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Publisher's Summary

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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awesome

it was really good with the story and speech it was just amazing and magnificent.

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Excellent narration.

We listened while on a road trip. The miles flew by. Download it and 'happy trails'.

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  • cornelia
  • fairview, WY, United States
  • 10-17-16

Good Read

was entertaining.
not sure about the singing parts.
All in all well done as the story goes.

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  • Z. Evans
  • Indianapolis, IN USA
  • 10-17-16

Wonderful story and good performance

I loved this story and the performance was pretty good. Rob Inglis is not quite as versatile as some readers in terms of making different voices for characters. I had a hard time telling the difference between voices sometimes.

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Never gets Old

I first read The Hobbit in the summer before entering high school. I love it then and still do. The narrator, Rob Inglis, does an outstanding job bringing the story to life in this unabridged audio edition.

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Wonderfully narrated.

I have read the hard copy many times. The narration for the audio was superb.

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PHENOMENON!!

The story was GREAT - ofcourse! But the NARRATOR MADE IS SO MUCH BETTER. He has such a wonderful voice. And he sings so well! If listen to this story again, which I probably will, I look forward to all the merrimaking and SINGING because this narrator is just THAT good!!!

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Fantastic

A great rendition of a legendary book.

Some of the song performances got a little hammy but honestly I couldn't help but smile at his innocent attempt at them.

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Great read.

The story by itself is a classic. But the narration is one of the best I've heard. His different characters remains consistent throughout the book. Definitely give it a try even if you've seen the movie or read it before!

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Terrific performance

Great performance by Rob Inglis with an even better story. Gentle tale of jolly adventure