We listened to this as a family with an 8 year old on a road trip and couldnt wait to get back in the car to listen to the next chapter. the narration was quite impressive and we giggled and gasped the whole way through.
Always a great story. It's wonderful to go back to old favorites, even more so after Jackson's butchery of the story. It was interesting having the audio version for a change because I liked the way the narrator was singing the songs instead of them simply being read. A nice touch.
I've seen the movie and now I've listened to the book. They are quite similar but not at all the same. The audiobook was so well done that I could picture everything clearly. Every character had a distinct voice and it really made me feel like I was there with them on the adventure. I truly enjoyed it.
I listen to this audible version at least twice a year. It's the best I've come across, and the narrator gives life to the many songs that would otherwise go be poems without tune.
Apart from the excellent narration, I love how the story unfolds (slow as it may be) and the borrowed elements from ancient greek tragedies: like the singing, the non-violence and the deus ex-machina.
Bilbo was my favorite character and the scene with the Gollum is one of the best.
His different 'voices'. Like the incomparable Jim Dale, Rob Inglis adds an extra layer to the reading experience.