Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
©1937, 1951, 1966, 1978 George Allen and Unwin (Publishers) Ltd.; (P)1993 HarperCollins UK
Listened to this in the car with the kids (8 & 13) & we all loved it. In this abridged version the story cracks along at a good pace & the narration by Martin Shaw is just right (it also has no singing which is a big plus!!).
I usually buy unabridged books but having skimmed most of the songs sections while reading The Hobbit (over the years) felt that I did not really want to listen to all the songs/rhymes etc. included in this book. I love The Hobbit and this recording was exciting and wonderful to listen to at bedtime or while travelling. None of the essence of the adventure is lost and I would really reccomend this book. My 14 year old son enjoyed it too.
the hobbit is a fantasy story, but it is not an epic tale; its quite a simple story, but one you cant help but love. it is essentially a children's book, and is not as intense or dark as the lord of the rings, but it still draws you in as an adult. it offers up lighthearted humor with a fun and captivating story- and also there is Gollum to enjoy!
I chose this version because of Martin Shaw being the narrator. He reads it beautifully with good characterisation - as you can well imagine making the dwarves sound different from each other would be quite a job.
Anyway, I would love to hear Mr Shaw read an unabridged version, but this is a good version to get to know this book.
Although it has been sympathetically abridged, there is nothing like the whole story, because knowing the book well, I missed the bits that had been cut out.
This was a 'must read' book for my 10-year-old son, so we decided to listen to it instead. I'd forgotten how rich and engaging the story was. Great to revisit it again!
I bought a Kindle & managed to fill it with books my wife & family bought me a Kindle Fire HD because I'm disabled.
Yes. If it works.
When I was able, I read an ordinary book it was great book to read you could disappear into fantasy, now that I'm disabled I would like to listen to it to disappear into fantasy again.
I have read the book several times, but thought it would be novel (pardon the pun) to listen to it, and having Martin Shaw as the narrator would be the icing on the cake. But after I had listened to it for a while, realised I had downloaded an abridged version. The book lost its appeal after that.
I would recommend this to a friend as it is an very interesting book and in my opinion better than the movie
Gandalf because he always comes in to save the day and he is confident but not arrogant
I thought his reading on the book was brilliant, each voice for each character were easy to distinguish between
I wouldn't say it moved me but I found the bit with the trolls very funny and interesting
I saw the film and had to buy the audible book. The film set the mood and the book really expands your picture of middle earth during the smaug era. Martin Shaw also makes this book all the more enjoyable.
"abridged does not mean cut in half"
I like the narrator and the story... it's just a shame that this book has been edited down 50% I wish I had noticed that this was the abridged version when buying :-( now I have to buy the regular copy just so I know everything that happens :-(
Do not buy this version buy the full version!
"A very enthused family of listeners"
My children and I enjoyed this very much and would recommend it. It is read by one person rather than multiple readers, but this was not a problem, rather the narrator was excellent.
"A thrilling tail brought beautifully to life"
Martin Shaw is perfectly cast as the narrator for this abridged version of The Hobbit. He reads with great characterisation, giving each their own voice and personality - no easy feat with such a large ensemble cast to portray! I love that Bilbo has a West Country inspired accent (by no means the full Wurzel) which reveals and speaks to his home-loving nature and gentleness while not at all seeming dumb.
Some may be disappointed that this is only an abridged version, but I can find to reason to fault it. Highly recommended, for the new listener to Tolkien's works, or for the seasoned fan looking to return to the Shire.
This audio book unfortunately doens't follow word by word of the book and that was a problem as my daughter needed to listen to the book and follow in the book for school.She struggles with her reading and cause High school doesn't give you long to read a book she can use her kiddle if available in audio. So she can listen and follow in the book. It didn't work.
Its about Hobits. Didn't listen to it my self.
Engaging, easy to list too.
I wish audio books followed the novels word for word, that would be really good.
This is my first Audiobook, and I am currently on my fourth hour and I am absolutely loving it. I wish I could find another book that is as good as this one. I have looked around and can't seem to find a book that has a great adventure with diferent races like dwarfs etc,... I looked at the LOTR however when I listened to the sample that total put me off of Dramatised versions, the background music etc is terreble.
The Hobit is fantastic and I highly recommend it, it had a great adventure, many diferent races, and the nerrator just puts the cherry on the top.
"A bit too abridged"
Knowing the written book very well, this abridged reading skips rather too much. All the detail of the original is lost.
But... on the otherhand for a first-time reader/listener it might work well to tell the tale an lead onto the written version or unabridged audible.
It is so refreshing to hear an excellently written book narrated so brilliantly. Martin Shaw does an excellent job. A must hear!
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