I would say that this audiobook is easily one of my favorites. As I have listened to well over 100 audiobooks, probably more than 200, I am not sure where to place this one. It should certainly rank within the top 20 or 30.
My favorite interaction in the book was between Bilbo and Gollum, in pitch black darkness, beneath the goblin cave. That was one aspect of the scene that could not be conventionally conveyed in the film. It was in complete inky blackness.
Inglis manages to make each character distinguishable without getting in the way of the story. It has been a while since I've given this audiobook a listen, and what I remember of the characters are the voices that my own imagination has assigned them. That is the mark of a proper narrator.
There was nothing particularly moving, but I was surprised as to how the characters were more driven by looting their ancient stronghold than they were in retaking it.
This is a good audiobook, but it does feel much simpler and a almost a little childish when compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I would certainly recommend this reading of "The Hobbit." Rob Inglis has the perfect voice for this story. He makes each character come to life, and sound just like you would imagine... Amazing!
The singing, the accents, and the richness of the spoken word.
No... too long for that.
Rob Inlis has wonderful voices for the characters. His general reading voice is pleasant and engaging.
I had never heard of Rob Inglis before I purchased this book, so I was a tad nervous about actually going through with buying it, even though I desperately wanted to own The Hobbit on audio (it is by far one of my favorite books ever). I need not have feared -- Inglis is absolutely PERFECT as a reader for this story! He has a marvelously rich, deep voice that fits Tolkien flawlessly. There is a warmth that makes it feel almost like the most wonderful bedtime story of your entire childhood -- but Inglis likewise makes the darker portions even a bit darker. I think even Tolkien himself, that notorious perfectionist, would have been thoroughly pleased with Inglis as the reader.
Narration is fantastic, but for me the story was only somewhat interesting, probably because it was written more as a children's story.
Also, note that the version I purchased had a section repeat itself with about 3 hours left in the book, which was the death knell for me. I couldn't bring myself to finish it after that.
I am a lot of genres: sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, mystery, Shakespeare's, & thriller
It was up there with harry potter
When Thorin died, that was a surprise
Yeah, I wanted to but I was unable to I had a lot to do.
Throughout my whole reading life, a good book was measured against this one and its sequels... do I need to say more?
I am relatively new to listening to audio books but Rob Inglis' performance was absolutely amazing. He made the story so much richer with his amazing vocal interpretation of the various characters. Each character had such a distinct voice, tone, and timbre that it sounded like a play happening on a stage.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the performance and have already purchased the first book in the LOTR trilogy so I can continue listening to is performances!
I read The Hobbit as a kid and loved the story but this performance made me love it even more!
Overall it was quite good, and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, there were frequent areas in the middle of readings where there had clearly been some editing of the recording and the result was a half second or less of complete silence (none of the white noise that otherwise existed across the background of entire recording). Every time such a silence occurred it was distracting to me. On the other hand I could see some people not noticing at all.
I liked the book better. I didnt like the horrid singing.
Gandalf. He's Gandalf
better voice. this guys was way to gravelly to effectivly distinguish between the different characters and he butchered every song he sung.