I read all sorts of books from various non-fiction to YA fantasy. Love them all!
A couple of months ago I had the immense pleasure of listening to the Rob Inglis narrations of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. If you ever have the slightest wish to listen to these books, just do it. Inglis' voices are fantastic; he even sings the songs! It was a true delight.
A humble hobbit named Bilbo Baggins is unwillingly thrown into a "nasty adventure" when the wizard Gandalf thrusts himself into Bilbo's home, a troop of dwarves in his wake. Gandalf has misinformed the dwarves that Bilbo is a burglar - the dwarves want Bilbo to burgle a gigantic horde of treasure from the dragon Smaug, who had stolen the treasure (with their mountain kingdom) from the dwarves' ancestors decades before. This is a strange coming-of-age story, since the character is 50 years old already (which is youngish for a hobbit, but still firmly in the adult range). But as the story progresses, Bilbo recognizes that he is a brave hobbit, an adventuresome hobbit, and a very sneaky burglar.
The Hobbit was Tolkien's first major work about Middle Earth, and although it is an excellent book on its own, it is unfortunately overshadowed by his later work The Lord of the Rings. Although LOTR is a sequel to The Hobbit, these two books are very different styles. The Hobbit was intended for children, and therefore has a light-hearted, almost silly air to it.
Overall, this story was quite enjoyable, and I'm glad that I decided to "re-read" it as an adult. I got a lot more out of it this time around than I did when a child.
I've read The Hobbit 2 times prior, and it was a very enjoyable and entertaining experience to listen to this Audio Book. Highly recommend!
I love this audio book dearly. The story. The performance. There is somthing so special about this book in particular. Rob Inglis gives an outstanding performance that makes me believe that Tolkien himself could be reading it. This is my second time going through it and it nearly brings me to tears at the end. The joy I get from simply joining Bilbo and his friends on their journey across middle earth is hard to put to words. If you are considering listening to this audio book. Do it. You too may be a different person when you reach the journeys end.
As an idol for idiot worshippers, it behooves me to be as well-read as possible. But being an idiot I prefer to be read to.
With the amount of singing that happens in this story, the only way to really enjoy this story is to hear it read by someone. Rob inglis' performance is commendable.
Not only did he do the melody justice, he used the same melody, when the story mentioned that.
And with that I bid goodbye to Thorin and Fili and Kili and Balin and Dwalin and Oin and Gloin and Dori and Nori and Ori and Bifur and Bofur and Bombur, and of course Gandalf and Bilbo
The books I've listened to should tell you more than 111 characters ever could...
Rob Inglis makes a revisit to one of my favorite books from teenhood an absolute wonderful experience. Seldom is a narrator more enthusiastic as him. Voicing all the characters and singing all the songs in the appropriate voices too.
The narrator took my very hand and led me through adventure after adventure with Mr. Bilbo Baggins. Being a story I've read many times before, I never expected anything to be more fun than reading it quietly to myself. The narrator completely changed the experience for me, truly opening a whole new world of adventure for me as well. Long story short, it was great! Highly recommended for anyone with a hidden or not-so-hidden Tookish side to them!
Rob Inglis takes a wonderful story and makes it a full experience. From voices to song he brings you into the story.
Second place next to Jim Dale's Harry Potter reading, but they are very close. I've been listening to audio books sense they were still on casset tapes, and so I've listen to a lot. This is by far one of the best I've ever heard.
Its a classic. There are so many things to love. Just listen/read it.
I love listening to Beyons scene with a mug of hot tea, right before I fall asleep. It's so relaxing. Also, listening to Bilbo be a bad ass with the spiders is pretty cool too.
The end, when he comes back so changed for the better. And the opening paragraph. I've memorized Rob's exact way of saying it as I think its perfect.
Seriously, this is a classic audio book and book. Rob Inglis is a true artist and you need to hear all of his amazing voices and story painting. Its just incredible.
No matter how many times I read or listen to this book or see the movie, it never gets old. You won't be sorry with this story. Rob Inglis does a super job. Be ready to download the trilogy.