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The Hobbit

Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Andy Serkis
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This brand-new unabridged audiobook of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved The Hobbit will be coming to listeners everywhere this September, read by the BAFTA award-winning actor, director and author Andy Serkis. 

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 a 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 influential books of the 20th century.

©1937 J. R. R. Tolkien (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the critics say

"The Hobbit belongs to a very small class of books which have nothing in common save that each admits us to a world of its own. Its place is with Alice and The Wind in the Willows." (Times Literary Supplement)

"One of the best loved characters in English fiction...a marvellous fantasy adventure." (Daily Mail)

"Finely written saga of dwarves and elves, fearsome goblins and trolls...an exciting epic of travel, magical adventure, working up to a devastating climax." (The Observer)

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Magical

By far my favourite narration of any work of Tolkien. We all know the story of the Hobbit and in 2020 the book can indeed feel old-timey and dusty as you read it... however, Serkis not only brings a modern flavour, but takes it far beyond. What a fantastic reading from the 2nd director of the movies himself, the acting is sublime and his voices bring the old words to life in a way that Tolkien himself would be proud of. Serkis knows this book intimately, and you can tell from his reading, the flustered nature of Bilbo is a high point, his iconic voice of golum feels like coming home and his identifiable dwaves are all wonderful. The only thing I could hope– no, pray for, is a possibility of Serkis visiting the Lord of the Rings. fantastic. don't miss this audiobook.

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Justice for a classic

Andy Serkis does the most amazing job bringing The Hobbit to life. I have already purchased LOTR audiobooks from audible however if Andy Serkis were to narrate those books as well, I would be first in line to purchase them again and listen to them in his narration. Absolutely perfectly done.

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  • Brage
  • 2020-09-07

I want Serkis to record Lord Of The Rings also

This recording of the hobbit is league’s ahead of any other recordings of the Hobbit or lord of the rings. I would by the lord of the rings read by Andy Serkis eaven if I had to pay for each individual part of the six parts the books are divided into.

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  • Ilse Åsbakk
  • 2020-09-17

A match made in heaven

The Hobbit has always been a beloved story to me, but now it has gained a whole new dimension; a completely new way of experiencing it, as we get this narration that we've all been waiting for without even knowing it. Andy Serkis brings a whole cast of distinct voices to this audiobook, and the pacing and drama of the storytelling is impeccable. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who loves fantasy, the world of LotR, or fairytales in general. I hope with all my heart that we will soon get a new version of the Lord of the Rings, too - narrated by Andy Serkis. That would make this experience complete.

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  • 2020-09-15

OMG best narration ever!

I know the story inside out. I know how it should sound. this is it.