I don't know how many times I've read the book. This was the first listen to an unabridged reading. It is still great. I'm somewhat prepared for the movie.
Unique voices for all characters, that he sang poems and songs.
Rob Inglis is a great story teller and brought all characters to life.
Follow the story! Hint Hint Peter Jackson.
I love this book and wanted to listen to it before I saw the movies so I had a fresh memory of the book.
Yes, even if you have read The Hobbit, Inglis' performance is spot on, excellent pacing, he brings Tolkien's songs to life.
Those who have seen the Peter Jackson movies may be a bit put off by the difference in accents of the characters (although I feel Bilbo is coincidentally similar to Freeman and Holm's voices) especially the dwarves and elves. But if one keeps in mind that this recording was done before the movies were made, people will get over it.
In regards to the audio recording specifically is the scene in the mountain when Bilbo meets up with Gollum, the writing and dialog is very rich, and performed very well, and for those who have read all of the Lord of the Rings books, the weight of future events is hinted at slightly in these scenes.
A wonderful voice and performance. Was able to pull off all of the various characters, although almost all of the dwarves sounded the same, but Tolkien usually lets us know who is talking.
Inglis has a regal voice, being noble when it is needed, very common when called for. His baritone singing voice does great justice to Tolkien's songs, even though he is not a professional singer, it sounds as if Thorin and the group were standing in my dining room singing!
13 dwarves, a wizard, and a Hobbit, what could go wrong?
This is Tolkien's best book and the audio version does a good job telling the tale that sets up the three-volume extravaganza which is the Lord of the Rings.
Rob Inglis did a great job with the voices but there were clear cuts in the audio and his need to take a deep breath broke some of the flow for the listener.
Yes and I have. This book is the epitome of fantasy and adventure.
How it went from one action packed event to another.
He did a great job with the different voices. He seemed to always be on par with the situation.
Just how it seemed that Gandolf always seemed to be steering the group even before the onset. It lends to the fact that he had other motives in mind.
This was the first time that I read The Hobbit, and followed by listening to The Hobbit on audio as well. I thoroughly enjoyed both versions.
I enjoyed the story more in audio form than written. The narration helped the story come alive for me. I haven't read this in years and wanted to hear it again before I saw the movie. I wasn't disappointed.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
Good performance. I listened to the book 2 weeks before the release of the movie. This book is a lot more fun when you're in the 4th grade vs. being 42. The movie does a good job of following the book.
Interesting, enjoyable, great
When Bilbo was talking to the dragon
I love being read to , Rob Inglis has a great voice and I can listen to a good book while crocheting or knitting. So I am getting to of my favorite things a one time. crafting and reading a book.
when the leader of the dwarfs died.
I did read the Hobbit years ago--hearing it on audiobooks was great! I had forgotten much of it. We listened to it in the car on a 10 hr trip from MI to NC over Thanksgiving weekend. I was a little disappointed at first with the audio-reader's initial Gandolf voice inflection. Sounded weak and a bit befuddled to me. I did however notice that it evolved through out the reading of the book and took on a more "wizardly" persona as the story progressed.
If you see the movie after you listen to the book you will note the movie takes a lot of artistic liberties to tell the story on screen----knowing the real story helped me enjoy the movie. It was ok that it was not a literal interpretation of the book.