I think I would have loved to read out loud a tale like this to children, but for myself, I wasn't excited or interested in the story at all.
The definitive edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's most beloved book, sporting a facsimile of his original cover design and complete with colour plates of his own paintings, brand new reproductions of all his drawings, and colour versions of both maps.
Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo's life is never to be the same again.
Seldom has any book been so widely read and loved as JRR Tolkien's classic tale, The Hobbit. Since its first publication in 1937 it has remained in print to delight each new generation of readers all over the world, and its hero, Bilbo Baggins, has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals: Alice, Pooh, Toad...
- ISBN13 9780261103283
- Publish Date 9 April 1995 (first published 1 January 1938)
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country GB
- Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
- Imprint HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
- Format Hardcover
- Pages 320
- Language English
- URL http://harpercollins.co.uk
The Hobbit was a very interesting story, and well written. Some parts were a little hard to read through (because I prefer reading dialogue rather than detailed descriptions), but other scenes were quite intriguing, and others rather comical.
Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit, a short creature with hairy feet. While not one for adventure, he embarks on a journey for gold after some interesting visitors arrive at his hobbit-hole.
Bilbo goes through some impressive character growth throughout the novel, learning to stand on his own two hairy feet and fend for himself, plus be there when his companions need him most. Personally, I enjoyed seeing him blossem into a better version of himself.
The ending of the book was touching in more ways then one, and makes you feel in a sense, as if you've ended the journey too. For fans of fantasy, you just may love this one!
TITLE: The Hobbit
AUTHOR: J.R.R. Tolkien
EDITION: 2020 HarperCollins Audiobook
NARRATOR: Andy Serkis
The new audiobook of The Hobbit as read by Andy Serkis (the guy who did Gollum) is absolutely brilliant. There is nothing else to say, but to go out and listen to a copy.
I have now finished my physical reread and... It's still only two stars. I neither liked it or disliked it, it was just an okay reading experience. I can appreciate the fun and adventurous side of the story. But I think it's the writing style that killed it a bit for me. In some parts it was quite humorous, but mostly I felt the writing was slow and the chapters were dragged out.
I am still going to continue my J. R. R. Tolkien experience by reading the first of the Lord of the Ring books soon (hopefully)
Still enjoyed and would read again.