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This brand-new unabridged audio book 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, 1951, 1966, 1978, 1995 The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust (P)2020 HarperCollins

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Best performance by Andy Serkis!!! ❤❤❤

I have the old audiobook read by Rob Inglis, and he is good. But this new version is read by Andy Serkis, and it is a wonderful performance of the story! Much better than a mere reading of the book! WOW!!!

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Fabulous Listen!

Entertaining from start to finish! Andy Serkis is outstanding, in a class all his own. Under the spell of his narration, “The Hobbit” comes alive in ways I could not have imagined. Magnificent performance!

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Andy Serkis. Brings this book to life

This book was so utterly captivating. For one, the narration from Andy Serkis exceeded my expectations. Gollum was so fun to listen to. I’m a huge fan of Tolkien and if you aren’t already, I highly recommend you become one.

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Timeless classic revisited

Andy Serkis, with his many impeccable voicing talents, perfectly takes on the roles of every unforgettable character to make a thoroughly enjoyable experience reading this timeless classic. It's a perfect delivery for a perfect story, full of adventure, mischief and excitement. A must read! Or hear!

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Phenomenal Performance and Tale

What is there to say? There is a reason that the Hobbit and the tales of Middle Earth have lingered as long as they have. To hear it brought to life by one of those who brought such a memorable character to screen? I was riveted the whole way through, and disappointed when it ended, as I wished to hear more.

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Best audio version ever

The reader, Andy Serkis, is downright the best I have ever heard. His rendition brings this marvelous tale to life.

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  • Sam
  • 2020-10-01

Written just to be read by Andy Serkis

Not only is the writing of Tolkien absolutely incredible and suited for children and adults alike, the narration of this book was even more incredible! Andy Serkis was made to narrate this book, and the book made for him to narrate. It was the perfect speed, tone, and the way he amazingly does all of the voices (not just Gollum) was perfect. Cannot recommend this enough.

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  • Barbara
  • 2020-09-22

Andy Serkis Was Sheer Perfection

I want to thank Andy Serkis for his magnificent performance of The Hobbit. I was transported to Middle Earth and lived each adventure through his narration. Mr. Serkis has such an outstanding range of voices that you knew each character at once. His interpretation of Gandalf, Thorin, Balin, Dwalin and the others gave the book a richness I didn't feel before. And of course, we can't forget his perfect performance of Gollum. I will be listening to this again and again.

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  • Aleja Allen
  • 2020-09-23

MORE PLEASE

I don’t even need to finish this to give it 5 stars. Andy Serkis is AMAZING, but that wasn’t ever really in question. What I love is that he really acts out the actions. Like he put his heart into—which, again, isn’t surprising. We need the whole trilogy from him. Not that I don’t love the originals, but this is just wonderful. I loved loved loved it.

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  • Ren
  • 2020-09-22

A masterpiece

This is best audiobook performance I have ever heard. I missed half of the live quarantine performance by Serkis and was delighted when I heard that it would be released on audible. There is nothing I would change about the reading. Heads up to those who seek a bedtime read, go with the older narration. Serkis narration is so lively and vivid that it can jolt you awake. You’d be a fool not to get this rendition, y’all.

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  • Delta 0094
  • 2020-09-23

The Eldar would be Proud

I pre-ordered this for LITERALLY one chapter: Riddles In The Dark. I am HAPPILY listening to the entire story. I don't know what I expected, but it was NOT this. This is infinitely better than I could have ever hoped. It's near perfect. I absolutely love it, and I'm only to chapter six...

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  • Brad
  • 2020-09-21

The superior recording

I’m not going to bother reviewing the book itself as it’s the same fantastic book it’s always been. But I will praise the narration by Andy Serkis. It is superior to the original narration by Rob Inglis in every way, and I sincerely hope that the powers that be have Mr. Serkis record The Lord of the Rings trilogy next. PLEASE.

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  • Whinston
  • 2020-09-21

More Andy Serkis!

One of my favorite books of all time! and this is by far the best narrator! I really hope to see the whole series read by Andy Serkis.

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  • Theresa J Boehmer
  • 2020-09-24

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The only thing that could have made this better would be if it was completely read in Gollum's voice

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  • Steve K
  • 2020-09-21

Marvelous Narration with Strong Film Connections

If you enjoy the Peter Jackson films or Tolkien in general, you'll love this narration. Andy Serkis's acting talent is on full display as he transports listeners to Middle Earth. The song melodies sound much like their film versions, and character voices are rich and varied, with accents and tones that convey not just Andy's own iconic Gollum, but also Richard Armitage's Thorin and Ken Stott's Balin, for instance. This version is vastly superior to Rob Inglis's in every way and has become the definitive Hobbit audiobook in my mind. Bring on LOTR, Andy!

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  • anthony l capelli
  • 2020-09-23

Masterful Performance

Serkis’s performance is absolutely phenomenal. This version of The Hobbit is also very clear and clean versus the older audiobook recordings. These books are due for a much needed update and Serkis delivered handsomely. Please please please please do LoTR!!!!

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  • Isabelle
  • 2020-09-22

A fantastic reading.

I haven’t finished this audiobook yet but I can tell you that Andy Serkis drops you directly into Middle Earth in the first chapter. He is extremely dedicated and talented, I could only wish for him to do the Lord of The Rings trilogy next. Thank you to Andy Serkis and Audible for this fantastic reading.

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