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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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Finally!

What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit the most enjoyable?

Rob Inglis is the ultimate story teller! Perfect listen by the fire place! With multiple voices he is truly the Lon Chaney of audio! I have been borrowing these at my library for years. Now I can finally have them in my library. I listen to them yearly. Other versions of Tolkien's works by various authors pale compared to Rob Inglis' proper style.

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

Pleasant voice. Knows when to emphasize!

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

absolutely. The way Rob reads, allows for no dull moments.

24 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Will Always have a Spot in My Heart

No matter how many books I read, I will never be able to forget the sheer awesomeness of this book. This novel epitomized the enjoyment I had as a child in reading. I can honestly say I have probably read it at least a half dozen times. Everything about this book is perfect to me. As far as I am concerned this is where the true fantasy novels began. I loved the unforgettable characters, the simple but excellent plot, and the somewhat archaic action scenes. For me there are two things that truly make this book an instant classic. The first is the characters, which are all unique and lovable. Everyone of them has their own quirks and elements that make them stand out. All of them are fresh in my mind from Bilbo to Bomber. The other part of this novel that makes it incredible is the setting, which is described in loving detail by Tolkien. From the cutlery used in Bilbo's house to the sweep of The Misty Mountains, it is all there describe down to the last small detail. The plot while being quite simple, is perfect for the novel that Tolkien is trying to write. Also, we must remember that this book was revolutionary when it was written and it was one of the first of the genre. Therefor, even though the plot is quaint, it is still beautiful in its own way. One thing I cannot forget is Rob Inglis's narration, which is probably the bes narration I have ever heard. He captures every character in a unique voice that defined them for me perfectly, When they spoke I felt they were right next to me talking to me, that's how real he made them seem. Also, I have to mention his songs, Tolkien throws a few dwarven songs into the book, and Mr. Inglis sings them beautifully. If you haven't read this book yet, then there is something wrong with you and you better rectify that problem right now.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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classic story, didn't like the narrator

I listened to this ahead of the release of the first movie, since it had been decades since I read it and I barely remembered anything. The story was charming and clever and I really enjoyed it. The narrator didn't really work for me. The character voices were not at all what I imagined and I never got used to it. That is a personal issue, however, and I'm sure many listeners would appreciate the narration. In any case, I tolerated it and was happy to have an unabridged version to listen to.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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FINALLY!

I am so excited to see unabridged versions of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy made available on Audible. Rob Inglis is simply the best narrator ever. He gives each character a unique voice and makes listening to these classics a delight!
All 4 books should be considered "must reads" for everyone.

29 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy
  • Buffalo
  • 07-10-17

poor editing and recording

audio is edited poorly. the breaks in dialogue where the narrator breaks are very noticeable.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • C. Telfair
  • Shepherdstown, WV, United States
  • 12-27-12

Gather Around and Listen!

If ever a book was meant to be read aloud, it's this one! The storyteller is a tremendously important part of "The Hobbit", and Inglis just does a wonderful job enthralling us all with this adventure.

The tone and significance of this work is very different from that of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. As long as you recognize that and accept "The Hobbit" for the children's book it basically is, you will enjoy this version of a classic. And, when it comes to a good tale, there's a child in each of us who will absolutely love it!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great. Until little problem at the end.

I thought it was a great performance. Until the end. Towards the end it seemed like the narrator started chewing on something. Or maybe sucking on a hard candy. I know that sounds strange. But something with the performance changed towards the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Smiling the whole way through

The Hobbit narration by Rob Inglis made me feel as though I was sitting by the warm fire hearing the tale from Tolkien himself. Definitely a wonderful piece.

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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 10-09-16

Only one caution....

This performance is of such quality that readers will be swept right into the pages of JRR Tolkien's book and feel like a member of the community.

To prevent others from interrupting this audio book, it is my suggestion that all listeners grab a hard copy of the book and follow along with the narrator. The names of the people and places will jump right in front of the eyes and the reader will be there: on the path, in the battle, with the treasure, and with all the creatures of Tolkien's imagination.

I had to go to the book to gain the peace to follow with this rich performance because my headphones were not enough to guarantee an uninterrupted afternoon.

Exquisite! Bravo! Bravo!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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yes simply yes

I love the story and especially the singing of the narrator when there were songs to be sung. I also enjoyed the voices he did through out the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful