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The Hobbit Audiobook

The Hobbit

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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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    Bobby J. Holder Jr. KATY, TX, United States 10-10-12
    Bobby J. Holder Jr. KATY, TX, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2017

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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 31 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-08-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-08-17 Member Since 2016

    Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.

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    "Am I the only one?"

    I may be the only reviewer of The Hobbit who does not think it is perfectly enchanting. Honestly, I wavered between 3 and 4 stars... and I cannot quite explain why. So, I will start with saying that fantasy and young adult are both book genres that I mostly avoid, and that is influencing my view I am sure. But, I made up my mind to read the classics and this one was picked by a book club I am in so I read it. I actually had high hopes as I read the Harry Potter series finally a few months ago and it blew me away. Wow! It was such a revelation and pretty much had me convinced that I had been wrong about myself and that I was a fan of both fantasy and young adult books. And, perhaps this book simply doesn't live up to the HP standard.

    I did wish that I had watched the movie at some point. (And that is something I cringe to say as a person who always finds books far superior to movies.) Perhaps the movie would have made all the creatures found in this book more real to me. Perhaps I would have better pictured the countryside, the characters, the details. But generally my favorite books paint such vivid pictures that I cannot help but see what the author wants me to see. And I wasn't quite there with The Hobbit. Several times I stopped the app, rewound and listened again. Several times I stopped the app and asked my son to describe a certain character. I just did not follow the story well enough. This may be all about me... or it may be that the book simply wasn't as good as HP and I had set the barre high.

    Also, if I had not listened to the incomparable Jim Dale read those books I may have given Rob Ingliss 5 stars. He is very good. But, he is not even close to as good as Dale and I think -- because of the genre of book -- I was expecting that level of superiority.

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    John 11-17-14
    John 11-17-14 Member Since 2016

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    "A Magnificent Prelude"

    For someone who hasn’t read The Hobbit since high school—nearly 40 autumns past—this was a journey of rediscovery. For years I’ve been reading things like Beowulf, The Mabinogion, Hrafnkel’s Saga and Audun’s Story, vaguely conscious that these were the Icelandic, Saxon and medieval wellsprings Tolkien drew upon to create his story. Now I realize this gifted medievalist really wrote the perfect vehicle to get younger readers hooked on those particular veins of Western literature. It worked for me and I’m hoping it works for our kids.

    More, while every literary success in every age, from Chretien de Troyes to Bram Stoker, has bred imitators galore it is good to get back to the original tale that started all the fantasy/sci-fi conventions, the Dungeons and Dragons tournaments and the next season of Game of Thrones. The original retains its originality.

    And, scholarly roots and modern imitators aside, the story is a delight. It was conceived as such and delivers in full measure. And it is made all the more delightful by Rob Inglis’ voice work. He brings the same sonorous, rolling ease to this tale that Patrick Tull lends to O’Brien’s Aubrey/Maturin series.

    And, now that I’ve (finally, after all these years) embarked on the first volume of Lord of the Rings, I can look back and say that The Hobbit, while a good story wonderfully told, is really no more than the necessary prelude to what looks to be a profoundly great saga. (Yeah, I know. Generations of Tolkien readers already knew that. But I didn’t and I added it on the off chance that you didn’t either.)

    I’m also beginning to feel reconciled to the fact that Tolkien never finished most of his translations of Middle English epics and Icelandic sagas. The time was better spent with Bilbo, Thorin and Gandalf.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tango Texas 10-06-13
    Tango Texas 10-06-13

    Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.

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    "Even more fun on audio"

    I've lost count of the times I've read the Hobbit, but picked it up on audio with the deal of day. What a delight! I'm so happy to add this to my audio library now. The master, JRR Tolkien never fails to enchant and this is a really nicely done audio with the songs actually sung and special, fitting voices for the sweet, the mysterious, and the scary inhabitants of Middle Earth. If you have read it before, try it again on audio. If you haven't read it, why not???? Great for audiences of any age.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 08-18-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A classic"

    The hobbit needs no introduction. It is a start of a series that changed the face of fantasy in profound way. It starts off as more of a children story than the movie have you believe. Starting with Bilbo, author establishes the characters and their limitations. Tone is lighter at the start of the book, but it steadily grows serious to a point that end of the book deals with serious politics and large scale war. Story is told from third person perspective and it works well with the content of the book. A reader can feel a sense of adventure that it was established because of the limitations introduced by author earlier in the book. Dwarves are funny and entertaining even through sometimes it is difficult to keep track of them and their personalities while listening to the narration. In the end, book has a message positive message of anyone (no matter how small) can make a big difference.

    Narrator did a great job and I really enjoyed the book. There were plenty of songs in this book and they were sang quiet nicely by the narrator. Needless to say that book is highly recommended and will provide great entertainment.

    I will be picking up the Lord Of The Rings narrated by same person.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Bandon, OR, United States 11-10-12
    Kindle Customer Bandon, OR, United States 11-10-12 Member Since 2014

    Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!

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    "Hurrray audible has the Hobbit unabridged!!!"

    So happy for The Hobbit to be on to be on audible unabridged. Abridged versions of books are just so wrong it's a crime. The narrator is wonderful. He is very able to carry this story and separate the voices. His tone and the depth of his voice, it's a pleasure to listen to. The story is after all the Hobbit. It's wonderful and fantastical and an adventure that everyone must take at least once in their lives.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 10-31-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 10-31-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "Fantastic!"

    I tried to read Tolkien when I was young but it just didn't hold my attention - too many weird names (I hate when I don't know how to pronounce a name in my head) and songs and maps to keep track of. Even though I've seen all the movies (and the animated version of The Hobbit of course), I've always felt left out - I knew that true Tolkien fans had some inner level of cool that I lacked. Now, I am SO glad I missed out as a kid because it made listening to the audio version so much better! The narrator is perfect and of course the writing is superior. I am going to listen to the rest of them and really hope they are as good as The Hobbit.

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    Joe Chad Ohio 07-25-15
    Joe Chad Ohio 07-25-15 Member Since 2016

    I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.

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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.

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    Krista 10-10-12
    Krista 10-10-12

    three favorite words: "This is Audible."

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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.

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

    Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!

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    "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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