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
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.
An audio book loving Aucklander.
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.
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.
This was a bummer to me. Next time I will search for de 1 purchase book.
That It ends in de middle of the story. This book is expensive!
I like them all.
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.
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.
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.
First listen - sorry.
The original - the one ring and where it rested.
Loved it - it made the commute a pleasure rather than a chore.
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.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
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.
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.
Rob Ingliss gives a good performance but they should have had someone who can sing perform the songs in the story.
The rescue of Bilbo and the dwarves by the eagles was one of my favourite moments in The Hobbit.
This is one of those texts you can listen to over and over.
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.
I wish they hadn't added the music. It is really jarring. But it is only a minor element.
The story is a well-loved classic with a more child-like introduction to the world that went on to be developed in The Lord of the Rings. Inglis' performance is very effective with good character differentiation but smooth enough to prevent jolting you out of the experience.
"Delightful book, perfectly narrated"
It is wonderful to hear the different voices, and the songs being sung. It really brings the book to life.
It was an exciting adventure, at times very funny and others, dark and scary.
It's very difficult to pick a favourite character but the way he captured the subtleties of Bilbo was spot on.
Time permitting I would have easily listened to it all in one sitting. In the same way you find a great book difficult to put down I found this difficult to turn off
I picked this book up to remind myself how it all went before the films. I was reminded of one thing - Tolkien should have got someone else to write up his ideas.
The world is lovely and deep. The characters thought out and 'real'. The concepts at the time were new and fascinating.
However, the pace is terrible. The descriptions over the top to the point of boredom. The supporting cast feel two dimensional and the wording is archaic at best, and a load of old waffle for most of it.
The narrator does his best to bring this to life, but unfortunately it still feels 'stale'.
Worth reading (listening to) to immerse yourself into the mythos, but be prepared to swim through treacle.
"The Hobbit, Part 1 (Unabridged)"
Brilliant, a pleasure to listen to. I can't wait for part 2.
"Not Happy with Audio book"
I just purchased an audio book for my wife to trial on her mobile MP3 player (Sony Walkman). She normally listens to MP3 music files while walking to and from work everyday and since she enjoys reading books decided to try an audio book for a change.
After hopefully finding a book to her liking; following the on screen instructions to purchase the article, download and install the software and finally download the audio file itself. How dismayed was I to find that the list of mobile devices available did not include the Sony Walkman.
The criticism I have is that before buying the book there was no mention of the requirement for the proper use of the file, an MP3 which I assumed would be compatible with all modern mobile devices.
Still never mind, once bitten twice shy. I only hope my wife will be happy listening to the book on my PC even though I doubt she will relish carting a desktop PC and a mile extension lead through the streets of Cambridge.
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