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!
The best part of the story is the adventure you can imagine your self in. Great story line.
When bilbo baggins gives up a very important stone in order to try and regain peace
Rob differently makes the story more interesting with his ability to bring in very distinct character voices.
Already a film.
Reading, or listening its a great story.
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
Look, I know this is blasphemy, but I really can't stand J.R.R. Tolkien's writing. His imagination is unsurpassed, but his execution is poor, and anything but timeless.
Tolkien is unable to capitalize on the drama inherent in his story. It is a miracle that Peter Jackson was able to see the potential in this story and Lord of the Rings and turn them into the exciting, mature epics.
Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' feels undercooked, tame, and frankly, far too cute for the weighty subject matter within. Also, I find Tolkien's frequent forays into song-writing to be annoying and detracting to the narrative.
Also Tolkien's tale has far too many creatures speaking (spiders and birds speak perfect english, apparently). It has too many loose ends (the necromancer? did I fall asleep through the part where he plays any part?) . It has inconsistencies: The One Ring seems to have none of the seductive power that defines it in the Lord of the Rings.
Finally, I'm annoyed by Tolkien's Eagles which are his own personal deus ex machina.
In short: Good idea-- horrible exploration of that idea- terrible execution of that idea.
Skip it and wait for Peter Jackson to bring the story to life.
Yes, this is a wonderful story that I find new elements in each time I listen or read it.
No, I have read this and listen too it at times when I am looking for a quiet and reflective mood.