I have to admit, I am an avid science fiction/fantasy reader but had never read the Hobbit. I am going to get massacred by many for saying that this story was a little boring and slow. Unfortunately this book might have been a victim of over-hype for me. I think I had heard so may great things about the book and how it was one of the best ever written in the genre, my expectations might have been a bit too high.
On a good note... the narrator of this book was great. If nothing else he made the book more enjoyable.
I listened to this ahead of the release of the first movie, since it had been decades since I read it and I barely remembered anything. The story was charming and clever and I really enjoyed it. The narrator didn't really work for me. The character voices were not at all what I imagined and I never got used to it. That is a personal issue, however, and I'm sure many listeners would appreciate the narration. In any case, I tolerated it and was happy to have an unabridged version to listen to.
Narrator was very effective at maintaining energy and portraying individual characters as individuals. Very well done.
It was really good, I wouldn't say it was better then the printed version. But the narrator did a fantastic job at bringing the characters to life.
Lord of the Rings and/or Harry Potter because they have common elements int their stories.
Bilbo, or maybe Gandalf.
Yes - the reader does an excellent job in playing each of the characters and really does well in giving them voices of their own.
I will say this...i am not the target audience for this book namely because i have not read the Lord of the Rings book series. I have, however, seen all of the movies and loved them immensely. I decided that it might make sense, given the new "TRILOGY" based on this one book, to read it first and have an informed position on the subject matter for a change.
My issue is that i am mentally thinking about the tone and "vibe" from themovie series i have already watched and, pulling that into this book reading. BIG BIG MISTAKE! I say this because, if there are any other out there who, like me, think it might be a lot easier to digest one book now than "catch up" by reading the LOTR trilogy and this will find that there are MAJOR differences (which, i know, are to be expected in adaptations).
the biggest IMO is all of the SINGING?! I had to literally have a friend of mine, who is a massive Tolkein fan, explain this to me. He would remind me time and again "Bilbo came first...Bilbo went on a journey and Frodo was out fulfilling his destiny...they are not the same tonally...everything went bad AFTER Bilbo." He had to tell me this because, as i am listening to the story, we gat to these major climatic moments where there is high tension and just when you would almost expect a dark turn (ala LOTR), there is SINGING?!?!
Beyond that (which, as i understand it IS everywhere in the LOTR series as well), i found the sotry to be decent, but not great. a band of dwarves and a hobbit stumble onto numerous perils in attempts to help the lead dwarf restore his reign over a territory beseiged by a dragon.
It was cute but a) NOT worthy of three 3hour movies b) NOT the same as the tone of the LOTR series and c) Bilbo came first! Its likda like The Wizard of Oz and Snow White wrapped into a world created by Tolkein.
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I would say that this book takes me out of myself and brings me into an adventure.
Definitely the riddles were memorable, but the end of the book was so poignant, and deep with wisdom.
Rob Inglis's recordings of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is the best audio book in the market I think. It literally changed my life.
It made me cry at the end of the book.
The book itself - it is a good story.
Lord of the Rings, of course. This is a good book, although it does not grab my attention as well as the trilogy.
A little faster cadence. His voice on the songs bothered me, but I think that is more related to the story and length of songs, rather than anything on the narrator's part.
No, it is more of an adventure novel, and I certainly was not looking for inspiration or emotional connection.
yes, I read it just to get it in before the movie came out... so should you!
he did an awesome job over all.
A great read/listen. Inglis' voice does the book justice.
The Hobbit ranks highly among all the audiobooks I've listened to thus far.
I loved the sense of adventure the story brought. It also had fully realized characters that you cared about.
Rob brings a terrific voice to the story that is unparalleled. He brings each character to life with his voice. Each character feels distinct from one another.
My favorite part was the riddles with Gollum. Creepy and excellent.
Yes. Nice way to escape into a fantasy world.
The Harry Potter series narrated by Jim Dale. The stories are unique and wonderful but the narration brings them to life.
The voices were good, but the extra special aspect for me was his singing of the old dwarf and elf songs. Such a nice surprise!