I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction
Whether you've read it already, and either before or after the movie, this is an audiobook that's just plain enjoyable to listen to. Same is true of Rob Inglis's rendition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Truthfully, I had a hard time years ago with the paper copies when it came to the songs, (They're just not my thing.) But Inglis makes them not only endurable but sort of fun. This a story worth reading or hearing or seeing again and again. I suppose that's why it can be considered a classic. Tolkien and Inglis make the story come alive visually so that you have a movie in your own head, and one perfectly compatible with the new movie. A must for any audiobook library, whether you just want a friendly story to accompany you through driving/walking/housework/quilting (much more fun than housework--I'm not "Robert," more like "Mrs. Robert"), or whether it's a new to you and you'll be sitting on the edge of your seat, you need to hear it.
The story itself can't be beat if you enjoy science fiction/fantasy subject matter
How every detail is described and read and how the story feels like you are part of it.
The whole thing
no, too long.
It took me a little bit to get used to Rob Inglis and the whole audible experience. After getting used to it I would say that Rob Inglis does a great job at differentiating the characters and I would definately recommend this book.
I don't know how the movie could measure up to this audible unabridged version.
Yes, have listened to it twice already. I always listen to books twice or more to see what I missed the first time.
I really can say that I have nothing to compare it to. At least anything I have listened to.
no, several driving sessions
I'm intrigued by how the story is told. It's full of details that lead your imagination to a new world; the world of The Hobbit.
The lord of the Rings, due to the richness in the characters and story.
My favorit was Gandalf and the Hobbit BilBo Baggins.
I wanted no delay while i listen to the Hobbit's story.
One of my favorite books!
Aerospace engineer and web site developer
There are so many fictional names and places in this story that it can be hard to follow at times. Also, some of the conversations can be drawn out at times with no real purpose.
Overall though, the performance and story is good. Just like the Lord of the Rings series, however, the movie in my opinion is better.
It is great literature. I love the language, the characters and the story.
Bilbo. He is so "cozy" if that can describe a person. He is "homey" yet he has his adventurous streak that he is afraid to let loose. He is also humorous.
This book is a classic. The literature is excellent. I am certainly not in a positon to critique it only enjoy it. The performance was excellent.
It was charming with occasional asides to the reader. It sometimes read a bit dry with lots of talk of this or that of their travels, and it was not helped much by the somewhat phlegmatic reading by the narrator. The author liked to pepper the story with songs sung by elves, hobbits, dwarves, men, etc. I never liked reading these songs in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when I was younger, and my opinion of them haven't changed much over the years.
He read well enough. He provided different voices for each of the characters to distinguish them from one another, but there was only so much he could do himself before the characters starting sounding alike, especially towards the end of the book. I disagreed with some of his voices (sounding too old, too squeaky, too high, too low) and interpretations but overall, not a bad listen. The voices were sometimes not very consistent, causing them to sometimes sound like a different character. He read at a steady pace without much change in tone. When a character shouted, his volume didn't change but the voice sometimes went a bit squeaky, which sounded a bit odd because there was no emotion behind it and felt at odds with what was going on in the story. I had to take my figurative hat off to him, though, for attempting to sing the songs. I do not know whether the music were his own; they were not very good. He was also not a singer. But he tried, at least, and it provided something different to his usual reading style.
I had some difficulty concentrating on the narration, which meant that I was utilizing the rewind button rather often. It was not a bad narration but I don't think I want to listen to The Lord of the Rings by the same narrator. A combination of Tolkien's works plus the narrator tends to make my mind wander and my ears to tune out.
I would recommend The Hobbit for anyone who enjoys the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The story is captivating and Rob Inglis brings the tale to life.
Bilbo Baggins is a favorite character. I can relate to the reluctant hero who prefers the comforts of home to the uncertainties of travelling into strange and distant lands.
Even though I have read The Hobbit before, I found that Rob Inglis brought a richness and depth to the story that my inner voice didn't produce.
The audio version makes the story very simple and clear. Maybe I thought it was complicated because I had to read it in middle school, but the audio book makes it easy to follow.
The Hobbit of course