J. R. R. Tolkien knew how to tell a good story that, I believe, was meant to be read aloud. In the hands of a competent narrator, Tolkine's words can jump off the page and truly come alive. Like the animator of a cartoon drawing, a good narrator can add touches to the story that go beyond scribbles on a page or text on a screen.
In my book, Rob Inglis is just that kind of narrator. He brings an understanding of the text that is rare to find, and he does a good job with Tolkine's invented languages. His diction is very precise, and every word is clearly delivered. His voice is rich, full and solid.
In this book, as well as Lord of the Rings, there are a number of songs. One reason so few audio book publishers have not recorded these books in full has been the question of how to deal with the songs. Should they just be treated as poetry, or should they be sung. Rob Inglis takes the latter approach. While his singing may not be equal to a great operatic singer, such as Placido Domingo, I believe I can get used to it. I know some reviewers were not big fans of the singing, but I recognize that you can't [lease everyone. I believe that if a narrator is able to sing the songs, let him. If he can't do that, just treat them as poetry. That is why I'm willing to hear him out, and to give this narrator credit for the effort.
In short, I recommend The Hobbit as well as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They are all good stories, and if you're looking for quality narration, Rob Inglis delivers.
This classic tale by Tolkien has been one of my favorites since childhood. The word "epic" has unfortunately been cheapened by overuse on social media, but Tolkien's work is truly what that word was meant to convey.
Inglis' voice, with its accent and inflection, matches the tone exactly right - it's almost as if Tolkien were there reading it himself. The Gollum voice is excellent. The songs are a treat as well, although I found myself ready to move on after a couple verses of dwarves singing about their gold...
Highly recommended for all ages.
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Rob Inglis was a wonderful storyteller. Just beautifully done. I have never heard anything narrated by him and I know I'll be on the look out for more stories. He was wonderful!
Gandalf is and will always be my favorite.
I space stories out over my drive to and from work. I caught myself putting this on while making dinner or getting ready in the morning. I read this many years ago and the magic had dimmed in my mind. My goodness, is it rejuvenated.
A problem I've always had with Tolkien is his lack of female characters. This goes double for this book. There are NO female characters in this book, which is a bit tiring. Yes, it's a classic but at some point you have to commend the movie for very slightly balancing out the sausage fest.
Ingles does a magnificent job narrating the tale and does an impressive job with the voices for the characters. This audiobook is highly recommended by me without reservation.