the voices were terrible
love the book, hated the narrator. I refunded and got a different version
Rob Inglis does a wonderful job at bringng the characters and book alive. Found that listening made my day at work fly right by since I was intently absorbed in the story.
Give me your tired heroines , your huddled hobbits yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of your deleted pages, and I will read.
Oh, Mr. Inglis. You have tremendous command of your instrument, and through 98% of your performance you had me riveted! I think your choice to compose and sing every song was a bold one, but it didn't pay off. No one would've faulted you for reciting the text in the form of stylized poetry. I'm sorry to say, each song was a little worse than the last (and there are many). I was fast-forwarding after the first two or three attempts.
The spoken word is performed and recorded very differently from singing. The mic is more sensitive and directional; your full-blown baritone would certainly set all needles jumping into the red. I'll bet you had to hold back so the technicians wouldn't need to reset levels each time, but it ended up sounding timid and self-conscious.
Just read. Trust the words to sing themselves into our brains like they always have.
A faster pace of narration with more enthusiasm.
The interaction between the different species is very interesting as are their opinions of each other.
I think that all of the story is interesting but there are many, many details and, perhaps, some of them could be trimmed away to improve the pace of the story itself. However, I could easily see why a fan of this series might argue that the details are the keys to bringing the story to life.
I doubt it.
This performance, the songs, as the narrator makes them sound like funeral dirges even when they are supposed to be cheery or inspiring to action.
As for the story overall, perhaps some of the details could be pared down, as stated earlier.
I've owned the hobbit and the lord of the rings books for a couple years now but have never read them even though I have always wanted to. It seemed every time I sat down to try and read them I could never concentrate on the story even though I have loved the movies since I was a little girl. Finally I ordered the audible which was the best decision ever. Listening to the story while reading along with the book has made it way easier for me to pay attention to the story and not get bored of it even though I know I love the content that's in the book. Also I'm not the best reader/writer so listening while going along in the book has helped when I can't pronounce a word since there are a lot of them I can't in the book. I'm really glad I did this so now I can say I read the books since I already know all the words to the three lord of the rings movies.
This story had potential to be excellent. However, I just don't think this was the time for me to read this. I would get distracted and it just didn't work for me. I will attempt it again at a later date because I'm sure I missed the full awesomeness that is The Hobbit.
I would very much recommend this book to anyone who loves tales of fantasy or just loves Tolkien and the movies that are being made. The reason I read this was to see the differences between the movie and the book and to make my own theories on how the last Hobbit movie will turn out.
The multiple parts where Bilbo has to prove himself a worthy member of Thorin's company.
The multiple voices he does. He had recorded this before the movies were made and his voices do the characters justice.
Spoiler: When Thorin had made peace with Bilbo before he died.
Yes, it's a really well done piece. The narrator did very well changing his voice to identify every character and it makes it more enjoyable and very interesting.
The quality of narration was fantastic. The story is a classic. How could it not be given a high rank in anybody's collection?
Tolkien is the father of fantasy, especially the iconic "quest with elves" style. Unfortunately, the story itself does come across as being quite dated. He created many of the characters and themes, but they've evolved since the early days and some later authors have improved upon Tolkien's formula. I would have to say that the best thing about the story is the inspiration that it gave to other authors.
Rob Inglis is the perfect narrator for this style of book. However, I found that he read quite slowly. Thankfully, Audible apps usually have a function that speeds up the narrator without giving him a chipmunk voice. I found that 1.5x was perfect, although sometimes I'd boost it up to 2x if I could really focus on the story for a bit.
It would be too long for a single sitting. However, it helped make a long road trip seem quick and tolerable!