I think people will read The Hobbit independent of any review, so I'll speak to the narration. Really enjoyed the voice work for this book. With so many characters it would have been easy for voices to blend or vary wildly, but I found it to be very engaging and not distracting from the story. There are a number of songs in the book that I found myself wanting to speed through, but I think that's something I would've done in the written version as well. Overall, I think the voice work really helped me finally enjoy the Hobbit-it's my 3rd attempt. Looking forward to the LOTR trilogy by the same actor
For those who love the movie they will also love the book. The book helps capture the tales of Bilbo Baggins as he journeys through middle earth. The book reveals some interesting details that are left out of the films and gives you more of an insider view of what Bilbo was thinking on his journey. I recommend it to all Tolkien lovers.
Lovely story (obviously), the reader however did make a few mistakes by saying some words that weren't written but other than that, the reader was very pleasant. He added much emotion and even some sound effects to his performance and I am pleased with it.