I've always wanted to read the Hobbit. Like most everyone else, I saw the movies first. This may be one of the very, very few stories that I have read (or listened to) where I think the movie was deeper and more captivating than the book. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but as one reviewer mentioned, Peter Jackson brought out the full potential of the story. My fantasy story standard is the Harry Potter series. Not one of those movies could hold a candle to the book they portrayed.
Anyway, I am now curious as to how the Lord of the Rings books stack up against their movie counterparts. I recommend the book, but not with 5 stars. You need to experience how the author saw Bilbo on his adventures. I do give Rob Inglis 5 stars for a brilliant narration.
Tolkien's enchanting prelude to The Lord of the Rings is here read by a master of the craft. The story flows flawlessly and it keep the listener/reader engaged.