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The Hobbit, Part 1 | [J. R. R. Tolkien]

The Hobbit, Part 1

Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance! Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
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Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance!

Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.

©1937 1951, 1966, 1978, 1995*, 1997* The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK 2002

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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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    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 12-19-12
    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 12-19-12 Member Since 2012

    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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    Klaartje Ouderkerk aan den IJssel, Netherlands 11-17-12
    Klaartje Ouderkerk aan den IJssel, Netherlands 11-17-12 Member Since 2011
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Quinns Rocks, Australia 09-26-12
    Anthony Quinns Rocks, Australia 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sturla 04-25-15
    Sturla 04-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great, simply great."

    Love the story.
    Great narration.

    It's a cozy tale, perfect for a rainy day in the autumn. Written for children, but I still enjoy it as an adult.

    A shame Audible split it in two parts, but it is still worth every dime/credit.

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    Alexandria 03-15-15
    Alexandria 03-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Part 1? Really?"

    I love the story, but I have seen books longer than twelve hours. Why not just make it one part.

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    Lucas Villela 02-02-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    no 07-07-14
    no 07-07-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "There and Back Again."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this parents and children who love a good story. Filled with humour and memorable characters and well read by Rob Ingliss. This is probably the best children's story ever written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo Baggins as he just muddled along but somehow manages to get by and provide a little help along the way, even if he is reluctant at first.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Ingliss gives a good performance but they should have had someone who can sing perform the songs in the story.


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

    The rescue of Bilbo and the dwarves by the eagles was one of my favourite moments in The Hobbit.


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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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