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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. 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!
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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.

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!

©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 Member Since 2015
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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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    Darren 18/06/2015
    Darren 18/06/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    Great book well read very happy with this purchase would recommend this to all fantasy lovers brought back childhood memories of having it read to me

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    Slug 17/06/2015
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    "Well it's finished!"

    Love it loads gutted its finished don't now what to listen to next!! Maybe just start The Lord Of The Rings again haha

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    Jim Pope 19/05/2015
    Jim Pope 19/05/2015

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    "A very happy return"

    I first read this when 11 and each time since have drawn new insights. This is a well crafted tale with much to tell of how we should live.

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    Pierre 09/05/2015
    Pierre 09/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "brilliant all round classic Tolkien get lost in d"

    great addition to the librery classic Tolkien get lost in deep fantasy with this book

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    GAMES MOM DEVON, UK 06/04/2015
    GAMES MOM DEVON, UK 06/04/2015 Member Since 2013

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    "Brilliant listen"

    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.

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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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    "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.

    7 of 7 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.

    6 of 6 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
  • Jason
    15/06/15
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    "First class narrator!"

    The hobbit really speaks for itself, this telling was made all the more special thanks to the magical sound of Rob Inglis. If only he was chosen for the dragonlance series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sturla
    25/04/15
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    "A great tale, well performed."

    Love the story.
    Great narration.

    It's a cozy tale, perfect for a rainy day in the autumn. Written for children, but I still enjoy it as an adult.

    A shame Audible split it in two parts, but it is still worth every dime/credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • marianne
    09/03/15
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    "Rob Inglis' voice a perfect fit"

    Dragons, dwarves and kings, and also Hobbits are all very well played by Rob Inglis in this version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • no
    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

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