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The Hobbit

Written by: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Andy Serkis
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
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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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  • Brad
  • 2020-09-21

The superior version

I’m not going to review the book, as the book is as fantastic as always. The narration, however, is amazing, and far superior to the Rob Inglis version from years ago. I honestly hope the powers that be decide to have Mr. Serkis narrate the Lord of the Rings next. PLEASE.

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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, Thorn, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Katie
  • 2020-09-28

Best part of 2020

I have listened to the Hobbit and LOTR narrated by Rob Inglis annually for the past 10ish years. They’re obviously favorites. But this version is excellent. I think I might even prefer it.

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  • Pixie
  • 2020-09-28

Andy Serkis is the best narrator ever!!

I love The Hobbit and all of J.R.R. Tolkien's works. and I adore Andy Serkis. He becomes the characters he narrates especially Gollum! His voice commands your attention and keeps you riveted and wanting more. ❤❤❤ I really hope he does The Lord of The Rings!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-09-28

Andy Serkis is stellar.

Andy Serkis’s narration is incredible in every manner. It’s clear he loves this book and he pours all his skills into this performance.