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
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
"The Hobbit" is one of the treasures of English fiction: a rattling tale told by Tolkein with wit and unique imagination.Given the status of this book and the spectacular attention given to the sequels, it is all the more surprising that this audioadaptation is so lacklustre and pedestrian. The narrator lacks any true range in his animation of the characters; relying on degrees of pomposity alone to voice Gandalf, Thorin and the dwarves. This is in stark contrast to the vivacious, varied and comedic audio interpretations that we have grown accustomed to with modern classics (e.g. Stephen Fry's sparkling rendition of the Harry Potter series). In my view, the poverty of this production of the Hobbit is a greater crime than the insouciance of making us pay double for the book by splitting it unneccessarily into two parts. Audible should be careful not to repeat either of these transgressions in future.
I enjoy Sci-fi, fantasy and History books.
I picked this book up to remind myself how it all went before the films. I was reminded of one thing - Tolkien should have got someone else to write up his ideas.
The world is lovely and deep. The characters thought out and 'real'. The concepts at the time were new and fascinating.
However, the pace is terrible. The descriptions over the top to the point of boredom. The supporting cast feel two dimensional and the wording is archaic at best, and a load of old waffle for most of it.
The narrator does his best to bring this to life, but unfortunately it still feels 'stale'.
Worth reading (listening to) to immerse yourself into the mythos, but be prepared to swim through treacle.
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!
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?
Rob Inglis brings The Hobbit alive with his numerous character voices. This audiobook and The Hobbit part 1 are my favorites, so much so I intend to purchase the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy - also read by Rob Inglis I believe.
J R R Tolkein's books are amazing, definitely worth a read/listen!
I really love this telling of the book, the narration is fabulous and I could listen to Rob Inglis for hours. However I was annoyed that it's split into two books, it could quite easily have been one. Blatant money making in my opinion. Also it has INCREDIBLY annoying music at the end, which drowns out the last few minutes of the story and quite frankly ruined it for me.
This book is very entertaining and I could not stop until I had read the whole book. I loved the mix of characters and the plot of the book. You can listen to the book whilst basking in the sun in the park or whilst taking a walk. Absolutely beautiful.
I enjoyed this classic tale but found the long songs a bit tedious. I also found it disappointing that the story had been seperated into two seperate audiobooks so the listener must buy both parts to listen to the whole story. In a nutshell the story is great but maybe go for a different version.
A wonderful Tolkien masterpiece that will have you falling in love with Bilbo Baggins a hobbit from small beginnings and will take you on an stunning but lighthearted journey through Middle Earth. Immersed by beautiful descriptions The Hobbit will have you gripped from start to finish
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Superb Narration, and Musical Performance"
The narration went beyond the simple reading. There was musical interpretation of each song, and each character had a unique voice. Gollum's voice was a little dificult to understand. But I wish This narratoe would red all y favorite books.
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