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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The quality of narration was fantastic. The story is a classic. How could it not be given a high rank in anybody's collection?
Tolkien is the father of fantasy, especially the iconic "quest with elves" style. Unfortunately, the story itself does come across as being quite dated. He created many of the characters and themes, but they've evolved since the early days and some later authors have improved upon Tolkien's formula. I would have to say that the best thing about the story is the inspiration that it gave to other authors.
Rob Inglis is the perfect narrator for this style of book. However, I found that he read quite slowly. Thankfully, Audible apps usually have a function that speeds up the narrator without giving him a chipmunk voice. I found that 1.5x was perfect, although sometimes I'd boost it up to 2x if I could really focus on the story for a bit.
It would be too long for a single sitting. However, it helped make a long road trip seem quick and tolerable!
since there is no way to mark books as read in the library I thought this might be a way to mark them
Any type of book that has a long adventure with a hero.
All of them. He did a wonderful job of creating sereveral kinds of sounds and voices to make sure the audience could understand who was speaking.
No. Only because it was 20 hours long. Totally worth it tho
Ingles provides voice overs for every individual characters, and although some very similiar, he makes sure the audience understands who is speaking in any given conversation.
I haven't listened to enough audiobooks for this rating to be relevant. It's as good as the others that I've heard.
The Belgariad books.
Read the book well enough. His singing kills it for me though. After a few versus, you get the point. Songs seemed to be way longer than necessary, especially with the bad singing.
I did not like the singing...at...all.
Among the best, if I say so myself.
The whole story is fantastic.
Oh most definitely. It was amazing.
The greatest work of J.R.R Tolkien.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Already have listened to it 3 times. It is a great story
This is my favorite because the LOTR rings series got to in-depth to describing the world the book ended up boring me but the Hobbit never did.
Farm girl, voracious reader, lover of wine & whiskey.
Like many others, I love The Hobbit - it was one of my all time favourites as a child. I have read it multiple times and enjoyed it more with each reading. But, for some reason, I really didn't dig Rob Ingllis rendition of the book. I have a sneaking suspicion that this stems, not from any failing on Inglis part, but because my father bought us cassette tape copies of Nicol Williamson reading the abridged version of the Hobbit. Williamson is so incredibly talented and his narration so masterfully done that no one else ever compares. Also, one of my earliest memories is listening to his narration of the Hobbit and I have listened to it repeatedly since, even as an adult. It's not Mr. Inglis fault, but I just can't listen to anyone else read the Hobbit now, except my father, and he says I'm too old for that now!
Narration is great. Although the story is not the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, it is nonetheless great. Full of fun adventures and familiar character tie-ins to the other books. This book is the Prequel to Fellowship of the Ring.
I think this book was written for his kids, but i still enjoy it as an adult. Great for all ages.
The Hobbit book is being split into 3 movies. I have watched the first one, and so far, they're keeping the story pretty close to the book.
This was another splurge purchase when it popped up as a Daily Special. I'm glad I bought it. It's been many a decade since I read this book, and I forgot how good a story it is. Of course, it is a child's tale, but it is entertaining nonetheless.
What made this really special, however, was the narration. I loved it! I do think, however, that this narrator will either be loved or hated by the listener, so be forewarned!
If you'd like a trip down memory lane, pick this one up and give it a listen. You`ll be glad you did.
This book is more of a children's story than Lord of the Rings, which appeals to me more. That probably says something about me. That being said when making one's way through this story one can tell that Tolkien had some feelings about war, and conflict from his personal life. This is just one of those classic "must reads" when it comes right down to it. The narration in this version is great. Rob Inglis is really a bunch of fun to listen to.
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