The Hobbit - Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party

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Here is a sample of me reading from the fantasy book The Hobbit. This is an older demo, part of a recording that I put together for a friend of mine that enjoys listening to me read to them.

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Voice Age

Middle Aged (35-54)


North American (General) North American (US General American - GenAM) North American (US West Coast - California, Portland)


Note: Transcripts are generated using speech recognition software and may contain errors.
Chapter one An unexpected party.
In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit, not a nasty, dirty, wet hole filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole, with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat. It was a Hobbit hole, and that means comfort. It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened onto a tube shaped hall like a tunnel, a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with paneled walls and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats. The Hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on going fairly, but not quite straight into the side of the hill, the hill, as all the people from many miles round called it, and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side, then on another. No going upstairs for the Hobbit bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries, lots of these wardrobes. He had whole rooms devoted to clothes, kitchens, dining rooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage the best rooms were all on the left hand side going in for these were the only ones to have windows deep set round windows looking over his garden and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river. This Hobbit was a very well to do Hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Baggins's had lived in the neighborhood of The Hill for time out of mind and people considered them very respectable. Not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected. You could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him. This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected. He may have lost the neighbors respect, but he gained, well, you will see whether he gained anything in the end.