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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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    nate OREM, UTAH, United States 12-06-12
    nate OREM, UTAH, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the Hobbit! It's a great story!!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Davis California 12-02-12
    R. Davis California 12-02-12
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    "Zzzzzzzz..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Ontario, Canada 11-27-12
    Patrick Ontario, Canada 11-27-12 Member Since 2012

    I'd rather listen to a good fantasy over again than waste time with bad fantasy.

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    "Outdated writing"

    I am a huge fantasy fan but the Hobbit has an old writing style meant to appeal to children yet full of violence and monsters. Tolkien is an incredibly original and talented person who put tons of detail and depth into creating middle earth (although most of the detail is put into the lord of the rings books). But just because this book is incredibly influential to all subsequent fantasy, it doesn't make it an interesting and compelling read. I struggled to get through this audio and it is only 10hours. I have high hopes for the movie though because the lord of the rings movies cut away most of the dryness of the books.

    Sorry I have no time for nostalgia, get this book if you do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-15-12
    Brad Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This takes me way back."
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Lots of singing.


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

    He did a good job of Golim.


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

    Brought me back to when is was a kid reading the book. Forgot about all the songs though. Rob Inglis performs them well but it is a bit annoying at times.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Lincolnton, NC, United States 10-10-12
    Paul Lincolnton, NC, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Hobbit is NOT a PREQUEL, It was written FIRST!"
    Any additional comments?

    Hey Audible, A Prequel is Written AFTER and existing work. Calling it a Prequel is ignorant.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Curt Vancouver, WA 10-18-12
    Curt Vancouver, WA 10-18-12 Member Since 2005

    I love to be scared, does anyone write anything scary anymore? Maybe I have just become numb.

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    "won't play on my ipod classic"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    I would like to listen to this book, but it locks up my ipod classic at the end of each chapter


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    H. Hartman 10-16-12
    H. Hartman 10-16-12 Member Since 2012

    I don't have time to actually read anymore... does that make me undignified?

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    "Do you really need this review?"

    If you need to read these reviews, then you probably don't actually want to listen to this book.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-01-12
    Kenneth Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-01-12
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    "Not worth the coin"

    Writing and reading suitable for ages 10 - 15 year. Adventure story without the adventure.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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