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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 2011

    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 2009
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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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    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-07-14
    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-07-14 Member Since 2013

    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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    paul Yea, Australia 01-15-14
    paul Yea, Australia 01-15-14 Member Since 2013
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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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    Sivitrii Zillmere, Australia 01-12-14
    Sivitrii Zillmere, Australia 01-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A classic with a solid narration"

    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.

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 04-21-13
    Garry Cannington, Australia 04-21-13 Member Since 2011

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Lived up to my expectations"
    What did you love best about The Hobbit, Part 1?

    This is a story you just have to love.


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

    As the first single person narration I think Rob Inglis did a very good effort, thanks


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    Joan Artarmon, Australia 04-01-13
    Joan Artarmon, Australia 04-01-13
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    "An amazing performance by the narrator!"
    Where does The Hobbit, Part 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not a JRR Tolkien fan, and unfortunately the Hobbit is not my favourite book. Having said that, the narrator's performance was exceptional, making this 11 hour saga worthwhile.


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  • Stuart
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    6/12/11
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    "Loved it!!!"

    Ok fistly I'd like to say that the book is really enjoyable and the narrator is very good and I even enjoyed the singing parts. But I have to say that it is a cheek of audible to split this book into two seperate purchases as has been done with the lord of the rings. The physical books are not split as neither should these. It is a poor attempt at getting more money out of their customers. I have has the lord of the rings on my wish list for a long time but am annoyed I have to use two of my credits for one book!!! Audible sort it out!

    84 of 85 people found this review helpful
  • Millie River
    Lancashire, England
    12/28/12
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    "This version takes the shine off the treasure"

    "The Hobbit" is one of the treasures of English fiction: a rattling tale told by Tolkein with wit and unique imagination.Given the status of this book and the spectacular attention given to the sequels, it is all the more surprising that this audioadaptation is so lacklustre and pedestrian. The narrator lacks any true range in his animation of the characters; relying on degrees of pomposity alone to voice Gandalf, Thorin and the dwarves. This is in stark contrast to the vivacious, varied and comedic audio interpretations that we have grown accustomed to with modern classics (e.g. Stephen Fry's sparkling rendition of the Harry Potter series). In my view, the poverty of this production of the Hobbit is a greater crime than the insouciance of making us pay double for the book by splitting it unneccessarily into two parts. Audible should be careful not to repeat either of these transgressions in future.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    Swepstone, United Kingdom
    12/25/12
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    "Good story but TWO volumes? Despicable!"

    This is a great tale and well read in this version. It can be a little monotonous in parts. My biggest grievance is the fact that the tale last around 11 hours in total, yet is still split into TWO books. On that basis, Stephen King would be very expensive!!

    To summarise, it's ok, but I can't justify the price and won't be getting the LOTR "trilogy" (6 books!) to follow.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Slagelse, Denmark
    4/16/13
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    "Watch out! Slow, dull and too expensive"

    I have no problem with Tolkien's text, but the fact that a 300-page book is split into two volumes is just too cynical and speculative, Audible!



    Furthermore, this reading is frightfully slow and dull. Surely, there must be other versions available which don't draaaaaag out the beautiful descriptions so that the listener completely loses track of where we are, who is present, and what we are dealing with...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Munny
    Cambridgeshire UK
    11/22/12
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    "DULL"

    I am a fan huge of Tolkien and have read The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Similarion on many occasions. I purchased this to gain a new experience of the work. I was however, left feeling disappointed. The narration was dreadful. Rob Inglis does attempt to 'play' the different characters and he even does some of them well but aaah the monotony! I did finish the book, it did not improve and I shan't bother with the rest of the series as it's the same narrator. Also, most importantly WHY IS THIS BOOK SOLD IN TWO VOLUMES??!!. I have books in my library over 40 hrs long that are sold as one volume. I noticed this also applies to The Lord of the Rings. I do love audible but I'm quite disappointed with this two volume nonsense, 8 credits for 4 books, rip off anyone....

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • barry
    CARSHALTON, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "The Hobbit parts 1 & 2"

    Although the books were good,I think that the presentation of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings(all parts), could easily have been done in one part instead of two,(which everybody knows is a money making ploy.)By this I I mean that each book could have been in one part per book..Although this is the grievance I wished to make ,I think that all the books are BRILLIANT.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    8/10/11
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    "much better than the abridged version"

    Much more expensive because it is sold as two books instead of one, this recording of The Hobbit is much better than the abridged version available on Audible. Tolkien’s prose is more than half the fun, and the abridged version loses the sparkle and colour of it.
    Rob Inglis has done a great job again in narrating Tolkien, although his pronunciation of the word ‘eyrie’ is continually irritating in episodes featuring the eagles. Some of the Dwark names are a bit odd to my ear too, but I can live with those, unlike eyrie.
    As an postscript observation on a great many titles in the Audible catalogue, why don’t audiobook editors and producers actually do their job and ensure narrators pronounce words correctly? Some books are desecrated by bad editing and Audible surely has enough influence in the market to insist that their providers up their game on pronunciations – especially non-English words.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Newport, United Kingdom
    7/10/13
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    "Great stuff (for half a book)"

    Inglis' voice was excellent for this work, managing to capture all the different characters and narrative moments. It just seems a shame that the book has been split into two for no apparent reason. It's certainly no longer than other books that have been kept as one. However, otherwise a very pleasant and engaging listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nadina
    London, United Kingdom
    10/31/12
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    "Great story and a thoroughly enjoyable narration"

    I absolutely loved this book as a child and even more so a few years later... :)) It is written with a lovely sense of humour with none of the somewhat oppressing seriousness of The Lord of the Rings. It is light-hearted, with a captivating style and story line.



    The narration is only adds enjoyment to this audiobook. It is a shame that it has been split into two books, as there is no need for that. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nicolette
    Santiago, Chad
    12/1/13
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    "Bilbo is coming!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit, Part 1 the most enjoyable?

    The quaint introductory flute music placed me right there in Middle Earth in Bilbo Baggins' village. Bob Inglis' usually mellifluous voice, so aptly adapted to the wide range of characters - especially the inimitable Gollum - placed the cherry on top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hesitant Hobbit with his team of dwarf friends, becomes more intrepid with each more dangerous adventure and the marvelous rescues from disaster.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Bilbo and Gollum engage in a battle of wits - each trying to beat the other with an unsolvable riddle.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prologue to "The Lord of the Rings"


    Any additional comments?

    Spellbound-listening for children aged 8 to 80! I loved every word, every phrase. I can't wait to follow up with the Lord of the Rings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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