It was charming with occasional asides to the reader. It sometimes read a bit dry with lots of talk of this or that of their travels, and it was not helped much by the somewhat phlegmatic reading by the narrator. The author liked to pepper the story with songs sung by elves, hobbits, dwarves, men, etc. I never liked reading these songs in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when I was younger, and my opinion of them haven't changed much over the years.
He read well enough. He provided different voices for each of the characters to distinguish them from one another, but there was only so much he could do himself before the characters starting sounding alike, especially towards the end of the book. I disagreed with some of his voices (sounding too old, too squeaky, too high, too low) and interpretations but overall, not a bad listen. The voices were sometimes not very consistent, causing them to sometimes sound like a different character. He read at a steady pace without much change in tone. When a character shouted, his volume didn't change but the voice sometimes went a bit squeaky, which sounded a bit odd because there was no emotion behind it and felt at odds with what was going on in the story. I had to take my figurative hat off to him, though, for attempting to sing the songs. I do not know whether the music were his own; they were not very good. He was also not a singer. But he tried, at least, and it provided something different to his usual reading style.
I had some difficulty concentrating on the narration, which meant that I was utilizing the rewind button rather often. It was not a bad narration but I don't think I want to listen to The Lord of the Rings by the same narrator. A combination of Tolkien's works plus the narrator tends to make my mind wander and my ears to tune out.
I would recommend The Hobbit for anyone who enjoys the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The story is captivating and Rob Inglis brings the tale to life.
Bilbo Baggins is a favorite character. I can relate to the reluctant hero who prefers the comforts of home to the uncertainties of travelling into strange and distant lands.
Even though I have read The Hobbit before, I found that Rob Inglis brought a richness and depth to the story that my inner voice didn't produce.
The audio version makes the story very simple and clear. Maybe I thought it was complicated because I had to read it in middle school, but the audio book makes it easy to follow.
The Hobbit of course
Inglis' English accent adds to the tale that takes the story's hero over hill and dale. He sings the songs, so important to the story, with admirable voice. Children and early teens who have no background in British literature and culture would not be able to imagine the mood and tone of these songs. This makes the audio edition of The Hobbit better than the print version.
I compare Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to The Hobbit. They both involve the reluctant hero with a magical mentor, important friends, and lots of luck.
I would recommend it! It is a fantastic book. Great listen! Great story...great voice.
Buy it and see for yourself.
Just brilliant. The story of course, but the narration was exemplary! Songs are sung, names are said story is told. Just wonderful.
Our family drove 16 hours in the US pacific northwest over vacation. This book was so much more than a way to pass the time. It was an integral part of our vacation as we moved through fairy tale ferns, redwoods and waterscapes.
Yes - I particularly like the fact that the songs are song. So much better than reading words on a page
Clearly Bilbo. He is just full of surprises.