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.
Awesome, Clean, Adventure.
the hobbit can sometimes been long too read, but Rob Inglis makes it an absolute pleasure.
My favorite character performed by Rob Inglis was Gandalf.
It made me laugh and really feel the tension of the exciting points.
I am so glad that audible finally offers the only decent version of J.R.R.'s books. Thank you so much!
I am a one time English major, a lifelong reader, gardener, culinary experimenter, and fiber arts artisan. A perfect day for me is spent working with my hands while listening to an absorbing book. I love history and horticulture.
It's been about 40 years since I read the Hobbit in high school. In preparation for seeing the movie, I thought I would listen to the book, and enjoyed doing so. It's not quite as exciting as I remember, but that, I think is the result of my more recent familiarity with the Lord of the Rings movies, and the Harry Potter books and films. For someone who loves the English language and folklore, it is not to be missed. Hearing the songs sung, which I probably just skipped over, and the descriptions of landscapes and histories of the folk who people this tale are evocative of British roots and half forgotten history.
In terms of fiction, near the top.
Too hard to say.
Again, too hard to say.
Again -- just too hard to choose one.
Listening to it in its entirety was a treat, just as spellbinding and hard to put down as the book.
The story is very good, as most people are aware already. But this narrator it seems was born to tell it. Great voices, great narration, Inglis and Tolkien go together beautifully.
The Hobbit is my favorite.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, because I read both of them in 5th grade and have never forgotten the magic they made me feel.
Gandalf. Rob Inglis was a PERFECT Gandalf.
An excellent adventure!
I haven't read The Hobbit for over 20 years, but I remembered how much I loved the adventures Bilbo and the dwarves experienced on their quest. Listening to Rob Inglis read the story transported me back to my childhood with all of the thrills and chills I experienced then. A great performance!
Rob Inglis as always does a fantastic job on this classic Tolkien work
It stands alone.
The battle of five armies
When Thorin and the other dwarfs leave the mountain to join in the battle of Five armies.
A must listen to book for anyone who has enjoyed The Lord of the Rings, or any fan of Tolkien.
I highly recommend the purchase of The Hobbit. This is an excellent version of a high-fantasy classic which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by those who frequent Middle-Earth as well as newcomers to Tolkien (if such a person actualy exists). I had previously purchased the BBC radio version for my son, but thought I would give this single-reader edition a try. I am thrilled to report that it was well worth the price. The reader, Rob Inglis, gives an outstanding performance. It is always clear which individual is speaking, which is tricky for a book with so many characters involved in a highly detailed storyline. I was immediately swept away on Bilbo's great adventure, and enjoyed every minute of the story, even though I can practically recite along. Now I plan to purchase the LOTR audiobooks as read by Inglis. I am certain to listen to them over and over again.
Rob Inglis does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, and there is much material for him to work with. I am always struck by how deep and complex the Hobbit is every time I revisit it, even if the focus is more towards a younger audience than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You can see a real arc in the characters' personalities, and it provides a perfect background for the following books.
A single bump (and this is true for all of the Tolkein books read by Inglis) is the fact that Inglis sings all of the songs in the book in their entirety, with hit-or-miss results. This is more Tolkein's fault than Inglis', because you just can't avoid them in an audiobook, and Inglis is a reader, not a composer. The songs in the Hobbit are more silly than the ponderous Anglo-Saxon poetry in the LotR, and you can't miss it by the third verse. But that is a very small ding to an otherwise fantastic book and an excellent reader.
I enjoyed remembering reading this back in high school and how great a story this is.
I have been waiting for the unabridged reading for some time.
I think I will be trying to listen to this every year.
Great story only thing I would change is the singing of the narrator. I think the singing might be better served by different types of voices for the different races. I do not think elves should sound like dwarfs when they sing. I was a good effort but kind of took me out of the story.