among the best ever.
other JRR Tolkien, of course.
perfect as usual--I love listening to him!
several times I both laughed out loud and cried. Engaging drama!!!
Absolutely love the story, as I love all of Tolkien's books. The narrator's performance completely killed it for me, though. I could barely stand to listen to it and in fact, have not finished listening for that very reason. Sad but true. Please, please find a different narrator and I might give listening another go.
Absolutely. It is so deeply engrossing and read in such an engaging manner.
The seeming incompetent Hobbit, learning there is more to him than he is even aware. He feels he's just a nice respectable Baggins who should just sit around and smoke his pipe and stay quiet and do nothing dangerous. It's nearly allegorical of the state of modern manhood. We're supposed to be good respectable and do just what those in the Shire expect of us (i.e. what society expects of us). BUT... that often includes forgetting we have a side that was meant to be adventurous... that was meant to be able to take up the sword and protect those closest to us... That we have a wild side (not wild in the negative sense, but wildly willing to leap to the challenges we must face and overcome by sheer force of our wildness). That Bilbo starts as a passive---for lack of the proper term---pansy, and he grows to a strong and capable character, always bring me comfort and a feeling that we too can throw off the shackles of a pansy-fied manhood and be something more like unto a hero. And, all that while keeping a civilized air about us. We don't have to be the dwarves with their gruffness. We can be the hobbit who remains a gentleman throughout, yet has not lost the wild inside.
If I could have... yes.
Worth the price any day of the week.
It has been over 30 years since I read this book. I am so glad I decided to revise it on audible. It is a great story and Rob Inglis is a wonderful job of narrating. It is a classic for a reason.
I loved hearing about Bilbo's adventures.
When the dragon died
He was able to perform each character differently. Even when there were songs, he sang them based on the character. Rob Inglis has a great vioce!
I enjoyed this book during my drives to and from work.
Now, I can watch the movie!!!
I work full time (3rd shift) and go to school full time for accounting. Without much time to sit down and just read a book but a 45-60 minute commute to and from work, I've just started seriously listening to audiobooks lately. They've been a lifesaver.
Classic fantasy story.
Not being a big fan of fantasy in general (after age 11 I struggled to come up with mental images of any of the stories, making them hard to get through) the obvious books to compare The Hobbit to would be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, I don't think that's fair being as it's the same author talking about further events in the same world. Instead, I will compare The Hobbit to the Harry Potter series. Not as far as storyline is concerned, certainy, but in the way the books are written. J.R.R. Tolkein created an entire universe for his books, including languages and histories for each of the races of the books. Rowling created a universe for Harry Potter as well. You know that you could go up to Thorin Oakenshield and hear all about the history of the dwarves or Lord Elrond and hear all about the elves. Similarly, I felt that I could have asked Griphook the goblin about the history of the goblins or Firenze and hear all about the centaur's in Rowling's universe.
Yes, I did. I love the story of The Hobbit and Rob Inglis did an amazing job.
This is a book with lots of songs written throughout. Rob is not the best singer, but what really bothered me was some of the songs that are depressing or mournful were sung to an upbeat melody. It didn't fit what was being said and I found it extremely distracting.
Rob Inglis, I have always loved all Tolkiens' stories but he made it so special, Bravo!
Rob Inglis has such an awesome way of telling the story without "reading" it to you. you become part of the story not just a listener. Im new to Audible and the other book I purchased I later returned because the narrator was just so Blah. I was encouraged to try a different narrator. I was lucky enough to find Rob Inglis.
I loved reading The Hobbit as a teen, but this is the second time I have listened to this version by Rob Inglis. He does a fantastic job and makes The Hobbit feel like it was alawys intended to be narrated.
The Hobbit is J.R.R. Tolkein's most accessible story -- it's quick, full of adventure, and a perfect introduction to the world of Middle Earth. If you've never read Tolkein before, you can't find a better introduction to his particular style of storytelling than The Hobbit. The story itself is enjoyable in any format, but the audiobook is easily my favorite. Rob Inglis does an incredible job bringing Middle Earth to life with his deep, gravelly inflection and his surprising talent for singing the many songs that fill the pages of this timeless story.
Naturally, the other books in the Lord of the Rings series fall in squarely behind The Hobbit, but the audiobook presentation is also very similar to A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). Rob Inglis has a similar reading style to Roy Dotrice, which is perfect for these stories. So if you enjoy the Game of Thrones audiobooks, you will enjoy this as well.
Although Inglis isn't as gifted with accents and unique characterizations as someone like Jim Dale, his reading is truly spot-on for voices from the Shire, Rivendell, Mirkwood and the Lonely Mountain. But without a doubt, the thing he brings to the story that you wouldn't experience without his reading is the songs. The Hobbit is full of rambling, half-rhyming ballads sung by dwarves, elves and even goblins -- and Inglis brings them to life in a very unexpected way. More than once I took my headphones off and found one of his sing-song tunes stuck in my head for the rest of the day.
According to IMDB: "From the smallest beginnings come the greatest legends."