One of my favorite stories. I have read this story to my kids when they were young. The story is even better being being read to me. The performance by the narrator is excellent.
No one need add more accolades to J R R Tolkien's ageless story. It has stood the test of time and remains one of the best of it's genre (style or type of story telling).
The performance is spot on. Rob Inglis, who narrates the story, gives the story the right intonation for each character and situation. Thoroughly enjoy it every time I have listened to it.p, two or three times a year.
Inglis narratives 'The Lord of the Rings as well if you pay attention and purchase the corresponding audible book.
Though the voices he uses for the Orcs is better in The Hobbit than in TLOR, at least in my humble opinion.
This review is of the narration (by Rob Inglis) and not the story itself. His voice is pleasing and makes for easy listening. His change in timber for different characters is also nice. However, correct me if I am wrong, but the point of the audio version of a book is so the listener may hear the written words of a particular book. Unfortunately, that is not always the case here. Throughout, not only this book but this entire series, the narrator takes (what I consider to be unacceptable) liberties with the written word. Granted the liberties taken are slight (constantly using contractions-'I'm' instead of 'I am', 'isn't' instead of 'is not' and so on), nonetheless it change the tone of what the character is saying. However, first and foremost IT IS NOT WHAT WAS WRITTEN! Read the book as it was written! For those of us who know the story word for word, it is very distracting and extremely irritating (at least it is for me). Second, it detracts from the authenticity of the world which Tolkien painstakingly worked to create. Tolkien himself was not happy about 'corrections' (unauthorised by the writer) that were made in several different printings. Be it proofreader, editor, publisher (or in this case narrator), believing they knew better than Tolkien himself what word(s) were suited to express his works boils down to simple vanity on their part. Other than constantly changing the written word by using contractions where none were written, this is a serviceable narration.
I've tried reading the book many times, but never got very far. The narrator of the audiobook makes it very easy to keep interested, with many (but no cheesy) voices for characters, and a decent singing voice for the songs.
Rob Inglis performance of The Hobbit is for this listener a stellar performance. I was transported by word and song to Middle Earth. Bravo!
I'm yo' huckleberry. And that's just my game!
Amazing tale! A must for anyone who loves fantasy books! There is only on voice but he does well enough by himself
I have read and re-read the lord of the Rings books since I was 14. Now at 68 they are still my favorite read. Just can't get enough of it.