Great book. narrator is perfectly suited for the story. storyline is seamless , easy to follow and takes your imagination to new heights.
It was Tolkien's books that made me get into writing as a hobby and kindled my love of reading. The Hobbit remains my most favorite book of all time having read it over twenty times in the past 10 years. Rob Inglis is a great narrator for this particular series as he brings the story and songs to life!
I have been training for endurance running for months and started this book while on my runs. When it got to Gollum I had to stop as I was laughing so hard at the voice Inglis gives him. Even with the short pauses in the later chapters (possible editing glitch) I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
J. R. R. Tolkien knew how to tell a good story that, I believe, was meant to be read aloud. In the hands of a competent narrator, Tolkine's words can jump off the page and truly come alive. Like the animator of a cartoon drawing, a good narrator can add touches to the story that go beyond scribbles on a page or text on a screen.
In my book, Rob Inglis is just that kind of narrator. He brings an understanding of the text that is rare to find, and he does a good job with Tolkine's invented languages. His diction is very precise, and every word is clearly delivered. His voice is rich, full and solid.
In this book, as well as Lord of the Rings, there are a number of songs. One reason so few audio book publishers have not recorded these books in full has been the question of how to deal with the songs. Should they just be treated as poetry, or should they be sung. Rob Inglis takes the latter approach. While his singing may not be equal to a great operatic singer, such as Placido Domingo, I believe I can get used to it. I know some reviewers were not big fans of the singing, but I recognize that you can't [lease everyone. I believe that if a narrator is able to sing the songs, let him. If he can't do that, just treat them as poetry. That is why I'm willing to hear him out, and to give this narrator credit for the effort.
In short, I recommend The Hobbit as well as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are all good stories, and if you're looking for quality narration, Rob Inglis delivers.