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
Love the story, No problem there.
The Audio Book is not downloading in my Kindle. The Book is there & I see the audio portion is Queued but no status bar is showing and it is just not downloading. I'm finding it very frustrating.
I'll start off by saying that this is by no means a necessarily bad novel, but nor the great novel so many claim it to be.
I went I to this expecting an epic quest for treasure, but quite frankly it was more like reading about a group of Boy Scouts on a camping trip! No seriously, Gandalf would be the scout master, and Bilbo would be the whinny scout who needs to grow a pair. Tolkien's writing tended to meander and good off on tangents, and many a time I wondered when the hell we were getting to the point.
Frankly, I think that "it was a fine and blustery day in the hundred acre Shire" might have been a more appropriate begging. I was half expecting Pooh and Tigger to jump out at any given point. I'm beginning to understand what Michael Moorecock has against Tolkien.
Tolkien clearly didn't think to highly of his readers, I could practically feel the talking down to; in fact many a sentence felt much like this: "Bilbo was in danger. Can you say danger? Very good!" And what of the narrator? Why, he was absolutely perfect for this novel, which actually counts against it as that only served to highly Tolkien's lackluster writing.
Well, clearly Mr. Tolkien was wise not to quit his day job, but what of the story itself. On the whole I'd say it was nothing special, but nothing average either. I know this is the grandfather of many modern fantasy novels, but even taking that into account I still can't see how this is possibly so highly regard and widely praised. It even boggled the mind to think so e of the knock off are worse than this, but to be fair, like I said, this is just an average/ mediocre novel.
I'm inclined to be done of Tolkien, but to be fair I might give The Fellowship of the Ring a try just to see if Tolkien improved. However, judging from the bits I've seen, it's nothing but a pile of Epic Pooh.
Probably not as all my friends are over the age of 10.
It's a pretty good childish fairy tale as it was intended by Tolkien for his own kids. I wish I've read it when I was under the age of 10. Presently, however, I've overgrown it a long time ago. Still it provides solid base for Tolkien's later famous Lord of the Rings trilogy. Didn't like the narrator for the audiobook, Rob Inglis, so much. Too dry and insipid for my taste.
I think I would have enjoyed it more if all of the narrators voices didn't sound the same. I found it hard to follow who was speaking.
Probably not. All of his stormiest are pretty much the same. Plus once you've seen the movies you know how the story ends.
If there were multiple people reading the different parts I think I would have been able to get into the story more.
At first I was on Thorin's side. I felt bad that he lost his homeland in such a way. But when he finally regained it he completely changed and I found myself rooting against him.
I am still skeptical about the whole book on tape thing. I love to read but I'm not sure how I feel about being read too. I will stick with it though and give it another chance.
Graet morality tale
Anything by Austrian economists because of the morality issues.
No, I listen while driving, sometimes takes several days.
I would try anything from Tolkien but not if it was from this narrator! The deep gasping for air in between sentences was so irritating I had to stop listening.
As stated above he would gasp for breath, there were many spots I thought it was a start of a gasping yawn it was so pronounced. The constant over dramatization of the story was rather confusing, I found that I had to really concentrate just to know what character was speaking.
Ummmmm. Already a movie.
I loved this story as a child, probably read the book 6 times. I would LOVE if someone would choose to just narrate the book! The only versions I have found are dramatized and they are just to loud, confusing and become irritating.
While I have re-read Lord of the Rings several times as an adult, The Hobbit should have been left in my childhood. The plot is very disjointed with odd jumps in time that make the book feel abridged. In fact, I checked twice to be sure I didn't accidentally get the abridged version when entire seasons of the year were skipped without more than a line or two to mark their passing. LOTR is still one of my favorites but now I remember why I had never bothered to re-read The Hobbit.
A note on the narration: While the narrator is quite good, the production value is lacking. There were several chapters where you can hear Inglis swallowing or smacking his lips after every sentence. Good performance let down by technical issues.
the Hobbit combines descriptive narrative with action.
you could compare the Hobbit to Lord of the Rings, but you'd be wrong. The characters are similar, but the Hobbit is a simple story of travel and adventure. It's really like Huckleberry Finn. It's a journey of adventure and discovery.
I think my favorite scen was Bilbo in the caves of the forest elves
I first read this book 40 years ago in my early teens. It was my earliest experience with fantasy. The audio version exceeded my expectations. It brought back memories of my childhood
I like it better because I can listen to it while I'm driving to work, so I don't lose time like I would if I were to read it.
It's the Hobbit! It's a great story!!!
I'm only at chapter 4 or so, but if I don't have it at 1.5x or 2.0x (speed) Inglis puts me to sleep. He is frustrating and annoying.
I realize it's only one person doing all the voices and that can make things difficult... but his voices sound too similar from character to character, and many of the voices are rather ridiculous. Since I listen to this with headphones, his breathing and phlegm can be rather offputting.
He pauses for long periods between stanzas of the songs, and even longer between chapters. These are dramatic pauses, but at times it seems he pauses to catch his breath.
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