"Please. Stop. Singing."
Granted, it's very hard to deal with a cast of 14-15 characters, but many of the characters' voices made me want to stop listening altogether. The narrator's default voice for every person other than most of the dwarves is a stuffy, old-fashioned sounding affair. Think of how you would imagine a stereotypical, British, upper-middle class grandfather of the 1940s to sound. Congratulations. You have heard Bilbo, Elrond, Gandalf, the LakeTown Master, and pretty much everyone over 4 feet tall. Thorin gets more of the same, but with an extremely affected, trying-to-be-posh inflection to top it off. However, on the dwarves, the narrator goes to the opposite extreme. Every single dwarf has his own "unique" voice, and most of these are incredibly annoying. Fili and Kili sound like idiots. They speak in a veeeerrrrrryyyy slllloooowwwwww, overly deep voice and mumble through consonants. They sounded, actually, rather like Crabbe and Goyle from Harry Potter. The voice made me think that the author was implying that they were extremely stupid goons.I would have preferred less "personalization" and more "reading what Tolkien actually wrote," as he's pretty good at identifying the speaker. The mixed-up, everyone-is-arguing parts are supposed to be muddled, so it's extremely unnecessary to inject a separate voice for everyone.This became utterly unbearable during the singing portions. In the narrator's defense, it is hard to come up with tunes for Tolkien's stuff, and it is acutely awkward to expect someone to sing a page's worth of unwritten melody, but augh! I had to fast forward through the elf songs. Rather than "elvish" or "merry" or "different but appealing" or anything Tolkien implied, the elvish music is closer to, "stuffy old guy blissed out on something very relaxing and probably illegal." By contrast, the narrator seems to be trying to rush through the dwarf songs, setting them at an overly brisk cadence and singing them as if he wants to get through as quickly as possible and is rather bored of the song. Awful stuff.
No; I liked parts of it, but the songs always made me abandon the story for at least a day or so, and the voices grated on my nerves.
Yes. I have listened to it several times already, and it is a classic.
Bilbo Baggins, of course. He comes through with resourcefulness and luck throughout the story, and ends up learning quite a bit by the end.
Rob is a stellar narrator who has the uncanny ability of bringing the characters alive in a way that I am pretty sure I would not have imagined had I read the book myself.
Yes, it is that kind of book, but it of adequate length that this is not really feasible. Definitely a book that will leave you sitting in the driveway waiting for the chapter to end!!!
Yes, I would listen to it again and again just as I have read the book for myself on many occasions. The reader's voice sounds so much like I would expect the different character's voices to sound after having read the story myself. He adds so much with the way he sang the songs that go so far beyond the flat way my head did them when I read it. He makes me feel like I can smell the smoke, hear the sorrow and weariness. Though I always felt like I was there beside the characters when I read, he had a way making it so much more real.
The songs, and the way Tolkien had Bilbo find some much more depth and strength in his character than he thought he had at the start of the story.
The songs and the emotion he put into the words. He was able to take a story that I thought I knew from many reading on my own and make it new and fresh. Giving so much more to it.
When the dwarfs started turning to Bilbo for leadership/guidance after having treating him as a burden and useless waste.
Rob Inglis does a wonderful job reading the book because of his ablity to do all the voices. The story is of course great.
The narration was outstanding.
I am 66 years old and have never read the book. Since I drive a lot, I thought it would be a good idea to heat the book before seeing the movie. I was not expecting very much, but I actually enjoyed it quite a bit.
Love Classics, Mysteries, Spirituality and Wellness ...I enjoy a broad selection of non-fiction as well as beautiful skillful literature and prose!
So glad I purchased this audiobook...I am looking forward to seeing it on screen even more so now that I listened to this wonderful audiobook. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
I haven't even finished this one and I can't wait to start the next. I am enthralled with this unabridged version. And Rob Inglis' narration is delicious indeed! The story springs to life with the various characters as Mr. Inglis deftly changes inflection and tone, giving each character a unique "voice".
The story itself is Tolkien at his best. Full of mystery and humor, daring-do and lots of twists. It will keep everyone enthralled!
Delightful in every way! A must listen for all! (Not just us Hobbits!)
Addicted to books, especially audiobooks. Read lots and prosper!
So happy for The Hobbit to be on to be on audible unabridged. Abridged versions of books are just so wrong it's a crime. The narrator is wonderful. He is very able to carry this story and separate the voices. His tone and the depth of his voice, it's a pleasure to listen to. The story is after all the Hobbit. It's wonderful and fantastical and an adventure that everyone must take at least once in their lives.
I have waited along time for Audible to come out wtih a version of this book i thought i would like. And i loved it. The Narrator was great. He did a good job on all the different charecters.
In fact i like it so much i've listend to it three times already. And now i'm gettin Book one in the Two Towers. Thanks Audible.
He really did a good job on all the different Charecters. There is alot of them in this book and he really did a good job.
At the end when Bilbo finally got home.
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I'm glad to finally get the chance to hear Tolkien's own words, in its entirety. For what has become such an Epic of literature, I find the first of the series a cleverly contained little tale... I always find a novelists First Book interesting in the usual writing of it with the possibility that the One book itsself may ultimately have to stand alone. It is Intriguing for me to hear the book pass Through so much of the Greater World from a singlularly contained perspective. The View of Middle Earth from a single person within its so much greater narrative... as Gandalf so cleverly aludes to.
As many of Tolkien's fans may agree, I enjoy all of the Descriptions of Speciffics of various places, objects, and species. For what goes on to be such a vast universe, I take real pleasure in getting clear-cut Speciffic descriptions 'Streight from the Horse's Mouth' so to speak. These are the gritty facts of brick which build his universe, and I find each fascinating.
English... and well defined. I smile at a few times Bilbo speciffically is given a certain English Coloquial tone, which I would think not far from the way Tolkien himself Heard the voices. and Despite the variety of flowery language and different voices, I seldom found myself struggling to hear the text... appart from the singing, which I'll discuss later...
I fould the book to be one that had FEW Easy Stopping Points...
Despite the length, I can only remember a couple of times where the Narrator actually bothers to SAY "Chapter 3:"... because of this, I tended to read On and On without a clear idea of where I COULD stop - since the actions melt into eachother too much to stop hardly.
That being said, I certainly Wanted to keep reading... but there's always those points when you HAVE to go to sleep, or work, or something... sadly.
I am a big fan of the Animated Version I've known for So Long and therefore, my main object for comparrison Must be that. And, in terms of Total Storytelling, this is the better version. Fact Is, the film leaves out much of the story, However...
In terms of Tolkien's Use of SONG, I'm afraid I am a die hard LOVER of the film's Songs.
I therefore Did Not Like the Singing portions of this copy.
I understand Tolkien often included lyrics, and that he often Described the singing... but I would MUCH have Prefered the Narrator to SIMPLY SPEAK the lyrics and not attempt to Sing them all the time. Not only does One Voice singing for a Multitude Not capture the true sound, but the Same Voice singing for Elves, trolls, Goblins, and Dragons simply Fails to Carry the song in an effective way to my ears.
Moreover, It is not my knowledge that Tolkien actually Includes the 'tune' behind each song to be sung in a way that could be Realistically Reproduced... which leaves me listening to a Single guy makeup a tune singing a song which I Only Really Care about in lyric form...
Especially in my case, where I've already gotten affectionate for Distinctly Different Variations. Sadly, this turned the songs into late night karaoke for me to try and hear Through to the underlying words instead of the deeply more descriptive nature in the Structure and Content of the songs which I feel was Tolkien's Real Intent.