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.
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!
This book is action packed and much better than the lord of the rings book.This book tells the tale of Bilbo the hobbit adventure to claim back treasure from a dragon. In this book you will learn how bilbo got hold of the ring and meet gollum for the first time.If you have read or watched any of the films of LOTR you need to read or listen to this book.
It's hard to find anything wrong with this Audiobook. I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrator is also very talented as he effects voices for different monsters and people superbly. Good job!
Lord of the Rings.
When Thorin was dying and said that he wanted to die while at peace with Bilbo.
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'm 42 and have always had a love of books and story's, so Audible is fantastic for me.
This is a lovely book and the voice of Martin Shaw just makes it come alive?
Try it you won't regret it.
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!
"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.
"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!
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 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.
"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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