Between writing my 50+ fiction love stories in rotation, tending to my own love story in rotation (Ha!), blogging here, “adminning” an RA Fan discussion site in Facebook, working, volunteering, returning to my doctoral studies to work on my dissertation research project, and with only my hubby’s crumbling paperback copy of “The Hobbit” in my possession, what’s a busy gal like me with no “free” time to do? Look for abridged versions of “The Hobbit”, of course.
So today, I offer two abridged “The Hobbit” options in that regard–neither of which have I read or listened to fully yet, as pertains to the suitability of their content–with a disclaimer that I promise to read the full version of “The Hobbit” book before the movie premiere, 11 months from now. Ha! Enjoy!
- I have a 218 page electronic pdf of “The Hobbit” that I can read, but scrolling down a computer screen just doesn’t do it for me. I like to feel the pages between my fingers–the tactile nature of reading a book in one’s hands is part of the experience for me–I’m a flipper and fanner. However, this little gem of a web site – OnRead.com – has what is no doubt an abridged version of “The Hobbit” book (at 173 pages in a large font size) for reading. And, the screen looks like the pages of a book that you flip–way cool! I know that you Kindle type folks out there are going, “I’ve been flipping for years”. To that I say, you better rephrase that. Ha! So, here is that link to OnRead.com for “The Hobbit” book (abridged) online [(2) graphic right and reading below].
“The Hobbit” by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Free Download
http://www.onread.com/book/The-Hobbit-191038/ (the main book description page)
http://www.onread.com/fbreader/191038 (the first page of “The Hobbit”)
- Admittedly, even the above abridged “The Hobbit” read will take you a while. So, do you have 3 hrs and 40 minutes to spare on a weekend? Then the following three part abridged reading of “The Hobbit” by Nicol Williamson is just right for you–or at least this version will tide us over until Richard Armitage who portrays the fierce Thorin Oakenshield [(3) right] in “The Hobbit” film, voices “The Hobbit” audio book (hint hint to Naxos AudioBooks, pretty please):
“The Hobbit” Audio Book – Part I of III by ThrobnWood [(4)] — 1 hour 19 minutes
“The Hobbit” Audio Book – Part II of III by ThrobnWood [(5)] — 1 hour 13 minutes
“The Hobbit Audio Book – Part III of III by ThrobnWood [(6) — 1 hour 8 minutes
(1) The MSOffice Clip Art illustration of a woman “burning the candle at both ends” is supposed to reflect someone trying to do too much. And although I like navy colors in my clothes and my hips might be considered zaftig–by me, anyway–this woman doesn’t really “look” like me. My hair is longer. Ha! http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/results.aspx?ex=2&qu=overworked#ai:MC900367658|mt:0|
(2) The Hobbit Book Graphic from OnRead.com and links to the book as also noted above: http://www.onread.com/book/The-Hobbit-191038/ (the main book description page); and http://www.onread.com/fbreader/191038 (the first page of “The Hobbit”)
(3) Richard Armitage in costume as Thorin Oakenshield in “The Hobbit” from the 4th Production Video courtesy of RANet at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Hobbit/4thProdVideo/album/slides/Video4-30.html
(4) “The Hobbit” Audio Book – Part I of III by ThrobnWood
(5) “The Hobbit Audio Book – Part II of III by ThrobnWood http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD0a8a0tEaM&feature=related
(6) “The Hobbit Audio Book – Part III of III by ThrobnWood