Narration is fantastic, but for me the story was only somewhat interesting, probably because it was written more as a children's story.
Also, note that the version I purchased had a section repeat itself with about 3 hours left in the book, which was the death knell for me. I couldn't bring myself to finish it after that.
I am a lot of genres: sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, mystery, Shakespeare's, & thriller
It was up there with harry potter
When Thorin died, that was a surprise
Yeah, I wanted to but I was unable to I had a lot to do.
Throughout my whole reading life, a good book was measured against this one and its sequels... do I need to say more?
I am relatively new to listening to audio books but Rob Inglis' performance was absolutely amazing. He made the story so much richer with his amazing vocal interpretation of the various characters. Each character had such a distinct voice, tone, and timbre that it sounded like a play happening on a stage.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the performance and have already purchased the first book in the LOTR trilogy so I can continue listening to is performances!
I read The Hobbit as a kid and loved the story but this performance made me love it even more!
Overall it was quite good, and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, there were frequent areas in the middle of readings where there had clearly been some editing of the recording and the result was a half second or less of complete silence (none of the white noise that otherwise existed across the background of entire recording). Every time such a silence occurred it was distracting to me. On the other hand I could see some people not noticing at all.
I liked the book better. I didnt like the horrid singing.
Gandalf. He's Gandalf
better voice. this guys was way to gravelly to effectivly distinguish between the different characters and he butchered every song he sung.
the voices were terrible
love the book, hated the narrator. I refunded and got a different version
Rob Inglis does a wonderful job at bringng the characters and book alive. Found that listening made my day at work fly right by since I was intently absorbed in the story.
Give me your tired heroines , your huddled hobbits yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of your deleted pages, and I will read.
Oh, Mr. Inglis. You have tremendous command of your instrument, and through 98% of your performance you had me riveted! I think your choice to compose and sing every song was a bold one, but it didn't pay off. No one would've faulted you for reciting the text in the form of stylized poetry. I'm sorry to say, each song was a little worse than the last (and there are many). I was fast-forwarding after the first two or three attempts.
The spoken word is performed and recorded very differently from singing. The mic is more sensitive and directional; your full-blown baritone would certainly set all needles jumping into the red. I'll bet you had to hold back so the technicians wouldn't need to reset levels each time, but it ended up sounding timid and self-conscious.
Just read. Trust the words to sing themselves into our brains like they always have.
A faster pace of narration with more enthusiasm.
The interaction between the different species is very interesting as are their opinions of each other.
I think that all of the story is interesting but there are many, many details and, perhaps, some of them could be trimmed away to improve the pace of the story itself. However, I could easily see why a fan of this series might argue that the details are the keys to bringing the story to life.
I doubt it.
This performance, the songs, as the narrator makes them sound like funeral dirges even when they are supposed to be cheery or inspiring to action.
As for the story overall, perhaps some of the details could be pared down, as stated earlier.