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 has been my favorite book since I was about 9 years old. It still hasn't lost its magic after all these years. A great fantasy adventure! The narrator does an excellent job too.
Tolkien wrote a masterful allegory about spiritual quests. he had his dwarfs, fairies, goblins and wolves. he even had a character who could be a man or a bear. some were greedy, some indolent, some violent and in the end we meet all the things that can keep us from seeking our final reward. A wizard was a word of God who was close but then seemed to abandon. the devil was a dragon, fire breathing of course, a tempter and vindictive to excess. I missed a lot in my teens when I read it first, but after 40 years of journeying it seemed quite reality based in the story at least, the movements that Bilbo had to experience to become a not quite respectable job it, and. loving it.
Good story, book much better than the movie.
Hobbits, Elves, and Dwarves et.al. V. The Orc's and Goblins.
I've read these books before and found them wonderful. I am a huge fan of the movies. I decided to get the audio version. The way the reader changes "characters" in different voices is unbearable. When he stayed with his "normal" voice the reading was good.
"Lets make a Ton'O money"
If you love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you will love the Hobbit. I cannot remember how many times I have listened and read this book. I have enjoyed it just as much each time as I did the first time. I recently saw the Hobbit movies. I loved them and had to read the book again.
Growing up, this is the title my parents would use to play at bed time. His voice is so soothing to listen to. It is also a wonderful story.
Couldn't put my iPod down. Can't wait to listen again with my son. Inglis brings the vibrant language to life in a way not felt when this book was "assigned" reading in high school (so many years ago). A great way to experience a classic piece of literature.
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