I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
This performance is of such quality that readers will be swept right into the pages of JRR Tolkien's book and feel like a member of the community.
To prevent others from interrupting this audio book, it is my suggestion that all listeners grab a hard copy of the book and follow along with the narrator. The names of the people and places will jump right in front of the eyes and the reader will be there: on the path, in the battle, with the treasure, and with all the creatures of Tolkien's imagination.
I had to go to the book to gain the peace to follow with this rich performance because my headphones were not enough to guarantee an uninterrupted afternoon.
Exquisite! Bravo! Bravo!
I haven't read The Hobbit in 13 years, and had forgotten much of it. Rob Inglis' narration is outstanding! From voicing the characters, to the singing of songs, he sets a wonderful mood, ranging from ominous, to silly and joyful, without ever taking you out of the experience. The narrative style in which the story was written works quite well in the Audible format.
I haven't seen the films, wondering at how a book that is shorter than any one of The Lord of the Rings trilogy could be stretched out into three movies. Revisiting the book now, I can see why. Much of the tale in this book is shortly summarized in narration, leaving much detail left unsaid. I'm now much more interested in seeing the film adaptations. In this way, The Hobbit on Audible often felt like listening to a bedtime story as a child, although still very rich in mood and tone, if perhaps lacking the depth of character development we read in most other mainstream fantasy novels.
Fans of more highly-detailed fantasy writings like those of George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and the other works by Tolkien, may consider The Hobbit overly simplistic. On the contrary, it is a refreshing departure, a break if you will, from the sometimes plodding nature that marks the weakest parts of those other works. Though a short listen, The Hobbit narrated by Rob Inglis is absolutely worth the Audible Credit to purchase.