Yes, in many ways. The narrator brought to life the characters with his accents and I believe I got many nuances that I didn't get when I read it the first time.
Beorn, a combination of fierceness and gentleness in one package. A good man (bear?) but also a cautious one.
When Gandalf and the dwarfs first came to Bilbo's house and caused his little comfortable world to turn upside down
Not really. I enjoyed listening it to a while, then looking forward to hearing the rest of the story. I hated to see it end.
I originally read this in high school many moons ago. I thought I would revisit it because of the movie coming out to refresh my memory of the story. I really enjoyed the narrator's style and especially his singing of the dwarfish and elfish songs!
I must say I was scared to buy this as it had to have a great reader --I have been a Tolkien fan for 50 years now and always wanted to listen to it. Read them all 6 or 7 times at least over the years. It used to be Audible did not have it available and way too high price to buy. But now is available at great price and glad I got it. The reader is simply superb and ranks high on my list of all readers-almost equal to Patrick Tull -maybe even equal and that is highest compliment I can give.. The book of course is great as it is Tolkien. Cannot wait to also try LOTR by him also. I hope he gets a royalty from my money, as he certainly deserves it. I got out my trusty The Atlas of Middle Earth by Fonstad and simply sat back, had a good stiff drink, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Websites definitely suggest buying this book as a companion to the Hobbit and The Trilogy as well as other Tolkien lands. After all Bilbo loved maps and these are really good ones.
Forgot how gripping even the lowly Hobbit was-loved it.
The connections to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and how fast paced it is.
I couldn't stop listening. Unlike the Lord of the rings trilogy there is more info and background info on other races such as the the Dwarfs and the Wood Elfs.
He really took his time to get it right, great voices and character interpretation.
Several, but i don't want to spoil it for you : )
You must to read this, especially before the movie, im so excited now to see the movie!
Oh come on, like they could ever make a movie out of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. Am I right!? ...Wait. They did WHAT? And it made how much money? Really?
Rob Inglis does a fantastic job narrating this classic tale. He gives unique voices to many of the characters - his Gandalf, Smaug, and some of the dwarves and goblins are particularly memorable. Because of the carefree, whimsical narration, this audiobooks flows like a well told story, and less like someone simply reading a text aloud.
Oh yes, the story is amazing and the reader the best.
His reading brings the story to life.
That other readers would take lessons from Mr. Inglis.
Certainly in the top 10 and the series is one of the top 3. It's a great story and the narration is fabulous. So happy that it is finally on Audible as the CD's are about worn out.
Very well written story with a great level of character development and distinction from the reader. I enjoyed it from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone.
It's nice to hear the story come alive in an audio edition.
There is enough going on to keep the story moving
The first exchange between Smaug the Dragon and Bilbo Baggins
After reading The Lord of the Rings I see the scenes with Gollum and Bilbo differently.
Dramatized versions are great but there is nothing quite like the original story itself.
Of course, the story is a classic. However, the narration spoiled it for me. There were noticeable gaps in the dialogue. It didn't flow. Plus, the narrator kept switching accents and emphasis such that I couldn't tell which character he was trying to be at any given point.
No, I was confused a lot of the time. There were a lot of characters, but I kept thinking one of the dwarfs was speaking when it was supposed to be Bilbo.
Growing old is compulsory, growing UP is optional!
Yes, one of the best readings I've ever had the pleasure to listen to.
Rob Inglis actually sings the songs!
Yes, especially the first time Rob actually sang one of the songs.
Even after the blockbuster movies I'm still tempted to get Rob Inglis's readings of LOTR.