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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)

What listeners say about The Hobbit

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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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  • TKP
  • 2020-10-14

Wow.

Absolutely an amazing reading. Truly a magnificent performance all around by the incredible Andy Serkis.

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Andy Serkis makes an old favourite come alive

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for this story. From Bag End to The Lonely Mountain and back again, Andy Serkis does a fantastic job bringing the page to life. Obviously, his voice work is phenomenal, but his narration is just as wonderful.
If you love the story, don’t skip on this version.

And if Andy ever finds himself getting bored, I wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do with The Lord of the Rings...

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Excellent narration!

Excellent narration by Andy Serkis! I loved his range of voices! I loved this book!

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Amazing book and immaculate narration

Andy Serkis couldn’t have narrated this story better. Hats off to him. This is an amazing novel. Love it.

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Wonderful to listen to

The narrator makes this beloved take come to life as of it is playing out in my office. I wish Me. Serkis had also given his time and immense talent to read The Lord of the Rings.

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Absolutely Amazing

This reading by THE Andy Serkis was incredible. His control over his voice and ability to create different voices for every single character was wonderful. He perfectly captured the wonder of The Hobbit and helped bring you into every scene. His voice fit the role of narrator perfectly and I only hope he narrates more of Tolkien’s work in the future.

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I highly recommend this audio book!

The narration by Andy Serkis is thoroughly entertaining, and most enjoyable! My grandson and I couldn’t stop listening!

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Wonderful Voice Acting

Loved Smeegle's voice, made my skin tingle from how good it was. A very engaging and interesting story and performance 👏👏👏

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  • LE7
  • 2020-09-15

OMG best narration ever!

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

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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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  • Nerine Dorman
  • 2020-11-18

Serkis does Tolkien's legacy justice

My first encounter with JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit came when I was around six years old, and my mum picked up a paperback copy from which she read parts of to me. I do admit I was probably a little too young to appreciate this, back then, but I did go on to reading the book on my own when I was about 11 or 12. Which is also when I plunged headlong into The Lord of the Rings and knew from that moment that I wanted to be a fantasy writer.

I'm always somewhat baffled when people complain that The Hobbit is boring, but hey, there's no accounting for people's taste. But what I will say to those of you who didn't quite gel with the reading, do give the audiobook narrated by Andy Serkis a try. It's my firm belief that some fiction only truly comes alive as the spoken word, and in this case, The Hobbit is a prime example.
Tolkien is a master of the third person omniscient, so often interrupts the main flow to give a little of his own opinion – and sometimes the references to things from his own time, like football, can be a bit jarring. This is especially the case considering that the conventions of present day fiction favour a limited first- or third-person point of view. So I'm guessing the 'narrator voice' of the author might be off-putting to some readers (though I do believe that they don't quite know how to articulate this, judging by the reviews out there – worth a laugh and an eye-roll if you're trawling to see the one-star reviews for The Hobbit.)

But Andy Serkis as a narrator of this book surpasses himself. His minute details in characterisation, for everyone from Bilbo and Gandalf, to Smaug, and of course the Gollum we all know and love, are an absolute delight. This is the unabridged version of the book, so we're looking at plus minus 10 hours of entertainment, and I'm beginning to wonder if Peter Jackson shouldn't have just stuck to the plot instead of his mangling of the film adaption of the book. Because yes, there is enough content for three movies here, if you look hard enough.

This is most certainly one of my audiobook highlights of the year, and I cannot recommend it enough. Serkis is an absolute treasure and he has without a doubt done justice to JRR Tolkien's legacy with his reading.

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  • Håkon Seljåsen
  • 2020-10-20

More of this!

Please make Andy Serkis natrate LOTR and the Silmarillion as well! He is brilliant! Pleeease!!!!

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  • Antonio
  • 2021-02-12

My God, the performance.

I too, like many other reviewers, know this text intimately. And what a pleasure it was to experience it in this form with the expert performance of Andy Serkis. All the dialogue and songs, not no mention his cadence of speech and elocution are simply perfect. Christopher Lee was amazing in Children of Hurin but this one, I have to say, is on another level. I am in awe. A beautiful gift to all the fans. Rejoice.

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  • David
  • 2021-02-10

Perfect performance

I wish I had the energy to back to all my previous book review and downgrade all the five stars for performance. This is a five star performance. A perfect performance.

The book, of course, is great. The most childish of Tolkien's books, but still a great read/listen for an adult.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-01-13

Fantastic!

Amazing performance by Andy Serkis. Unbelievable range of sounds and accents threaded together by a surprisingly deep and charming main voice

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-12-18

Superb!

The Hobbit is a wonderful book and to listen to it being read by Mr. Serkis is absolutely wonderful. The narrator has an unbelievable talent for voices and brought the book to life.

I agree that the narrator should also do LOTR - I would buy it immediately.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-16

Best narrator ever!

Absolutely enjoyable!
Loved it, brought new energy to the well-known story. Warmly recommended! Listen & enjoy

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-05

More more!!

Andy makes this the best audiobook ive heard. Give me Lord of the rings next please.