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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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    Devin 07-06-15
    Devin 07-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Everything is great...except the songs!!"
    Where does The Hobbit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Hobbit is an all time favorite. Great narrating too...except for the singing!! Dear God, I've never heard such tone-deaf, tuneless singing. Tolkien's songs have such beautiful lyrics, and can be read as poetry. I wish the narrator would have taken that approach.


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    Andy Buffalo 07-10-17
    Andy Buffalo 07-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "poor editing and recording"

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

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer California 02-10-17
    Amazon Customer California 02-10-17 Member Since 2014
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    "slow to like"

    Not too keen on Inglis' narration, and when he sings songs from the text I have to cringe... but even so this was a pleasurable audio text.

    19 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    🇺🇸DARA South Carolina, USA 06-06-13
    🇺🇸DARA South Carolina, USA 06-06-13

    💙 A Good Story Especially w/Romance🔹Audiobooks+Work=Adventures 💫 Enjoy Listening, Debating, & Reviewing with My Book Club🔹NO SPOILERS 🙊

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    "Classic"

    I read this as a child and wanted to revisit it now as an adult and I'm so glad I did. I had forgotten a lot of the details and the depth of the story. It was nice to listen to it this time because it gave it a different perspective. What a classic what a treasure.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Sher from Provo Utah 04-08-13
    Sher from Provo Utah 04-08-13 Member Since 2015

    Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.

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    "Quite a journey"

    I read this book the first time many years ago. I was hooked instantly, and went on to read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I have loved these books ever since.

    It was great this time 'round to have it read to me by a fabulous narrator. As I have read other reviews, I was struck by how many people were lucky enough to have a parent read this to them as children, or to read it along with a parent. I did not have that experience and am envious of it. So having Mr. Inglis read it to me is second best. That is not to say his reading is anything but amazing! and I also loved his singing of the songs. I want to believe he made the melodies up himself.

    All in all, I was charmed again by this book, by the characters, the journey, the deep meaning, and the flow of Tolkein's writing. I rarely reread fiction, but this one is, and will be in the future, and exception to my rule.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 10-09-12
    Candace Amarillo, TX, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2015

    I love books! All kinds... classics, mysteries, Christian fiction, suspense and action! I'm also a sucker for anything romantic. ;) And just recently started getting into some non-fiction, philosophical books.

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    "Absolutely Amazing."

    I am so glad that this is finally available on Audible! The book is one of my favorites, great all ages. Full of elves, dwarfs, dragons, wizards, goblins, giant spiders... Absolutely fun and engrossing.

    I love the narrator as well. He brings the characters to life and his voice is very pleasant to listen to.

    Anyone can, and should, enjoy this book. It was written for everyone! As another reviewer said, this is a book (and series) that defined the genre of fantasy. I can't wait to listen to all of them.

    And THANK YOU Audible for, when finally releasing the series, and knowing it would be popular, having each book only 1 credit. Certainly worth more, but it means that people who haven't read these amazing books are more likely to take the leap and find themselves enchanted.

    I plan on fully enjoying the next 65 hours and 17 minutes of my listening.

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 10-09-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 10-09-12

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Victory after all, I suppose!"

    There are a rare handful of children's books and fantasy novels that definitely deserve to be experienced in different ways (books, movies, audio) and at different times (youth, middle age, etc). I remember my first exposure to this wonderful piece of high fantasy as a child. I loved the world Tolkien created and the way he was able to balance fantasy, poetry, humor and drama. I read it again during the whole 'Lord of the Rings' (LOTR) movie period, and now I've just listened to it on Audible with my own kids in anticipation of taking them to the movie. Wow!

    When judging 'the Hobbit', it is tempting to grade it straight against the LOTR trilogy. There is a trap, however, in reading 'the Hobbit' AFTER reading the LOTR. While these works by Tolkien are obviously related, they are very, very different. Tolkien's approach, tone, style and intended audience was a different. If you separate LOTR from 'the Hobbit', gently, it is easier to see the greatness of 'the Hobbit' on its own.

    As an adult, I now view 'the Hobbit' more as a Bildungsroman rather than a traditional quest novel. Listening and reading this with my kids, I found myself once more transported not just to middle-earth, but back to my own youth and innocence.

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    Abbey Craig 07-05-17
    Abbey Craig 07-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautiful story ruined by narrator."
    What would have made The Hobbit better?

    A narrator who did not sound as though he had a mouthful of marbles. Needs a new narrator who can handle the material and is able to tell the story...not mumble his way through JRR Tolkien's wondrous work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story, obviously. All of it.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By having, as I noted earlier, a narrator who could handle the story . Someone who would sound energized to be chosen to read Tolkien's work. The present narrator, who, I believe, was employed to 'recite" all of Tolkien's audibly performed work, as well as the recording itself, is old & outdated. Needs a top notch recording studio and top notch performer! Please redo this! Being in my late 60's, my eyesight is not able to handle reading long stories, such as this one. I was so pleased when I discovered "The Hobbit" available as an audio recording, but shattered after hearing the first 5 minutes of this monotone, grumbling, rumbling narrator whom I could barely understand. I could not listen to the rest of this recording. Very disappointed Purchasing This recording was a waste of my "credits".


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Hobbit?

    Keep all scenes, get decent narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    I think I've made my point.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-20-12
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-20-12 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Finally! Thank you Audible!"

    Being a fan of the world of Middle-Earth since I was about ten or so, I was delighted when in Middle School I discovered the unabridged audiobook recordings produced by Recorded Books. As with most of what RB does, they picked the perfect narrator. British stage actor Rob Inglis does an excellent job of bringing the many characters to life, in this case Bilbo and Thorin and Company, not to mention the many characters they meet o their quest to recover the Dwarves' treasure. And unlike most narrators, Mr. Inglis actually sings the many songs sprinkled throughout the story and, while he doesn't always choose what I would consider the right tune for all the given songs, he does have a good tenor. His regular narration style is also extremely pleasant on the ears, and his pronunciation of the names of characters and places is also excellent. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed when Audible removed these recordings from their site some years back and extremely delighted a few days ago when I discovered they'd made them available once again. I used this month's two credits to buy The Hobbit and Fellowship of the Ring and plan to use next month's two to buy the remainder of the story. If you're a fan of the Lord of the Rings and were disappointed or at least not completely satisfied by the other adaptations out there, you may just be in for a pleasant surprise if you give these unabridged productions a listen. It's much more convenient having them available in digital format since you won't have to worry about tapes or discs wearing out, which they inevitably do eventually. I just need to get myself a bigger IPod.

    34 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-08-17
    Kelly Colorado Springs 05-08-17

    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.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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