The story was GREAT - ofcourse! But the NARRATOR MADE IS SO MUCH BETTER. He has such a wonderful voice. And he sings so well! If listen to this story again, which I probably will, I look forward to all the merrimaking and SINGING because this narrator is just THAT good!!!
The story by itself is a classic. But the narration is one of the best I've heard. His different characters remains consistent throughout the book. Definitely give it a try even if you've seen the movie or read it before!
I see that many people have been thrilled with the narrator, but I couldn't stand him. His voices for the dwarfs absolutely killed me; they were unnecessarily gruff and slow, almost implying stupidity, and there was absolutely no differentiation between them. The story was read fine, I could even get past the mostly awful singing, but the character voices killed me. It was close to ruining the story, which is one of the most wonderful works of imagination that has ever been put together. In close, always loved the book but audible needs to hire a new narrator and re-do this work.
I first fell in love with the land of hobbits, dwarfs, elves, and of other much darker things decades ago when I first became a great fan of Tolkien. Such a fan was I, that one year for Christmas my mother (who just recently passed in June and who is sorely missed) gave me a first edition of The Silmarillion. My Hobbit collection was now complete. I can't imagine anyone who has read The Hobbit to have not fallen in love with Bilbo's world. Tolkien's mind was filled with such weird and wondrous things the likes of which most of us mortals could not even begin to imagine. J.R.R.T. was and still is the King of Fantasy. Thank you, Mr. T.., for sharing Bilbo's world with us mere mortals...I never grow tired of reading (and rereading) your marvelous tales. (And thank you Mom for engendering my love of reading and of books. What you passed on to me was the seed which grew into my desire to educate myself to become a teacher and a reading specialist...and, of course, to pass on a love of reading, books, and a love of learning to my own daughters and all my other children whom I've taught. You are truly missed.)
Merry Meet & Blessed Be & Merry Meet Again...