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
Interesting, clear, entertaining.
Rob has a good singing voice which he uses quite often. Not to my taste but probably a true interpretation of Tolkien's original.
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?
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.
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
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.
Superb listen, off to read rest of LORD of the Rings now, feeling nostalgic and wanting some easy listening I even listened to the songs which I skip when reading.
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.
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.
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 !!
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.
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.
"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.
"Good Story, But Why Split it into Two Purchases?"
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.
Rob Inglis is an excellent audiobook presenter.
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.
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.
"Rob Inglis' voice a perfect fit"
Dragons, dwarves and kings, and also Hobbits are all very well played by Rob Inglis in this version.
"The road goes ever on."
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.
Rob Ingliss gives an excellent performance as the Dragon Smaug.
When Thorin overcomes his greed and walks out of the mountain leading his dwarves to battle against the goblins.
This is the prequel to Lord of the Rings and in my opinion one of the best children's books ever written.
"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.
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)
It's an engrossing story
I haven't heard enough audiobooks to compare
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!
Having read the book in the past, I was prepared for most of its twists.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Rob Inglis read The Hobbit to me as I drove between Adelaide and Melbourne!
"Good lead in for the Hobbit movies"
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?
Nothing to compare to except The Hobbit Part 1
Thorin's death was a special moment that encapsulated the turmoil of courage honour and friendship within the "reality" of war.
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.
"Worth every penny"
Bilbo, just because he is the protagonist
Mystic and folklore. Accent and narrative talent.
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