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
Been lost, been broken, been found, been Forgiven, been saved by Christ.
really good story
the foundation that it laid down for the Lord of the Ring books.
Gandalf the Gray
The Death of Thorin.
I could have done with out the singing.
I'm happy to re-read this via audiobook as an adult, but it really is more of a younger reader's book isn't it? It's been a long time and I can see now why I only read it once. Great story, but really for younger readers. My son (10) loved it :)
Gandalf...because he's Gandalf!
The riddle match with Gollum
Probably Bilbo, but others like Bomber the fat dwarf, very likable.
Good voices - read well.
How a Hobbit overcomes fear for a great adventure.
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I love how the narrator really went for it with all the songs. It would be easy to just rattle them off like poems, but this dude dove right in. Beauty!
This is a story we've all come to love and Rob Inglis's performance is excellent. I was just a tad disappointed that a fresh recording (with latest audio recording gear) was not considered. These recordings were made in 1990 (the books for tape era). The setting to download high quality "Audible Enhanced Audio" books does not make much of a difference when the source material is low quality begin with. As an example: At the same volume level in my car, an audio podcast (which are not typically recorded in studios) sounded way louder and crisper than the audiobook. I really had to crank up the volume to listen to it properly.
Considering a major motion picture adaptation is in the works, a brand new recording should have been in the reckoning. Having said that, I'm still enjoying listening to it mostly due to the excellent narration.
Loved the hobbit like everyone told me I would. I never read it when I was younger so this was a great way to read it and to fit it into my tight schedule. The movie comes out in a few months so now I can't wait to see it! Rob Inglis' voices were great, and what a challenge he had with so many characters. He growls like a goblin, hisses like Gollum and sings like an Elf. Great job, entertaining and all around intriguing.
Rob Inglis' narration of the Hobbit sets the standard. It is perfect in every way, from the different voices he used, to his pacing, and intonation. The book is a fun book, but Inglis might actually make it better. It is throughly enjoyable.
Yes. The story is deep and wonderful. Performance is excellent.
The performance is excellent but people should understand that the style is a little different from the American style we are used to.
Read this first
Bilbo was my favorite since I knew him from the later movies and saw how things got started.
In the beginning
Loved the story and wish I had read it before I saw the trilogy. Can't wait to see this one.
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