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The complete unabridged audiobook of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit.
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of 13 dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon....
The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the 20th century.
©1937 The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust (P)1991 HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd
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By Stephen on 03-05-09

Enchanting children's tale, beautifully read

Superb! One of the classic children's fantasy tales, set in a rich and enchanting world of dwarves, goblins, wizards, elves, and dragons, along with the most unlikely of heroes, Bilbo Baggins the hobbit.

The recording is beautifully done. Rob Inglis's voice is pleasant and relaxed, and he reads at a leisurely and comfortable pace. The character voices are generally appropriate and varied, although some of the dwarves were not what I expected. Most surprising of all, Inglis actually SINGS the songs, giving an extra touch of character and authenticity.

A word of caution: While the story is set in the same world as the Lord of the Rings and relates events a generation earlier, this is not merely a prequel in the same style. This is a fun children's tale, written for a younger readership.

To be read before you have lost your childlikeness, and reread many times to keep regaining it.

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By Anonymous User on 11-17-12

One relative short book, in 3 separate purchases?

What disappointed you about The Hobbit, Part 1?

This was a bummer to me. Next time I will search for de 1 purchase book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hobbit, Part 1?

That It ends in de middle of the story. This book is expensive!

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

I like them all.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book is lovely and I like it a lot. I just feel trickt. It is not that there was no way of knowing. It says part 1 after all. Next time I will pay more attention.

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By Stuart on 06-12-11

Loved it!!!

Ok fistly I'd like to say that the book is really enjoyable and the narrator is very good and I even enjoyed the singing parts. But I have to say that it is a cheek of audible to split this book into two seperate purchases as has been done with the lord of the rings. The physical books are not split as neither should these. It is a poor attempt at getting more money out of their customers. I have has the lord of the rings on my wish list for a long time but am annoyed I have to use two of my credits for one book!!! Audible sort it out!

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By barry on 04-14-13

The Hobbit parts 1 & 2

Although the books were good,I think that the presentation of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings(all parts), could easily have been done in one part instead of two,(which everybody knows is a money making ploy.)By this I I mean that each book could have been in one part per book..Although this is the grievance I wished to make ,I think that all the books are BRILLIANT.

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By Anonymous User on 07-28-17

great old classic

kids loved it. it was great for driving. kept everyone quiet and listening. 1 2 3 4

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By Hayley on 06-10-17

Fantastic Narrator

Fantastic Narrator, which makes all the difference! good story and quite similar to the movie.

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