I've owned the hobbit and the lord of the rings books for a couple years now but have never read them even though I have always wanted to. It seemed every time I sat down to try and read them I could never concentrate on the story even though I have loved the movies since I was a little girl. Finally I ordered the audible which was the best decision ever. Listening to the story while reading along with the book has made it way easier for me to pay attention to the story and not get bored of it even though I know I love the content that's in the book. Also I'm not the best reader/writer so listening while going along in the book has helped when I can't pronounce a word since there are a lot of them I can't in the book. I'm really glad I did this so now I can say I read the books since I already know all the words to the three lord of the rings movies.
This story had potential to be excellent. However, I just don't think this was the time for me to read this. I would get distracted and it just didn't work for me. I will attempt it again at a later date because I'm sure I missed the full awesomeness that is The Hobbit.
I would very much recommend this book to anyone who loves tales of fantasy or just loves Tolkien and the movies that are being made. The reason I read this was to see the differences between the movie and the book and to make my own theories on how the last Hobbit movie will turn out.
The multiple parts where Bilbo has to prove himself a worthy member of Thorin's company.
The multiple voices he does. He had recorded this before the movies were made and his voices do the characters justice.
Spoiler: When Thorin had made peace with Bilbo before he died.
Yes, it's a really well done piece. The narrator did very well changing his voice to identify every character and it makes it more enjoyable and very interesting.
The quality of narration was fantastic. The story is a classic. How could it not be given a high rank in anybody's collection?
Tolkien is the father of fantasy, especially the iconic "quest with elves" style. Unfortunately, the story itself does come across as being quite dated. He created many of the characters and themes, but they've evolved since the early days and some later authors have improved upon Tolkien's formula. I would have to say that the best thing about the story is the inspiration that it gave to other authors.
Rob Inglis is the perfect narrator for this style of book. However, I found that he read quite slowly. Thankfully, Audible apps usually have a function that speeds up the narrator without giving him a chipmunk voice. I found that 1.5x was perfect, although sometimes I'd boost it up to 2x if I could really focus on the story for a bit.
It would be too long for a single sitting. However, it helped make a long road trip seem quick and tolerable!
since there is no way to mark books as read in the library I thought this might be a way to mark them
Any type of book that has a long adventure with a hero.
All of them. He did a wonderful job of creating sereveral kinds of sounds and voices to make sure the audience could understand who was speaking.
No. Only because it was 20 hours long. Totally worth it tho
Ingles provides voice overs for every individual characters, and although some very similiar, he makes sure the audience understands who is speaking in any given conversation.
I haven't listened to enough audiobooks for this rating to be relevant. It's as good as the others that I've heard.
The Belgariad books.
Read the book well enough. His singing kills it for me though. After a few versus, you get the point. Songs seemed to be way longer than necessary, especially with the bad singing.
I did not like the singing...at...all.
Among the best, if I say so myself.
The whole story is fantastic.
Oh most definitely. It was amazing.
The greatest work of J.R.R Tolkien.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Already have listened to it 3 times. It is a great story
This is my favorite because the LOTR rings series got to in-depth to describing the world the book ended up boring me but the Hobbit never did.