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The Hobbit Audiobook

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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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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    Maureen 04-13-13
    Maureen 04-13-13
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    "So glad I revisited this story"

    It has been over 30 years since I read this book. I am so glad I decided to revise it on audible. It is a great story and Rob Inglis is a wonderful job of narrating. It is a classic for a reason.

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    noneya 04-13-13
    noneya 04-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Its a Classic"

    Loved the book since I was a kid. It sets the stage well for the Lord of the Rings!! Not as strong a story as Lord of the Rings but what is??

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    LisaMaeSC SC 04-10-13
    LisaMaeSC SC 04-10-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Timeless Story"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    I loved hearing about Bilbo's adventures.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit?

    When the dragon died


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    He was able to perform each character differently. Even when there were songs, he sang them based on the character. Rob Inglis has a great vioce!


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

    I enjoyed this book during my drives to and from work.


    Any additional comments?

    Now, I can watch the movie!!!

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    Christine Renner COLUMBUS, OH, US 04-07-13
    Christine Renner COLUMBUS, OH, US 04-07-13 Member Since 2014

    I work full time (3rd shift) and go to school full time for accounting. Without much time to sit down and just read a book but a 45-60 minute commute to and from work, I've just started seriously listening to audiobooks lately. They've been a lifesaver.

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

    Classic fantasy story.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    Not being a big fan of fantasy in general (after age 11 I struggled to come up with mental images of any of the stories, making them hard to get through) the obvious books to compare The Hobbit to would be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, I don't think that's fair being as it's the same author talking about further events in the same world. Instead, I will compare The Hobbit to the Harry Potter series. Not as far as storyline is concerned, certainy, but in the way the books are written. J.R.R. Tolkein created an entire universe for his books, including languages and histories for each of the races of the books. Rowling created a universe for Harry Potter as well. You know that you could go up to Thorin Oakenshield and hear all about the history of the dwarves or Lord Elrond and hear all about the elves. Similarly, I felt that I could have asked Griphook the goblin about the history of the goblins or Firenze and hear all about the centaur's in Rowling's universe.


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

    Yes, I did. I love the story of The Hobbit and Rob Inglis did an amazing job.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book with lots of songs written throughout. Rob is not the best singer, but what really bothered me was some of the songs that are depressing or mournful were sung to an upbeat melody. It didn't fit what was being said and I found it extremely distracting.

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    jowalt Pennsylvanian 04-05-13
    jowalt Pennsylvanian 04-05-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Fantastic Rob Inglis is the perfect Narrator!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    Rob Inglis, I have always loved all Tolkiens' stories but he made it so special, Bravo!


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Inglis has such an awesome way of telling the story without "reading" it to you. you become part of the story not just a listener. Im new to Audible and the other book I purchased I later returned because the narrator was just so Blah. I was encouraged to try a different narrator. I was lucky enough to find Rob Inglis.


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    Kara 04-04-13
    Kara 04-04-13
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    "This story was made to be narrated!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    I loved reading The Hobbit as a teen, but this is the second time I have listened to this version by Rob Inglis. He does a fantastic job and makes The Hobbit feel like it was alawys intended to be narrated.


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    Christopher Echols Knoxville, TN United States 04-02-13
    Christopher Echols Knoxville, TN United States 04-02-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "The best introduction to Tolkein"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

    The Hobbit is J.R.R. Tolkein's most accessible story -- it's quick, full of adventure, and a perfect introduction to the world of Middle Earth. If you've never read Tolkein before, you can't find a better introduction to his particular style of storytelling than The Hobbit. The story itself is enjoyable in any format, but the audiobook is easily my favorite. Rob Inglis does an incredible job bringing Middle Earth to life with his deep, gravelly inflection and his surprising talent for singing the many songs that fill the pages of this timeless story.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    Naturally, the other books in the Lord of the Rings series fall in squarely behind The Hobbit, but the audiobook presentation is also very similar to A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). Rob Inglis has a similar reading style to Roy Dotrice, which is perfect for these stories. So if you enjoy the Game of Thrones audiobooks, you will enjoy this as well.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although Inglis isn't as gifted with accents and unique characterizations as someone like Jim Dale, his reading is truly spot-on for voices from the Shire, Rivendell, Mirkwood and the Lonely Mountain. But without a doubt, the thing he brings to the story that you wouldn't experience without his reading is the songs. The Hobbit is full of rambling, half-rhyming ballads sung by dwarves, elves and even goblins -- and Inglis brings them to life in a very unexpected way. More than once I took my headphones off and found one of his sing-song tunes stuck in my head for the rest of the day.


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

    According to IMDB: "From the smallest beginnings come the greatest legends."


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    Martha Early 04-02-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Great story and performance"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The Hobbit was very entertaining with the many conflicts the characters faced. The conclusion of most chapters leaves the reader wondering what will happen next. The fantasy elements were typical but helped to keep the story interesting and move the plot along.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo was my favorite character because the reader can experience him growing and changing from the meek, mild, and non-adventurous hobbit to the heroic and adventurous hobbit from the Spiders and Flies chapter to the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was great. My students and I did not care too much for the singing but other than that the performance helped to keep the students engaged and entertained.

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    Amazon Customer Floyd, Iowa, United States 03-29-13
    Amazon Customer Floyd, Iowa, United States 03-29-13
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    Would you listen to The Hobbit again? Why?

    yes very much so Because it explains more and how the lord of the rings started.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of the book now I feel like I can watch the movie and understand it better


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator did as good as he could


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

    If I could of listened to the book in one sitting I would of but since I could only listen to segments at a time it was easy to put a bookmark and pick up from where I left off.


    Any additional comments?

    now I'm listening to the lord of the rings and I have all the movies and it has helped me to understand them better also . Thank you very much for having this for I listen to it when I walk in the morning for my excerise

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    Rebekah Drabenstot MUNSTER, IN, US 03-28-13
    Rebekah Drabenstot MUNSTER, IN, US 03-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining, but..."
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Good, clean, fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Gandalf. I just love his relationship to Bilbo in this book. How he always defends him to Thorin and swoops in at just the right moment to save the day.


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

    Gandalf again. I felt like I was listening to Ian McKellen speak and I love that they both seem to capture the character in the same way.


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

    I was particularly moved when Bilbo helps the dwarves escape and afterwards their respect for him grows. He finally gets appreciated.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I didn't like was Rob Inglis' performance as Gollum. I just had a hard time taking it seriously. It could be that Andy Serkis' performance in all the movies is just so much more, or it could be that Rob Inglis made Gollum sound like an idiot. Either way, I just wasn't feeling it. But that is really my only complaint. The story is excellent and reaches across many different age groups, so anyone can enjoy it. I had a great time going there and back again with Bilbo.

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