Great classic story. Very good narration. Good singing voice for the elves and the dwarfs. I like the Golum voice he did too - not annoying like in the original narration.
A great read. A long book, but the author is very capable in descriptions of characters and places visited. Second time through, and definitely got more out of the story than the first read.
... The songs are painful and must be endured. My kids loved the story. They heard it as it should be heard, with a proper British accent.
Will remain my favorite book of all time. Rob hits all the words just right and brings the story to life in a way that will leave a pleasant imprint on your brain for years to come. Sometimes I even find myself humming the songs out loud.
I've always told myself that I didn't like "fantasy" stories. I was very pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this book was. I was missing out all these years.
I was going to get this book whether or not reviews trashed it. The reviews make it seem worse than it was. The narration was okay not great.. Then again the his dark materials series has the best narration, being done by a full on cast, so it's hard to live up to that. Story is great. Smaugs voice was terrible. Singing could have been a lot better.