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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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    Nabil Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-11-12
    Nabil Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-11-12
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    "Narration confusing"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    The narrator speaks very clearly and with good diction. It security is in his attempt to use different voices for the various characters that confusion arises, as many of them actually sound alike.


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    Stan R. New Haven, Ct 12-11-12
    Stan R. New Haven, Ct 12-11-12
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    "I really enjoyed this book!"

    It has been many years since I originally read the Hobbit. I thought this reading was very well done. Interesting to listen to. The story, and time went by very quickly. Thank you.

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    Liz Denver, Colorado 12-10-12
    Liz Denver, Colorado 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth listening to again and again"

    What an enjoyable experience! Like many people, I read "The Hobbit" as a child, and re-visiting it was magical. Rob Inglis, one of my favorite readers, brings this novel home- my only hesitation is the singing of the Dwarves' songs is often a bit more jovial than the lyrics suggest- in my head, many songs that were dirges became shanties in Inglis' interpretation. With that small hiccup aside, I have already listened to this 3 times, with many more to come I'm sure.

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    annemarie San Francisco, CA, United States 12-10-12
    annemarie San Francisco, CA, United States 12-10-12
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    "Classic Tale!"

    Yes! This is a classic book. This amazing journey follows the hobbit and the narrator brings every character to life!

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    Jeffery T. Harris 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Unabridged and Finally Here"

    As a big fan of Tolkien and all his writing, The Hobbit is a must read/listen for any Fantasy fan. Most of the reviewers here loved Rob Inglis's performance. While it was good I can't say I was a huge fan. At times I thought he was somewhat boring and I did not really enjoy the singing parts. Overall it is well worth the listen.

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    Joseph or Shiloh Glendive, MT, United States 12-09-12
    Joseph or Shiloh Glendive, MT, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book that is wonderfully recorded!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    I don't know if I could say that the audio is "better" than a print version, but it is much more convenient. I love reading an actual book, but this audio book is narrated so well that it is easy to listen to for hours!


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

    There are too many, but probably Bilbo's first confrontation with Smaug, the dragon.


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

    Yes, I have all of the Lord of the Rings audiobooks on CD's, and I decided to buy this one off of audible to make it easier to listen to. Rob Inglis is a masterful performer, and he does an excellent job "The Hobbit" as well as all of the "Lord of the Rings" books!


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

    It is a great book that made me both laugh and cry. I think the mark of a truly great book is that when you have finished reading it (or listening to it), you miss the characters. That is indeed what happened to me after reading this book, and it is probably the reason that I have the audio version as well!


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    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 12-09-12
    Carolyn SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a proud Mexican woman that loves words and reading/listening to books. I also believe that only through knowledge can we achieve progress.

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    "Well done"

    I like the way the narration keeps the names (while similar and complicated) separate and makes it clear who is who. I like the story and voice of the narrator a lot! I had also looked for this before and it wasn't there so I was very glad to see audible had added it!

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    Rebecca United States 12-09-12
    Rebecca United States 12-09-12
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    "A joy to revisit."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    Yes, in many ways. The narrator brought to life the characters with his accents and I believe I got many nuances that I didn't get when I read it the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Beorn, a combination of fierceness and gentleness in one package. A good man (bear?) but also a cautious one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Gandalf and the dwarfs first came to Bilbo's house and caused his little comfortable world to turn upside down


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

    Not really. I enjoyed listening it to a while, then looking forward to hearing the rest of the story. I hated to see it end.


    Any additional comments?

    I originally read this in high school many moons ago. I thought I would revisit it because of the movie coming out to refresh my memory of the story. I really enjoyed the narrator's style and especially his singing of the dwarfish and elfish songs!

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    Tommy Lillington, NC, United States 12-09-12
    Tommy Lillington, NC, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    I must say I was scared to buy this as it had to have a great reader --I have been a Tolkien fan for 50 years now and always wanted to listen to it. Read them all 6 or 7 times at least over the years. It used to be Audible did not have it available and way too high price to buy. But now is available at great price and glad I got it. The reader is simply superb and ranks high on my list of all readers-almost equal to Patrick Tull -maybe even equal and that is highest compliment I can give.. The book of course is great as it is Tolkien. Cannot wait to also try LOTR by him also. I hope he gets a royalty from my money, as he certainly deserves it. I got out my trusty The Atlas of Middle Earth by Fonstad and simply sat back, had a good stiff drink, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Websites definitely suggest buying this book as a companion to the Hobbit and The Trilogy as well as other Tolkien lands. After all Bilbo loved maps and these are really good ones.

    Forgot how gripping even the lowly Hobbit was-loved it.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding


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

    Yes


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    Jason Arcadia, CA, United States 12-07-12
    Jason Arcadia, CA, United States 12-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book and Well Read! Must Read/Listen!!!!!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The connections to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and how fast paced it is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't stop listening. Unlike the Lord of the rings trilogy there is more info and background info on other races such as the the Dwarfs and the Wood Elfs.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He really took his time to get it right, great voices and character interpretation.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, but i don't want to spoil it for you : )


    Any additional comments?

    You must to read this, especially before the movie, im so excited now to see the movie!

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