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The Hobbit | [J.R.R. Tolkien]

The Hobbit

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he casught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance!

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

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    Paul S 05/01/2007
    Paul S 05/01/2007
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    "The Hobbit"

    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!!).

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    J sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom 27/05/2007
    J sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom 27/05/2007
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    "THE HOBBIT (no singing version!)"

    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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha United Kingdom 18/05/2006
    Samantha United Kingdom 18/05/2006
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    "all good ;-)"

    this is a book everyone should have hear, read and share with all the family.
    Have a listern it will take you on a far away journey.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    A. Farrow essex, england 13/04/2013
    A. Farrow essex, england 13/04/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "good old fashioned fantasty"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Squidge welwyn garden city, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Squidge welwyn garden city, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2013

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    "Great read!"

    It was fantastic to be able to listen to Hobbit in the car, my busy life style doesn't allow much time for sitting down with a good book. So lots tending to the story was fantastic for me and I love the way it was read, you were able to imagine the story unfolding before you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Di Reigate, Surrey, United Kingdom 22/11/2010
    Di Reigate, Surrey, United Kingdom 22/11/2010 Member Since 2013
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    "An all time classic!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe 24/02/2015
    Joe 24/02/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Good apart from the voice of gollum"

    fantastic story, brilliant narration aside from the bits with gollum.Good god it made my ears hurt.I had to skip through it it got so bad.His voice was SOO screechy

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    zerosprite 02/02/2015
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    "Established classic"

    Martin Shaw makes a great storyteller, I enjoyed his interpretation and the original version bears comparison against the film trilogy.

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    Jamie Barfield 10/01/2015
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    "Loved it!!"

    Really enjoyed it, not long watched the last film and having never read the book I thought I would give it a try, very glad I did. This is my first book that I've tried on here and enjoyed it very much!!

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    Lizzy 04/01/2015
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    "The Hobbit an amazing book"

    Great book to listen to (read). The narrator has a very clear voice easy to listen too. I loved it.

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  • P. Michelle
    26/08/11
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    "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!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Guadix, GranadaSpain
    05/02/09
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Antill
    02/01/15
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    "Not quite what expected but appreciated."

    I watched the movies before reading the book. I appreciated Tolkien enthusiasm for poetry and old school English. I did however think that Hollywood's transformation of the novel and addition of characters and happenings in the tale made it 100 times more fascinating and gripping. The performance of the narrator was good but I didn't like how he read Smaugs part. A mighty dragon should have more of a deep bellowing voice then a snake like hiss. I think if one read the book first they would be delighted in the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie
    17/09/14
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    "GREAT BOOK RUINED BY SKIPPING OF STORY!"
    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    fantasy, war & engaging


    What did you like best about this story?

    The riddles with Gollum by far! :)


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

    no


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    PLEASE DON'T SKIP SO MANY PARAGRAPHS! I WAS TRYING TO FOLLOW ON WITH MY COPY AND IT MADE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE! NO WONDER IT WAS ONLY 6 HOURS COMPARED TO 9 HOURS OF MOVIE TIME! Otherwise a great reading! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    Mount Macedon, Australia
    29/05/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    28/08/12
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    "Good book"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Its about Hobits. Didn't listen to it my self.


    What three words best describe Martin Shaw’s voice?

    Engaging, easy to list too.


    Could you see The Hobbit being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Most properly


    Any additional comments?

    I wish audio books followed the novels word for word, that would be really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Le Attfield
    New Zealand
    08/03/10
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    "Fantastic Story"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nick
    RoystonUnited Kingdom
    10/08/09
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mohammed
    DurbanSouth Africa
    20/10/09
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    "Brilliantly narrated"

    It is so refreshing to hear an excellently written book narrated so brilliantly. Martin Shaw does an excellent job. A must hear!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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