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The Hobbit Audiobook

The Hobbit

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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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    Punkrockin4220 Minnesota 03-18-16
    Punkrockin4220 Minnesota 03-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "One of The Greatest Fantasy Story's Of All Time"
    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    His many voices and the excitement in his reading.


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    Robert Inglis is one of the best narrators out there. I remember about 5 or 6 years ago I listened to The Hobbit with him narrating and I fell in love with his many character voices and his excitement when he read. I couldn't wait to download and listen to these books once I remembered who narrated them. I am now on The Earthsea Cycle just because of his good narration style. Lord of The Rings the movies are great! Don't get me wrong but I still think the book and him narrating are better!! I feel like he hit the voices perfectly. If you haven't read, watched or listened to Lord of The Rings and you enjoy fantasy you are missing out. You owe it to yourself to read what made fantasy what it is today. You can't go wrong with Robert Inglis either. I wish he did more books to be honest.

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    Patricia 03-18-16
    Patricia 03-18-16
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    "Glad to know how it started."

    Wonderful story. Wonderfully done. We are ready for the Fellowship of the Ring. We've read the Ring cycle before but not the Hobbit. Now we are excited to listen to the others for a different experience.

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    Harold Wise 03-16-16
    Harold Wise 03-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I was impressed with the narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this, though the story doesn't need much advertising based on the popularity of the movies. I loved this mostly because of the incredible job they did on the voices of the different characters. They were very believeable and came to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably the dwarves because of their humour and funny voices.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't.


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

    I would have if I had the time.


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    tina 03-14-16
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    Chantal 03-14-16
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    "There is toooo much singing in this book!"

    The overall story was pretty good the the performance was great as well however, there was toooo much singing in this book.....really could have done without that much....a song here or there would have been more enjoyable on the ears.

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    Amazon Customer 03-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "good driving read"

    I had tried to read the Hobbit many times, but having someone else read it to me was much easier, and with my daily commute, it was wonderful. While the narrator is great, some of his voices are hard to understand, leading to some confusion, though over all enjoyment.

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    Earthmother1999 03-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A fairly good reading of a fairly great story."

    I'd read The Hobbit before, years ago, and loved it. Years later, I can still find little fault with the story, aside from one or two inconsistencies with its sequel(s), The Lord of the Rings, being one story published in three volumes. These inconsistencies are fairly minor and don't detract greatly, even during repeated readings.

    I found the reading adequate. Though Rob Inglis is not very good at doing character voices and probably shouldn't have attempted it, his general narration is quite a pleasant listen; perhaps too pleasant at times. I fell asleep listening a number of times and had to backtrack to find where I dozed off. I don't recommend listening late at night or when very tired unless you want to be lulled to sleep. Still, overall, a pretty good unabridged reading of this timeless classic.

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    Wyatt 03-08-16
    Wyatt 03-08-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Hearing the songs of Tolkien lore made my listen"

    Hard to argue with a Tolkien story, but this audiobook had me from start to end.

    If you want a review of the actual book, I'm sure there are many better versed than I to give such. But Tolkien is great for his rich lore, fleshy explanations and not shying from detail. The Hobbit is no exception and in audio form comes to life as songs are sung and you get a real sense of the moods they are intended to convey.

    That last thought feeds nicely into how the voice actor is the most appropriate for this story. Much like Roy Distris(hope I spelled that right) for A Song Of Ice And Fire, Rob Inglis really is the voice that was meant for Tolkien's works. He convey's each character uniquely enough that you may understand who is saying what without the need of stating who is speaking. His voice is also very rich and he sings the dwarvish and elvish melodies like nobodies business.

    If I had to give a most memorable part of the book it would have to be the ending, both for events(no spoilers) and the song sung by the elves just before the journey home.

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    Michele E. Mathews 03-07-16
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    "Brilliant story"

    Not my favourite narrator but the story is brilliant so one learns to makes allowances.

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    Jesse 03-03-16
    Jesse 03-03-16
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    "Wonderfully writen and spectacularly read!"

    This was always one of my favorite books. Rob makes it even better. It really reminds me of the old cartoon movie.

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