Epic, Imaginative, Clever
Bilbo represents the part of us that timid, consumed with his creature comforts, and unwilling to take risks. We then see the spark of adventure ignite, and he leaves his comfort zone and learns things about himself and his world he would have never otherwise known. I find that incredibly inspirational.
I've read, seen, heard this story many times before, so my reactions weren't so dramatic- but this retelling of it did provide something unique. I enjoyed it immensely.
If you read this as a child, saw the 1978 animation, revisit this audio book before seeing the new movie- your experience will be greatly enhanced.
I'm sure that the songs have some significant part in the story - but the performance of the songs left me flat and I found myself fast-forwarding through them.
Other than that - and the overacted voicing of the different characters - I found the story to be solid and well written.
Given the voicing on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy is done by the same person, I will likely not be purchasing those books. I'm sure the books are great - but i just can't take listening to the performer for that long...
None in particular - though the ending scene was pleasing
The narrator's ability to change his voice for the numerous characters in this book is simply amazing. All of us were so surprised and impressed with narrator that we wouldn't hesitate to listen to any books he narrates.
We were totally impressed with the narrator's ability to change his voice for the various characters. Outstanding job...
all of them were great!!
I just went to see the first film by Peter Jackson when I picked this up. I had picked up a live play version earlier, but had not enjoyed it as much as I thought I would. This version definitely made me understand some of Peter Jackson's choices given how much goes on in this book. I definitely liked Rob Inglis's reading of it and felt that I got to know the characters well and didn't feel like I was missing anything going from seeing the movie to listening to the book.
Never had a better listening experience. Rob Inglis took a wonderful story and made it magical for me. If you have never read The Hobbit...you should really listen to this production. If you already love The Hobbit.....you will love it twice as much after you listen to this.
The story is a classic and is performed very well by Rob Inglis. I couldn't recommend it more highly!
I love me some audiobooks
It's been YEARS since I read the novel and wanted to go through the book again before I saw the Peter Jackson rendition at the theater. After reading many positive reviews I decided to go the audiobook route and wasn't disappointed at all. I actually listened to it hours at a time while on vacation sitting outside several nights by a fire. Audiobooks always seem better when I listen to them sitting outside puffing on a cigar. If you like dark nights, a good cigar (or 2) and a good audiobook , then I highly recommend this version of The Hobbit.
Bilbo was the one character I related to the most.
These old stories always sound better with a British accent.
I always hate to have these stories end, especially when I've got at least 30 - 40 minutes to go on my cigar.
Like some other reviews stated, I thought the narrator was a little too cheerful in his presentation. I felt that there were times throughout the story that required a darker tone. This is a minor issue though.
Of course when I found out that there was going to be a movie about the hobbit i just had to get the book and listen to it before i go see the movie. The book was fantastic I've listen to it three times in the past couple months and have enjoyed it immensely. This is now my new favorite book to listen to. Great story and narrated very well.
Bilbo was my favorite. He started out as a normal person who just wanted to be left alone and was content with that. As he went on his adventure and was introduced to new things it transformed him into a hero.
He played Smaug very well. Always enjoyed that part of the story.
I always enjoyed the part were Bilbo was teasing the spiders and showed the dwarfs the bravery he could posses.
This is one of the top audiobooks I have listened to.
The retelling of this story with the poems recited and the songs sung by Rob Inglis was a pleasure to hear.
No, I have read and re-read this story since the early 70's, although it has been some years since I last did so.
Unlike The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I listened to this with all my kids and they just love Rob Inglis' narration of the cast of characters , he even shines in singing. Fell in love with Bilbo Baggins and had to listen again.