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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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    michael springville, AL, United States 11-21-12
    michael springville, AL, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012

    Been lost, been broken, been found, been Forgiven, been saved by Christ.

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    "Good Book"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    really good story


    What did you like best about this story?

    the foundation that it laid down for the Lord of the Ring books.


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

    Gandalf the Gray


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

    The Death of Thorin.


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done with out the singing.

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    blackfish 11-21-12
    blackfish 11-21-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Must read before the movie!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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 :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gandalf...because he's Gandalf!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The riddle match with Gollum


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

    No


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    Jim Punta Gorda, FL, United States 11-21-12
    Jim Punta Gorda, FL, United States 11-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Delightful Listen!"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Bilbo, but others like Bomber the fat dwarf, very likable.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Good voices - read well.


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

    How a Hobbit overcomes fear for a great adventure.


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    Mike and Heather 11-20-12

    The reviews are by Mike.

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    "The songs do it for me"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    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!


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    Kamran 11-19-12
    Kamran 11-19-12

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    "Great Addition to Audible with one minor complaint"

    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.

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    Alea Jensen 11-19-12
    Alea Jensen 11-19-12
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    "funny voices"

    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.

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    Daniel MC LEAN, VA, United States 11-19-12
    Daniel MC LEAN, VA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The best audiobook version of the Hobbit"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Gene MANASSAS, VA, United States 11-19-12
    Gene MANASSAS, VA, United States 11-19-12
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    "Good memories"

    Best listened to with some Longbottom pipe weed and a mug of ale. Good memories, havent read in a while.

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    Chris SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 11-17-12
    Chris SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    Yes. The story is deep and wonderful. Performance is excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance is excellent but people should understand that the style is a little different from the American style we are used to.

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    Pink lady 11-15-12
    Pink lady 11-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A+ for me"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Read this first


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo was my favorite since I knew him from the later movies and saw how things got started.


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

    NA


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

    In the beginning


    Any additional comments?

    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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