|Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a peaceful sort who lives in a cozy hole in the Shire, a place where adventures are uncommon - and rather unwanted. So when the wizard Gandalf whisks him away on a treasure-hunting expedition with a troop of rowdy dwarves, he's not entirely thrilled. Encountering ruthless trolls, beastly orcs, gigantic spiders, and hungry wolves, Bilbo discovers within himself astonishing strength and courage. And at the ultimate confrontation with the fearsome dragon Smaug, the hobbit will brave the dangers of the dark and dragon fire alone and unaided.|
|Author||J. R. R. Tolkien|
|Series||The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Ser.|
|Publisher||Recorded Books, LLC|
|Number of Volumes||10 vols.|
|Group||Young Adult Audience|
|Narrated by||Rob Inglis|
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of customers recommend this product
Tolkien is by far and away probebly my most favorite of authors for his works of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I bought this as I have 5 sons, who for the most part are to young to read a book such as this one yet. They listened to a CD each night before going to sleep and woke up filled with memories to tell me and anticipation for the next CD. They loved the way that Rob Inglis read, and It took me a while to convince one of my sons that the Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf from the movie did not read thier parts in it. They liked it so well that they convinced me to buy The Lord of the Rings audiobook as well.
While having read The Hobbit too many times to number, I was wanting an audio tape of the book to acquaint our grandson with the book and, by doing so, get him to read the book. Unfortunately, this item is a radio production of the book recorded by the BBC, hence, not a true rendering of the book, but a rewriting of The Hobbit for a dramatic performance. It also uses British actors, not a bad thing, but not being completely familiar with the various British accents, our grandson (and myself) found it unintelligible and it was only because I had read the book that I could comprehend any of it at all.
I cannot recommend this audio cassette, though I'm sure it is very good in England.
This is an unabridged reading of the Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is very well done, the actor does an exceptional job with voices, setting the mood etc. Very additive to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it to all Tolkien fans.
The only drawback I've found is the author's singing - in places in the text where a song's lyrics are given. It's somewhat tuneless and doesn't really add to the feeling of the work. It is probably not the actors fault, but an attempt by the producers to avoid sounding like previous recordings/movies etc.
Definitely recommended and easy to listen to. As addictive as reading the book.
having read voraciously for 6 decades, I came to the fantasy genre rather late...The Hobbitt was my first experience with reading pure fantasy [I don't count Judy Garland going Over the Rainbow...didn't read it]. having now read fantasy for many years, I'm very grateful to JRR Tolkien, and to my sister who gave me the book. I hate to think of the authors I'd have missed...Barbara Hambly, GRR Martin, Lois Bujold, Terry Pratchett, Guy Kay, CJ Cherryh...some wonderful laughs, some tears, some moments of pure joy, and some of the very best stories I have ever read. Bilbo and Frodo helped me teach my first grandson to read before he was old enough to start school.
my first love was the mystery/suspense novel, but Dorothy Sayers and Rex Stout and John D MacDonald have slid off the sandbar. I'm not far behind them and my eyesight is failing fast, so I'm building my library of 'talking books'. because of audio cassettes and CDs I can look forward to visiting vicariously with old friends for as long as I can continue to comprehend. I may even meet some new ones!
If you have never read Tolkien's "The Hobbit", now is the time. It is the wonderful start to The Lord of The Rings and is a must to get you going with this magical trip through Middle Earth.