Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Audience: All Ages
Narrator: Rob Inglis
Length: 11 hours
Publisher: Recorded Books
Release Date: September 21, 1937
Recommended for fans of: Lord of the Rings
Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all-a treasure-troving dragon named Smaug. In his fantasy classic, master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkein creates a bewitching world filled with delightful creatures and thrilling dangers.
I enjoyed this. I found it very entertaining and clever. I’ve heard some say that LotR is vastly different from The Hobbit, but they were clearly written by the same person, even if the adventure was on a different scale. I liked Bilbo and Gandalf and their interactions, but there were too many characters for me to keep straight with such a large party of dwarves! And like in The Return of the King, The Hobbit has a very long and drawn out ending after the climax that makes Tolkien’s books feel never ending. I think I would have really liked this if I had read it when I was younger, but on the other hand I couldn’t get through the LotR series when I was a teen.