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...
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!