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Best Hobbit Audiobook

How old do you think a person should stop reading/listening to children’s literature? The answer for those who have read Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” will undoubtedly be “Never”. Originally, Tolkien told his children this story as a fairy tale. Despite this, the exciting adventures, vivid images, and magical poetry of “The Hobbit” make it appealing to anyone regardless of age.

The character Bilbo Baggins has many traits in common with modern adults. Among his greatest priorities in life are comfort and a good reputation. Perhaps following Bilbo’s example will equip you with the courage to leave your cozy comfort zone and embark on a life-altering adventure? However, “The Hobbit” is still an excellent book for a family read-aloud.

While listening to the audiobook, “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again”, you will be amazed at how brave the dwarves are, how cunning the hobbits are, and how wise the wizards are on their way to the treasure on Lonely Mountain. Here is a list of classic audiobook editions that I recommend not only for children and teens but also for whole families. You can learn more about The Hobbit’s story by reading this critique of the plot and themes.

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1. The Hobbit (Dramatised) By Paul Daneman, Anthony Jackson, Heron Carvin, J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (Dramatised)

In 1968, BBC Radio 4 broadcast the first radio dramatization of The Hobbit, which is still a classic today.

A tale of fantasy and adventure, the prelude to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, contains a fearsome dragon, a great wizard, a perilous quest, and an incredible climax. The action revolves around the unassuming Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, an unambitious homebody who is suddenly thrust into the biggest, indeed the only adventure of his life.

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2. The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition By J.R.R. Tolkien, Jemima Catlin

The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition

Featuring Jemima Catlin’s vivid illustrations, this is one of the finest gift editions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s enthralling tales.

A comfortable hobbit, Bilbo Baggins rarely ventures far from his hobbit-hole in Bag End, and leads an unambitious life. A group of thirteen dwarves and the wizard Gandalf arrive on his doorstep and whisk him away on a treasure hunt to steal from Smaug the Magnificent, a large, dangerous dragon.

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3. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Gift Set By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Middle-Earth Treasury: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

This boxed set includes some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s most famous works. Bilbo Baggins’s story is told in these books along with that of Frodo Baggins’s War of the Ring.

In the days following their publication, these books became instant classics. Over 150 million copies of their fantasy works have been sold worldwide because of their magic and otherworldliness.

It’s the perfect gift for those celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Hobbit, as it brings together all five novels about the adventures of Bilbo, Sam, Frodo, Gollum, and Bilbo Baggins as they search for the One Ring.

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4. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Boxed Set: Illustrated edition

Alan Lee, Conceptual Designer on Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT films, illustrates Tolkien’s classic masterpieces in watercolor throughout this boxed gift set featuring Tolkien’s classic masterpieces.

A number of people have cherished The Hobbit and  Lord of the Rings ever since they were published. Children and adults alike have been entertained by stories filled with magic and otherworldliness about these fantasy characters. The books together have sold nearly 150 million copies worldwide. No editions have proven more popular than those illustrated by Alan Lee – the 60th Anniversary edition of The Hobbit and the Centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings.

These beautifully illustrated new hardback editions have been collected into a four-book boxed set. A colorful collection of full-page color illustrations accompanies this epic tale and readers can follow Bilbo’s part in the quest for the Ring, beginning with his fateful encounter with Gandalf and culminating.

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5. The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) with a subtitle By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (Graphic Novel): An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic

In the course of reclaiming the gold stolen from Thorin Oakenshield by the evil dragon Smaug, Gandalf suggests an unlikely accomplice: Bilbo Baggins, the unassuming Hobbit who lives in Hobbiton.

A variety of challenges await the company along the way, including dealing with trolls, goblins, giant spiders, and worse. Bilbo, though, will find that there is more to him than anyone ever imagined, including himself as they journey from the marvels of Rivendell to the terrors of Mirkwood.

Having qualities of both courage and cunning, and a love of adventure propel Bilbo along the path to his great mission. A twisted creature called Gollum jealously guards a magical ring in the depths of the Misty Mountains.

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6. The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Presented in this edition is all of J.R.R. Tolkien’s artwork for The Hobbit.

Upon finishing The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien drew illustrations for it while it was still a manuscript, proving that he was an accomplished amateur artist. As originally printed, The Hobbit included ten black-and-white pictures, two maps, and the dust jacket and binding were designed by the author. Among Tolkien’s best paintings are five color plates that he painted later. Bilbo Baggins and his world were shaped by his illustrations for The Hobbit, which added a whole new level to the book.

It features more than one hundred sketches, drawings, paintings, maps, and plans by the author, along with texts written by Tolkien experts Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull. There are some of these images that have never been published before, while others are published in color for the first time, so Tolkien’s Hobbit pictures can be enjoyed to the fullest and in greater detail.

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7. The Hobbit Sketchbook By Alan Lee

The Hobbit Sketchbook

Generations of readers have fallen in love with The Hobbit since its publication in 1937. As Alan Lee began illustrating a special edition sixty years later, his delicate pencil drawings and beautiful watercolors have become the definitive imagery of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Alan Lee reveals in this large-format hardcover how he created these images, and in doing so illustrates how they would ultimately define the look of Peter Jackson’s film adaptations and earn Alan an Academy Award.

Lee’s Hobbit Sketchbook is filled with more than 100 sketches, conceptual work, and early drafts, offering insight into how the story came to be. Additionally, the book contains beautiful new paintings and sketches created especially for the book that provides a fascinating insight into Alan’s imagination and how he reimagined Tolkien’s works.

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8. The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings 4 Books Boxed Set By J. R. R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King)

A hobbit, Bilbo Baggins lives a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling further than Bag End, where he lives in his hobbit-hole. But on an adventure, he finds himself saying and doing things altogether unexpected… Gandalf and his companions, the thirteen dwarves, arrive at his door one day, knocking at his doorstep, and enticing him to travel to the west and back.

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In some ways, ‘The Hobbit’ is just a delightful adventure tale, perhaps the most charming and adventurous tale ever told. You should listen to it if you haven’t already, since it is quite enjoyable. Hope you like it.

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