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.
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I would recommend this book to a friend who is interested in these kind of stories just for the incredible narration.
The book is obviously similar to The Lord of The Ring trilogy but not at all as complex and captivating.
I think the opening scene when the dwarves visit Bilbo is the best one.
The tag line would probably be "See how the ring ended up with Frodo"
This is a nice fairy tale type story and it so obvious that it is something Tolkien wrote before he had fully developed his imaginary world.
The personalities were great. It had the same enjoyable feeling as the lord of the rings. It really worked my imagination.
Gandoff is my favorite character. I have always liked magic.
I think the narrator did fine.
I am not sure
I loved this book. I wish the dragon had a bigger role.
I read this book many years ago and wasn't sure how it would come through as a 'listen'. It was a a lot of fun. Hearing the hobbit's life described made me yearn for a nice cozy cave to hang out in from time to time! And the adventures of the book were fast moving and interesting. Looking forward to seeing the moving having just finished this download.
Of all the audio books I've listened to, this is the most clear. The sound effects are very entertaining. Gandolf is my fav - He is always there when needed.
The performance is all that kept me listening. The story couldn't have been more predictable.
Truly amazing! Well over a dozen believable characters by one man.
Rob Inglis did a great job narrating, differentiating characters with different voices. I was impressed that he even sang the songs, and although i'm sure some weren't quite as Tolkien had intended, they weren't painful to listen to.
Tell us about yourself! I'm a teacher in Colorado for Special Education 4th- 8th grade. I'm 50 years old, and love to read.
My son, age 12, actually wanted this book on audio after he'd read the hard copy.. I'd read it in Jr. High and was thrilled that he was interested. The book did not disappoint him, and he asked for the trilogy next.
The story was hard for me to follow, but I have never read books like the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. But the overall story was great and now I plan on reading the Lord of the Rings..The narrator was great!
I enjoyed this about the same as others I have heard.
Fantasy, obviously. The Hobbit and LotR made fantasy.
Yes, I could not though.
The singing, not so good.
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