narrated by Rob Inglis
first published 1937
11 hours, 8 minutes
At the risk of getting strung up by my thumbs, I am going to describe this in one word:
That’s right, I called this fantasy classic/epic adventure tale boring. I lost count of the number of times I zoned out (more times than there were dwarfs in the story, I can tell you that).
Maybe that’s because I listened to it. But I also tried to read it when I was a kid (a kid who loved fantasy stories!), and I got nowhere.
All I know is that there were dwarfs (lots!) and trolls and elves and hobbits (of course) and spiders and a most unprecious Gollum and a burping dragon (evidently ponies make dragons burp…or at least pony-eating dragons made the narrator burp) that was finally vanquished so that Bilbo could return home to his regularly scheduled meals.
My advice: don’t listen to this one!