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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Elein Oakland, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Elein Oakland, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Bilbo and the dwarves"

    Audio version of classic unparalleled work. I have read it many times before and enjoyed falling back to my familiar hobbit tale by listening to it. A must read for everyone.

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    Richard WYNNEWOOD, PA, United States 12-24-12
    Richard WYNNEWOOD, PA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Tolkien's books were made 4 unabridged recordings"
    Any additional comments?

    Tolkien's books were made for unabridged recordings and Rob Inglis' version has stood the test of time. Glad to see it finally available on audible. Now on to LOTR.

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    Donald San Jose, CA, United States 12-24-12
    Donald San Jose, CA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A great classic performed by a great narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    Each character had its own voice which is quite remarkable of the voice talent since there are at least 14 characters to get down.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo. It was great seeing his journey, from being sort of thrown into the adventure to deciding to stay to impressing Thorin.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    I loved how each dwarf had their own voice without Mr. Inglis having to resort to odd tricks (different pitches or accents) to distinguish them.


    Any additional comments?

    I get this book to prepare for The Hobbit movie and was not disappointed, though the movie does vary from the book. Both stand on their own and are wonderful.

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    Darla San Jose, CA United States 12-24-12
    Darla San Jose, CA United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Never gets old"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The story. The narrator. The characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything.


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

    He brings the characters to life and adds inflection to the story that you do not get just reading


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

    No, but no books are for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book as a young adult and now again at almost 50. I am loving the story now as much, or more, than I did back then.

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    john springfield, mo, United States 12-24-12
    john springfield, mo, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This reading of The Hobbit has been great for my grandsons to listen to while traveling for school events


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    Pecan 12-24-12
    Pecan 12-24-12

    actingclass

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    "Not Tolkein's best book. The audio was well done."
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    Tolkein's character development is so good that the inhabitants of the book seem real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions of the characters and their dwellings.


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

    been there done that


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    Ken Davy 12-24-12
    Ken Davy 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Impressive – Very Well Done"

    I only give five starts to books that I enjoyed so well that I know I’ll listen to them more than once. There’s so little time and so many books, that doesn’t happen very often.

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    S. M. Rathburn 12-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent lead in to the movie"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    This story has been around a long time and the movie only revs up the interest in the story. The full, unabridged story is the way to go.


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    Katie United States 12-23-12
    Katie United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

    I'm a stay-at-home mom and I like to listen to books while I clean.

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    "Better on Paperback"

    The Hobbit is a classic. If you are a lover of epic fantasy or a fan of Tolkien, this audio book is well worth your purchase. Tolkien's style can be a bit dry for some, or tedious: with his love of poetry and tendency to over describe landscapes.

    I personally find the style endearing and warmly familiar, but it isn't for everyone and even for me I have to be in a Tolkien mood.

    For those who might find the style to be difficult reading, an audio book is an ideal option.

    However, if you're a fan of epic fantasy, unless you (like me) listen to audio books as something to distract while seeing to other tasks (jogging, household chores, etc) then I would recommend sticking to your hard copies!

    The reader isn't bad, but I personally find his tones to be a bit dull and the rhythm of his voice makes me sleepy.

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    THOMAS United States 12-22-12
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    "Classic version of a classic..."
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The chance to listen to a book which I had previously only read for myself was a nice surprise. Very well done performance.


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