wizard or dwarf king reading the tomes right from "There and Back Again."


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

    Bilbo going down into the dragon lair. I was actually distracted listening to the story!


    What three words best describe Rob Inglis’s performance?

    Deep, Rich, Melodic.


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

    Welcome to Middle Earth, a land of discovery, mystery, creatures, and adventure. "Once you step out your door, there is no telling where you might end up."


    Any additional comments?

    Worth it. If I could advise one audio book for the free demo, this is it.

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    Ryan United States 04-20-13
    Ryan United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Expected Delight."
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    When the first movie came out, I decided to buy the Hobbit from Audible; I'd already heard and enjoyed it countless times, but I thought that now was the time to keep it. The plot is perfect, the characters immortal and the narration beyond compare.


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

    The night where Bilbo and the Dwarves were staying in Beorn's house and they began singing that song. Inglis's perfomance was particularly spectacular there.


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

    Inglis does an excellent job of giving each of the characters their own voice; you can tell Bilbo from Smaug, and Gandalf from Gollum without thinking twice. He is perfect


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

    I always laugh whenever I hear the first song the Dwarves sing; "Chip the glasses and crack the plates...", and so on.


    Any additional comments?

    You can't have enough with just the Hobbit. The narration of LOTR MUST come next.

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    Dorinda Forbes 04-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Fabulous, now I know what all the hoopla was about"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    among the best ever.


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

    other JRR Tolkien, of course.


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

    perfect as usual--I love listening to him!


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

    several times I both laughed out loud and cried. Engaging drama!!!


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    Sharon Chandler, AZ, United States 04-15-13
    Sharon Chandler, AZ, United States 04-15-13
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Absolutely love the story, as I love all of Tolkien's books. The narrator's performance completely killed it for me, though. I could barely stand to listen to it and in fact, have not finished listening for that very reason. Sad but true. Please, please find a different narrator and I might give listening another go.


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    G. Allen Oregon 04-14-13
    G. Allen Oregon 04-14-13 Member Since 2016

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    "Such a classic... So well read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is so deeply engrossing and read in such an engaging manner.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The seeming incompetent Hobbit, learning there is more to him than he is even aware. He feels he's just a nice respectable Baggins who should just sit around and smoke his pipe and stay quiet and do nothing dangerous. It's nearly allegorical of the state of modern manhood. We're supposed to be good respectable and do just what those in the Shire expect of us (i.e. what society expects of us). BUT... that often includes forgetting we have a side that was meant to be adventurous... that was meant to be able to take up the sword and protect those closest to us... That we have a wild side (not wild in the negative sense, but wildly willing to leap to the challenges we must face and overcome by sheer force of our wildness). That Bilbo starts as a passive---for lack of the proper term---pansy, and he grows to a strong and capable character, always bring me comfort and a feeling that we too can throw off the shackles of a pansy-fied manhood and be something more like unto a hero. And, all that while keeping a civilized air about us. We don't have to be the dwarves with their gruffness. We can be the hobbit who remains a gentleman throughout, yet has not lost the wild inside.


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

    Gandalf


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

    If I could have... yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the price any day of the week.

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    Maureen 04-13-13
    Maureen 04-13-13
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    "So glad I revisited this story"

    It has been over 30 years since I read this book. I am so glad I decided to revise it on audible. It is a great story and Rob Inglis is a wonderful job of narrating. It is a classic for a reason.

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    noneya 04-13-13
    noneya 04-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Its a Classic"

    Loved the book since I was a kid. It sets the stage well for the Lord of the Rings!! Not as strong a story as Lord of the Rings but what is??

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