I only give five starts to books that I enjoyed so well that I know I’ll listen to them more than once. There’s so little time and so many books, that doesn’t happen very often.
This story has been around a long time and the movie only revs up the interest in the story. The full, unabridged story is the way to go.
I'm a stay-at-home mom and I like to listen to books while I clean.
The Hobbit is a classic. If you are a lover of epic fantasy or a fan of Tolkien, this audio book is well worth your purchase. Tolkien's style can be a bit dry for some, or tedious: with his love of poetry and tendency to over describe landscapes.
I personally find the style endearing and warmly familiar, but it isn't for everyone and even for me I have to be in a Tolkien mood.
For those who might find the style to be difficult reading, an audio book is an ideal option.
However, if you're a fan of epic fantasy, unless you (like me) listen to audio books as something to distract while seeing to other tasks (jogging, household chores, etc) then I would recommend sticking to your hard copies!
The reader isn't bad, but I personally find his tones to be a bit dull and the rhythm of his voice makes me sleepy.
The chance to listen to a book which I had previously only read for myself was a nice surprise. Very well done performance.
I enjoyed the story and the performance of the story! Our was visually stimulating ad I could imagine what the scene looked like.
I loved the belt the most.
I've known this recording of this book since I was a child. I am entirely biased when I say it's an all time favorite for me.
Bilbo meeting Smaug is up there, but also Bilbo and the 3 Trolls.
Well, he does sing.
You should ask Peter Jackson, but "There and Back Again" is a go-to.
A classic. Entirely worthy.
I loved the descriptive imagery. My imagination went crazy with all the amazing scenes that were described in this book and the detailed characters. I loved it.
My favorite part in the story was the interaction between Mr. Baggins and Golhem. It made me laugh so hard.
Spoke clearly and was not afraid to sing the songs in the book which surprised me.
It really was. I never wanted to press that pause button.
Very good book, highly recommended to read before you go see the movie and have your imagination ruined
Great performance by Rob Inglis. His narration brought the characters to life and made me even more excited to see the film.
Most accessible of the Tolkien books and some genuine laugh out loud moments.
The exchange with the Mountain Trolls.
I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story is entertaining. The best parts to me were the big conversations between major characters, like Gollum and Bilbo or Smaug and Bilbo. The fight scenes aren't really as exciting or dramatic as what I'm used to with modern fantasy. Tolkien tends to summarize and tell you what's going on instead of showing you. Some of that might be the "storyteller style" that Tolkien uses, occasionally interrupting with narrator comments or alluding to other parts of the story.
Rob Inglis does a good job overall with the narration with a couple exceptions. For one, his voice for Smaug didn't really hold up to Richard Boone's voicework for Smaug on the Hobbit cartoon, not that many people could. I suppose Inglis was going for a more fanciful interpretation where the dragon is funny as well as intimidating (and that's not out of line with Tolkien's writing) but Boone had the menace and "badassery" in his voice that I'll always remember.
Second, there's all the singing. I completely understand Tolkien's use of poetic song in his writing. It echoes the verses of Beowulf and other early tales that were spoken before they were written down. However, it was decided for Rob Inglis to sing these lines instead of just speaking them so he had to make up some tuneless song for each one (I'm assuming) and it shows. These are not songs written by a conductor with Tolkien's words applied to them. These are poems recited in a sing-songy voice. For some of the shorter songs, I could deal but Tolkien tends to go on and on and so the songs go on and on. I could have done without those.
Much like Return of the King, the ending of The Hobbit seems to stretch on longer than necessary after the adventure is done. Some people will like all the extra detail in Bilbo's trip home and some people will be waiting for Tolkien to wrap it up.
Overall, worth the listen. Now I have to go see the new movie and compare. :)