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The Hobbit Audiobook

The Hobbit

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Publisher's Summary

The complete unabridged audiobook of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon....

The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the 20th century.

©1937 The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust (P)1991 HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd

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    Stephen SantiagoChile 03-05-09
    Stephen SantiagoChile 03-05-09
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    "Enchanting children's tale, beautifully read"

    Superb! One of the classic children's fantasy tales, set in a rich and enchanting world of dwarves, goblins, wizards, elves, and dragons, along with the most unlikely of heroes, Bilbo Baggins the hobbit.

    The recording is beautifully done. Rob Inglis's voice is pleasant and relaxed, and he reads at a leisurely and comfortable pace. The character voices are generally appropriate and varied, although some of the dwarves were not what I expected. Most surprising of all, Inglis actually SINGS the songs, giving an extra touch of character and authenticity.

    A word of caution: While the story is set in the same world as the Lord of the Rings and relates events a generation earlier, this is not merely a prequel in the same style. This is a fun children's tale, written for a younger readership.

    To be read before you have lost your childlikeness, and reread many times to keep regaining it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    11-17-12
    11-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "One relative short book, in 3 separate purchases?"
    What disappointed you about The Hobbit, Part 1?

    This was a bummer to me. Next time I will search for de 1 purchase book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit, Part 1?

    That It ends in de middle of the story. This book is expensive!


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

    I like them all.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The book is lovely and I like it a lot. I just feel trickt. It is not that there was no way of knowing. It says part 1 after all. Next time I will pay more attention.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 09-26-12
    Anthony 09-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hobbit - Great rendition"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit, Part 1 to be better than the print version?

    Nothing, of course is ever as good as the print versions and our own interpretations. This audible version is a great interpretation of this timeless classic.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit, Part 1 to and why?

    Unfortunately this is one of my first audible listens - it is certainly a much pleasanter listen than the many freebies out there. Someone with reading talent makes a huge difference. This is a great book which gives a lot of background to the Lord of the Rings series.


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

    First listen - sorry.


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

    The original - the one ring and where it rested.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it - it made the commute a pleasure rather than a chore.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paal 02-07-16
    Paal 02-07-16
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    "Stop singing.."

    Very good book. Must say the movies have much more story and don't feel so stretched as the book. The book makes the adventure feel very short by skipping fast over aspects like the 5 army war. "Bilbo was hit in the head and when he woke up the war was over" Done. The narrator was very good until he started singing... There are like 20 songs in this book and he keeps singing and singing and it is so terrible that I feel I'm getting trolled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-15-14
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    "Hopping along with the Hobbit"
    Would you listen to The Hobbit, Part 1 again? Why?

    This is one of those texts you can listen to over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit, Part 1?

    Listening to Rob reading this text was like visiting an old friend. His reading of LOTR is brilliant as well, and I have been listening to that for years. Rob Ingliss has a wonderful vice and he reads with so much nuance that each character is readily recognisable.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish they hadn't added the music. It is really jarring. But it is only a minor element.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 12-19-12
    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 12-19-12 Member Since 2017

    An audio book loving Aucklander.

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    "Enjoyable, but...."

    Having previously read The Lord of the Rings I found this story lacking somewhat. Perhaps as I read them in the wrong order that was part of the problem. I just found The Hobbit a little boring in comparison. But still enjoyable to listen to, as a result of the excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Sogne, Norway 12-15-12
    Maria Sogne, Norway 12-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A really entertaining story"

    The Hobbit is a really enetertaining story which I have been meening to read for several years but finally got around to listen to. Rob Inglis did a good job narrating this story (and a good job singing in it). I would have loved to listen to the full story in one go, but didn't have the time to do it. I absolutely recomend you to listen to this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lucas Villela 02-02-15
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    "great book, bad business choice"

    a great book that should have a 5 star rating. Rob Inglis gives a fantastic performance. however I give it 3 stars due to the dismaying choice of separating it in 2 parts for no other reason then making more money.
    I would rather pay for a more expensive version with both parts then having to buy both parts separately, as a consumer the first option makes me feel like I'm paying more for a quality product. the second option makes me feel like Audible is cheating me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    H 01-16-17
    H 01-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent "

    This was good, but I noticed it was lacking severely in Action, but a solid book nonetheless.

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    Kevin 12-28-16
    Kevin 12-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better by far than the movie."

    Iconic. A classic. Very enjoyable. Would highly recommend for sure. While sick listened to it straight through.

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  • the_Alysons
    9/19/16
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    "one of my very favourite books"

    I read the book many times before and still enjoyed listening to it so much

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  • rachael
    9/9/16
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    "My favourite adventure"

    I love this book truely I do. I'm not overly happy about the music that appears to be louder then the narrator at the beginning and end of book. but I will listen to this over and over

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  • Sarah
    9/8/16
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    "Great story read well!"
    What did you like most about The Hobbit?

    Fast pace, read really well. Great follow on to the Lord of the rings. Well worth a listen!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When smaug attacks the village. Full of action and engaging.


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  • Alex
    8/22/16
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    "Best Book Ever"

    This book is my childhood. My dad read this to me when I was little and I with any luck will be reading it to my children.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr T S Garner
    7/25/16
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    "Top stuff"

    The songs were always gonna be hard to implement well, but the rest was excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Enfield, United Kingdom
    7/12/16
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    "well that was not fun...."
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    I remember being read this story when I was a kid by my English teacher. It was great then, but faded over the years and now it just seems a little old fashioned. I gave up half way through and put it back to nostalgia

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jean the Bean
    Leicester UK
    7/4/16
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    "Wonderful narration of a classic adventure"

    This is just a delightful audible version of the Hobbit. Rob Inglis is Jan amazing storyteller. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • joshua
    7/4/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Tolkien was a major part in my child hood and I'll forever hold his world and characters in my heart. I can never get board of his story's.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reviews101
    St Leonards-On-Sea
    6/14/16
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    "EXCELLENT, but get rid of that music!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    This (and the other Tolkien audiobooks) are all performed wonderfully, but they're blighted by pseudo-medieval musical snippets at the beginning and end, that overlay the spoken word so you struggle to hear the words. This is probably deliberate by the publisher, to stop people copying the narration, but it's annoying nonetheless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    6/7/16
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    "Time well spent"

    loved it, I have read this many times, enjoyed listening to the songs be sung. which I always struggle to read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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