No. And my own subjective opinion clouds the issue. I am not a huge fan of a narrator using distinct voices. Just read me the book. He does a good job but goes off the deep end a couple times and some characters sound similar. Which in turn is distracting. Plus there are some songs in this book that I love while reading but are VERY difficult to do in an audio version. It comes across all wrong (at least to me) and again pulls you out of the story.
Not sure. But it is a great simpler introduction before tackling Lord of the Rings trilogy.
English, deep, serious.
No extreme emotions. Just a good yarn. Wanted more detail in some parts. The final battle seems to be missing some moments. Like Tolkien just got tired and said this is good enough.
I don't think LOTR and JRR Tolkien is for everyone. But I enjoy a good fantasy story. And this is the genesis of all modern fantasy. It is good to revisit the source from time to time.
I love the narrator's dynamic reading. His rendition of the dwarf songs added a layer of magic to the book that one can only get by listening. (I always skipped the songs in my readings because I am not musically inclined).
I'm rather fond of Gandalf the Grey. I think he embodies boldness, grit, and wisdom that engages my attention in new ways each time I encounter this story.
I have not, but I found this one enjoyable.
No extreme reactions, but it was great fun.
An engrossing performance of a timeless classic. Rob Inglis brings the story, and the world of Middle Earth, to life!
Mr. Inglis reads The Hobbit without going overboard in theatrics, but still manages to vary the voices of his characters which makes it easier to follow along. Most narrators either drone, or they create voices in falcetto (men playing women), ridiculous baritone (women playing men), or that ridiculous baby talk (when playing small children). All that does is pull me out of the story and often I stop the book. I love books - they allow me to use my imagination; but I detest poor narrators - they seem to think I'm too dumb and need them to shape the characters for me. The only reason I listen to audiobooks is lack of time.
Thank you, Mr. Inglis, for your wonderful performance. The songs are magnificently sung too, by the way...
I like the audio better.
I wanted to hear the whole story in one sitting.
Quality of narration
The hobbit, of course
Masterful interpretation of the characters personalities. He absolutely understood them.
Unlike Peter Jackson's recent movie disaster, this narrator "gets it" It is about a hobbit and his journey physically and spiritually. This reading totally captures the essence of the characters.
Actually this is 3rd audiobook that I have listened to. It was very good.
This story follows Joseph Campbell's format of the Hero's Journey.
I particularly remember his rendition of Gollum.
This was a very entertaining listen. I have never been able to actually read this book. I always lost interest after about 2 pages. However, the performance took me right in, and I ended up enjoying the story.
This is a J. R. Tolkien book which is a prequel to Lord Of the Rings and an understanding of his writing world.
A Fun Adventure
When Bilbo finally decides to go on the adventure.
I love audio books because I can go through the book quicker
Not necessarily one sitting but on a road trip or over a few trips
Owned this on tape and now I am glad to have it on MP3