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've always told myself that I didn't like "fantasy" stories. I was very pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this book was. I was missing out all these years.
I was going to get this book whether or not reviews trashed it. The reviews make it seem worse than it was. The narration was okay not great.. Then again the his dark materials series has the best narration, being done by a full on cast, so it's hard to live up to that. Story is great. Smaugs voice was terrible. Singing could have been a lot better.
I have worn out my cds, so I'm thrilled to have The Hobbit on Audible! Rob Inglis is superb, perfectly capturing the spirit of the tale, and the old English cadences of the songs.
Light years better than the pointlessly stretched & altered movies.
I absolutely love this!! I was not expecting the narrator to be perfect for this story. He made very distinct voices for each of the characters which made listening much easier and much MUCH more entertaining. His narration made it super easy to submerge myself into the story, which, for me, is impossible for me to do with a bad or even a decent narrator. He is wonderful and I could not be happier about his performance. The story itself is well known, but for anyone who doesn't know anything about it, plainly, it's a wonderful story. Bilbo is easy to identify with because of some of his nervousness, and you get to watch him grow into someone who is brave but also uses his intellect and common sense. The story is also easy to submerge yourself into, making the narrator and the story perfect for eachother. I didn't grow up with the story, so the nostalgia factor is out of there, and it's still exciting, challenging, and in a lot of places hilarious.
10 outta 10, would recommend.
A timeless classic. Love this story so much. It creates a world of wonder and terror. Will always be one of my very favorite books.
Started by watching the movies, but the story in the book is a bit different and very much worth it.
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