I highly recommend The Hobbit. Tolkien is a brilliant storyteller! Adventure with definite Christian values. Perfect. Nice imagery. Worthy heroes.
Wizards, Dragons, Hobbits!
The Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion of course! One is the continuation of the Hobbit while the other basically is the bible of how Middle Earth came to be.
Rob Inglis not only had different (and consistent) voices for all the characters, but he would actually sing the verses, having different tunes for each and every one! I was also continuously amazed with how fluently he was able to pronounce all the names without missing a beat.
This is one of those books where you don't have to read the entire series to thoroughly enjoy it. It can be a stand alone but for those naturally inquisitive who wish for the world of Middle Earth to be fleshed out even more, going through the entirety of the Lord of the Rings immediately after is a must and an excellent way to spend a few hours each day!
ive always struggled to keep reading tolkien's novels. but with the audiobook... this narrator transported me to Middle Earth. love his voice! i thought it a bit slow, so I increased the speed to 1.5x. perfect :)
The narrator is horrible!!! He tries to change voice to fit characters. First of all - too many characters. Second - he only offers annoying or more annoying. Oh the singing!!!! Dogs will howl!!! The made up songs.....there are no words. As you listen to the narrator - between his voices and songs, you hear him swallow and taking breaths. He'll stop in places, almost like he has to figure out the word or turn the page. I've read the book myself, many years ago. I loved it! But, this version is terrible. Trying to listen to it is annoying. You really can't believe you wasted a minute of your life being so annoyed.
I read this book about 20 years ago and it was surprising to me how well it has held up over time. Bilbo's adventures were very entertaining and Tolkien has great pacing. He has great detail but doesn't lard his pages with detail for the sake of giving detail.