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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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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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    Shaun 12-17-12
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    "What you expect."
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    The story is what you expect from Tolkien. Well written with some poetry added in. The narrator was pretty good.

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    kristina 12-16-12
    kristina 12-16-12
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    "a favorite, still"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes, this is a wonderful story that I find new elements in each time I listen or read it.


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

    Gandalf.


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

    No, I have read this and listen too it at times when I am looking for a quiet and reflective mood.


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    Tara MORROW, OH, United States 12-16-12
    Tara MORROW, OH, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was my first experience with an audible and a recorded book. I received a subscription as a Christmas gift and choose The Hobbit, given that the movie was coming out. I have read The Hobbit at least 4 times prior over the years but absolutely loved listening to Rob Inglis bringing it to life. I must say that as much as I liked the movie, despite all its changes, I loved listening to the book more.


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    Eric 12-16-12
    Eric 12-16-12
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    "Awesome!!!"

    You can’t go wrong with unabridged Tolkien. Inglis gave a superb performance. I was entertained from beginning to end.

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    Stimwalt RALEIGH, NC, United States 12-12-12
    Stimwalt RALEIGH, NC, United States 12-12-12
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    "Simply Amazing! You will love it."
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    Growing up, I remember reading this story by my bedside and falling in love with the Shire. The way all of the food is described during the unexpected party always made me rush to the kitchen to find a nice cake to enjoy while reading! In this audio book, that feeling and the entire story is not only fully captured and re-mastered, I could not stop listening to it! The voice actor does an absolutely tremendous job with each character, and you feel like you are on the journey with Gandalf, the Dwarves, and of course Bilbo Baggins. I especially enjoyed hearing all of the songs that were written in the books, sung with real emotion and in tune.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I know the story well, and my favorite part of the story is definitely any and all of Bilbo's heroics. Both the mental heroics against Gollum's riddles, and the physical heroics against the Spiders and Goblins. Bilbo Baggins is a truly remarkable and honorable hobbitses.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Barrel ride!!


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

    The story always leaves me with a sense of understanding what really matters in life. The life and values of Hobbits, although relatively modest, are lives we should all aspire to lead.


    Any additional comments?

    A must buy.

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    Kristan Farr Danvers, MA, US 12-12-12
    Kristan Farr Danvers, MA, US 12-12-12 Member Since 2014

    Hello all! I'm a word nerd, daughter of a teacher, mama and fitness coach. I love reading classics, personal development and philosophy books. Feed your brain and enjoy life. <3

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    "Great reading with my son in preparation for films"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's English accent was a must for a book written by an Englishman in my opinion. My son loved the different voices the narrator used for the characters and the little ad lib belching of Smaug when talking about eating dwarfs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hmmm, I think my son liked the fat dwarf Bombur the best and he mentioned Beorn a few times too. I think he liked Beorn because of his mysterious ability to become a bear. He's definitely a Smeagol fan from watching the LOTR movies. My favorite was Bilbo because he's such a keen burglar and unique in the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I have a few. The one when the troupe comes to Carrock and stays overnight (Queer Lodgings); the climbing of the trees to get away from the wargs and goblins (Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire) ; the escaping the elves (Barrels Out of Bond); and Bilbo's conversation with Smaug was amusing (Inside Information).


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

    No, absolutely not. It is a journey not meant to be taken in all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I never read this as child and am thrilled to have read it with my seven year old son. We started off by me reading the story to him as I was trying to find an audio version of the book so we could follow along in our illustrated hardcover. I recommend reading it with your children. It's something you can share forever.

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    Stephanie 12-11-12
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    "Perfect for Audible"
    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    My husband began trying to read The Hobbit out loud to the kids and it is incredibly difficult. Instead we were all able to enjoy it during our roadtrip on Thanksgiving. Rob Inglis read this very difficult book in a way that conveyed the characters as accurately as the first time I read the book as a child.


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    Charles L. Bowen Va 12-11-12
    Charles L. Bowen Va 12-11-12 Listener Since 2010

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    "Excellent story, very well read!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The talent of the reader, skeptical at first, believer afterword spoken!


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

    Lord of The Rings.


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

    Character to the words.


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

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Must have!

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    Virginia 12-11-12
    Virginia 12-11-12 Member Since 2015

    "Listening with my other ear"

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    "Wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderfully-creative- original.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventure.


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

    No, but I can't imagine anyone in the world doing a better job than he did on this book.


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

    Enjoy the movie, then listen to the audiobook and let your imagination be opened to its fullest.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie is coming out in a couple of weeks, but the movie can't be any better than Mr. Inglis's reading.

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    marshall St. George, UT, United States 12-11-12
    marshall St. George, UT, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome story!!!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rite at the top, so far!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole story is great!!


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    his reading of the story is great!!


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