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The Hobbit, Part 2 | [J. R. R. Tolkien]

The Hobbit, Part 2

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 caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be 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, 1995*, 1997* The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK 2002

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    Joseph Rochdale, UK 06/09/2013
    Joseph Rochdale, UK 06/09/2013 Member Since 2013
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    "True to the original story."
    If you could sum up The Hobbit, Part 2 in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, clear, entertaining.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Rob has a good singing voice which he uses quite often. Not to my taste but probably a true interpretation of Tolkien's original.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very well read version of The Hobbit and kept me interested all the way through. This is the third version I have heard, 1 abridged, 1 dramatized, and finally this one, which for me is the best.

    Why Audible felt the need to sell this fairly short book into two parts I don't know. Money making?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mr 23/10/2014
    Mr 23/10/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "My favourite book performed brilliantly!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit, Part 2 to be better than the print version?

    I would always say that I prefer the print version as nothing will take away how I originally pictured each character and imagined how they sounded. However, Rob Inglis does a great job at bringing the story to life. Some of the singing parts are a bit cringey but I can't see any other way of performing the songs within the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer BOLTON, United Kingdom 02/01/2013
    Amazon Customer BOLTON, United Kingdom 02/01/2013
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    "a good tail told"

    a well told story by rob lnglis well narrated and clearley told nice voices for the carricters and al done with a love for the book i loved this and pt 1 well worth the listening time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 07/04/2013
    Amy 07/04/2013
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    "A Classic!"

    Rob Inglis has a soothing voice ( could seem to be a little dull in the first few minutes - but creates good voices for the characters). I love this classic story, especially seeing how events and characters link to Lord of the Rings.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Vaughan 15/02/2015
    Jim Vaughan 15/02/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, well narrated - but why in 2 parts!?"

    My main gripe is that this already short 12 hr book was unnecessarily split into two 6 hr books!! Why?!

    Having got that off my chest, it is however, a classic story, faultlessly read and performed by Rob Inglis.

    I read the Hobbit as a book, some time ago, but was pleasantly surprised to be reminded how much depth there was to the plot. It is sometimes regarded as a mere prequel to "Lord of the Rings", and yet it is in many ways a better book, with less of the "march-fight-rest-march again" cycles of LotR as it bounces along.

    You probably already know whether stories of trolls, dwarves, elves, goblins and dragons etc. float your boat. Like Marmite, some love Tolkien's stuff, while others can't stand it. If you aren't sure (actually, I'm not too sure myself), I would advise starting with The Hobbit (part 1) first, before embarking on the even more epic quest to listen to Lord of the Rings. Like LotR, there are hours of fun to be had afterwards, analysing and arguing over all the allegorical symbolic meanings behind the narrative.

    Overall, this is a classic tale, excellently narrated, that bounces along at a good pace, with all the magic and enchantment of a pre-scientific age.

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    Simon 14/01/2015
    Simon 14/01/2015

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    "Beware the singing!"

    I loved all of it, except the singing! When you have it on sleep timer & all of a sudden there's loud singing, kind of ruins you dropping off to sleep. That said, great performance.

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    Amazon Customer london uk 03/01/2015
    Amazon Customer london uk 03/01/2015 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader and rider, 100% positive 100 % of the time haha !! life's and adventure to be lived to the full each and every day !!

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    "The Hobbit"

    As usual, Tolkien is the master of middle earth. The story if you have already read the Lord of the rings trilogy is entertaining if not as gripping as the other 3. It is very enlightening though to see some of the early history of Bilbo and his dealings with the elves, dwarves and Gandalf. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable experience rather well narrated.

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    Emily East cowes, United Kingdom 17/12/2014
    Emily East cowes, United Kingdom 17/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved the book but the singing!!"

    Loved this story and the narration was good BUT ..... The singing after a while is so annoying. I wish he would have just spoken it. Other than that I loved it.

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    "A classic tale"

    I'm a Tolkein fan, so no suprises that I enjoyed this book. It took me a little while to get used to the reading style, but once I had I enjoyed the interpretation.

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    Gary Satherley Gwent, South Wales United Kingdom 23/09/2013
    Gary Satherley Gwent, South Wales United Kingdom 23/09/2013 Member Since 2015
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    "A Delight."

    It's nice to take a trip back to the world of the hobbit. And there is no one better to accompany you there than Rob Inglis. He is the perfect narrator for this story. At times I felt Tolkein himself was reading to me. Puts everything he has into the narration, and brings each character to life.

    5/5 A delight!

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  • Scott
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    "Capitalism run amok"

    Tokien and the Hobbit are wonderful, and there's nothing I can say that hasn't already been written. However, Audible.com deserves scorn for the blatant money-grab move of splitting this into two parts just prior to the release of the new movie.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Quorn, Australia
    16/01/12
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    "Good Story, But Why Split it into Two Purchases?"
    What other book might you compare The Hobbit, Part 2 to and why?

    I found The Hobbit's structure easier to follow than The Lord of the Rings. I sometimes struggle with Tolkien's style but that's just me. I know many who love it.


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

    Rob Inglis is an excellent audiobook presenter.


    Any additional comments?

    I really can't understand why Audible has split some books into two purchases? Why do this? Who reads/ listens to half a book? Other books cost more or 2 credits, so I just can't understand this.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hilde
    Kolnes, Norway
    29/11/11
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    "Great performance"

    I really liked listening to Rob Inglis performance. English is not my native language, so I like it when a book is not read too fast. I liked Inglis' pace, his dramatization, and his voice was very pleasant to listen to. Books read by Inglis will be on my wishlist.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pint-sized Bookworm
    Hervey Bay
    07/07/14
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    "The road goes ever on."
    Would you listen to The Hobbit, Part 2 again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to this again as this is a great listen although Rob Ingliss should not have sung the songs. A wonderful story full of adventure, dwarves, elves, a dragon, a Hobbit and a wizard. Also written by J.R.R. Tolkien.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    Rob Ingliss gives an excellent performance as the Dragon Smaug.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Thorin overcomes his greed and walks out of the mountain leading his dwarves to battle against the goblins.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the prequel to Lord of the Rings and in my opinion one of the best children's books ever written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siri
    Tromsø, Norway
    26/03/13
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    "This book should be Pensum on all schools."

    I mean that, it is a wonderful work and a classic book that will thatch children the wonder of fantasi and imagination. The Narrater is good, I love that he givs the characters voices so that when the different dworf talk and you don't get to know who was who before the end of the situation.
    It is a bit hard to understand way Kili and Fili sound so strange but they are the only one that got a voice that are a bit over the top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • José
    Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
    08/01/13
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    "Great performance"

    Great story, great performance, I loved particularily the songs. The voices were excelent, I'll probably buy another performed by Rob Inglis. (other than the other half of this one)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tania
    Australia
    07/01/13
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    "Well done"
    Where does The Hobbit, Part 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's an engrossing story


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit, Part 2 to and why?

    I haven't heard enough audiobooks to compare


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Inglis has a voice very well suited to telling The Hobbit's tale. He changed the delivery for each character , and he also has a pleasant singing voice!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Having read the book in the past, I was prepared for most of its twists.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Rob Inglis read The Hobbit to me as I drove between Adelaide and Melbourne!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    armidale, Australia
    25/12/12
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    "Good lead in for the Hobbit movies"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - overall it is well done and the characters are portrayed well. As always the singing was a little odd - but that might just be me?


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit, Part 2 to and why?

    Nothing to compare to except The Hobbit Part 1


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    Bilbo


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Thorin's death was a special moment that encapsulated the turmoil of courage honour and friendship within the "reality" of war.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth a listen as it is sometimes a pleasure to have a book read to you. However for fans of this book you have to understand that having it read to you means that some decisions about the characters that are yours if you read are made for you by the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arturo
    Vejle, Denmark
    18/12/12
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    "Worth every penny"
    What made the experience of listening to The Hobbit, Part 2 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bilbo, just because he is the protagonist


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mystic and folklore. Accent and narrative talent.


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

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    Sogne, Norway
    15/12/12
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    "A really entertaining story"

    The Hobbit is a really enetertaining story which I have been meening to read for several years but finally got around to listen to. Rob Inglis did a good job narrating this story (and a good job singing in it). I would have loved to listen to the full story in one go, but didn't have the time to do it. I absolutely recomend you to listen to this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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