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The Hobbit

Narrated by: Andy Serkis
Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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A masterpiece!

A brilliant narration of this well-loved tale by Andy Serkis. Definitely worth listening to multiple times. The best chapter, of course, is Riddles in the Dark. Gollum narrated by Mr Serkis is the only version I will ever love.

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Excellent performance of a wonderful story

If you have not yet read The Hobbit, then you cannot go wrong with this version. Truly a memorable story whether it's the first time you're listening, or the tenth.

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Incredible performance

Probably the best performance I’ve ever listened to on Audible. Andy Serkis brings new charisma to familiar characters, with hints borrowed from the beloved Peter Jackson films. I’m so glad that one of my favourite books of all time has received such treatment. Highly, highly recommend.

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  • Brage
  • 07-09-2020

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
  • 17-09-2020

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-09-2020

OMG best narration ever!

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

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  • Nidge
  • 03-09-2020

Baggins of fun

This is without a shadow of a doubt the best reading of the unabridged Audiobook of The Hobbit, Andy Serkis does an excellent job bringing this book to life. The Riddles In The Dark is specially well done, as you would expect from Andy, the subtle weaving from Smeagol to Gollum is brilliant. I will always have a soft spot for the Rob Inglis reading of both The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings because it was his recordings that first brought me to Miidle Earth many years ago but am aware that it needed freshening up and I'm glad that they have done this justice. Well done to all involed........now..........The Lord Of The Rings please Andy, you've got to carry on now :)

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  • chris reeves
  • 04-09-2020

Very good

Andy Serkis was great. Hope we get the lord of the rings from him too

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  • Hayley
  • 04-09-2020

A favourite, given a new lease of life by a master

I have always loved the hobbit. It captured me as a child and that captivation with Tolkien’s world has followed me into adulthood. I loved Andy Serkis as Gollum in the films (and everything else I have ever seen him in) and when he did the Hobbitathon for charity I was over the moon and spent the whole day watching him give his rendition. It was magic. The clamour for him to do an official audiobook reading that could be purchased was massive and I was among the many people interested in such an audiobook. When I found out that it was actually going to be released, excited is not the word. I was over the moon. Serkis has not disappointed. He is an engaging orator and consistent in his character voices. He is not attempting to mimic others who have played the parts, he is making them his own (with the obvious exception of Sméagol/Gollum who is already his own and much beloved rendition so familiar from the movies). His pace matches the section of the book he is in and what is happening in the story. Having heard the Rob Inglis version of this (I have the hobbit and the lord of the rings by him) I know which I prefer. Inglis is fine, there are not many things about his reading style to get on the nerves (though his singing of the songs is sometimes a little unclear and irksome) but I definitely prefer Serkis’ rendition. He has brought a freshness to this old favourite story that makes it more vibrant in the mind. I would be overjoyed if Serkis would do the Lord of the Rings too. I had high hopes for this audiobook and Serkis has not disappointed. His rendition of Riddles in the Dark had my face splitting into a wide grin all the way through, and all my favourite points have been all I could hope them to be.

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  • Mr. J. Derrick
  • 04-09-2020

AMAZING!

Andy Serkis is simply incredible. Brings the story upto date and inline with the modern era and the films. Rob Inglis’ readings are good but not as captivating as Serkis’. Please please please RE DO LORD OF THE RINGS!

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  • Juliet G
  • 16-09-2020

brilliant reading. please do LOTR!

I truly hope Andy Serkis narrates the lord of the rings trilogy after this because I absolutely adored his reading. just fab and way way better than any of the other narrators I've heard doing the Hobbit. great story and brilliantly put together

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  • Apocolex 93
  • 04-09-2020

Transported me there and back again in a new way

Having read this book and heard many different versions of it this hands down is the best version I have ever heard. Andy Serkis uses his acting skills his knowledge of the story and characters to deliver an authentic heartfelt brilliant reading I absolutely loved it and will listen to it again. thank you so much!

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  • T. Barrett
  • 04-09-2020

Wonderful

I initially debated between this version and the Rob Inglis one, however the lure of Andy Serkis' performing Riddles in the Dark made me choose this one. Initially I was concerned about the pace and intonation of some of the reading, however this soon subsided. Most of the character voices were superb and well differentiated (albeit Beorn sounds a touch drunk) and I was so engrossed, I found myself completing it on day of purchase. One of my favourite books, very well brought to life and it won't be long before I listen again.

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  • Paul
  • 22-09-2020

Amazing!! Well done Andy Serkis!

I have downloaded many audiobooks in my time and this is my first review. The reason? As this is a brillaint telling of the Hobbit by Andy Serkis and that I just had to write a review! I was truely surprised by this. Andy really immersed himself into the characters and his enthusiasm rubs off onto the listener. Well done all round! highly recommend. I am hooked! I hope Andy narrates some of Tolkien's other work.

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  • SpoilThatSong
  • 22-09-2020

Charming Classic

This is a wonderful tale beautifully read by Andy Serkis. You likely know him as the voice of Gollum, which he performs delightfully in the riddle scene, but he masterfully voices each or the other characters as well. You can tell he put all his energy into captivating the listener during the most important scenes, with a hushed or growling slow voice where most effective. His voice did seem very low and gravelly at first, but by the end of the first 10 minutes I was won over. The story is a real adventure, and it is a delight going on this journey from Hobbiton to the Misty Mountain. I won't spoil anything, but a lot of is iconic and will stick in your mind. The only thing I wasn't too much of a fan of was all the songs that pop up. I love the dwarves Misty Mountain song, since it really conjures up the adventure's importamce to the dwarves, but other songs feel like they halt the story. This is a personal preference since I know it's world building and conveying the power of folk songs and music in the world. I just would have preferred a few less verses in some of them I suppose. Still though, Andy Serkis did a good job singing them with a good melody. Now stop wasting time reading this and instead listen to this audiobook!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-2020

loved it

loved it, Andy Serkis is brilliant with voices etc. Not a book I'd read myself so it was a fantastic listen, thank you