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.
The story is what you expect from Tolkien. Well written with some poetry added in. The narrator was pretty good.
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.
This book was my first experience with an audible and a recorded book. I received a subscription as a Christmas gift and choose The Hobbit, given that the movie was coming out. I have read The Hobbit at least 4 times prior over the years but absolutely loved listening to Rob Inglis bringing it to life. I must say that as much as I liked the movie, despite all its changes, I loved listening to the book more.
You can’t go wrong with unabridged Tolkien. Inglis gave a superb performance. I was entertained from beginning to end.
Growing up, I remember reading this story by my bedside and falling in love with the Shire. The way all of the food is described during the unexpected party always made me rush to the kitchen to find a nice cake to enjoy while reading! In this audio book, that feeling and the entire story is not only fully captured and re-mastered, I could not stop listening to it! The voice actor does an absolutely tremendous job with each character, and you feel like you are on the journey with Gandalf, the Dwarves, and of course Bilbo Baggins. I especially enjoyed hearing all of the songs that were written in the books, sung with real emotion and in tune.
I know the story well, and my favorite part of the story is definitely any and all of Bilbo's heroics. Both the mental heroics against Gollum's riddles, and the physical heroics against the Spiders and Goblins. Bilbo Baggins is a truly remarkable and honorable hobbitses.
The Barrel ride!!
The story always leaves me with a sense of understanding what really matters in life. The life and values of Hobbits, although relatively modest, are lives we should all aspire to lead.
A must buy.
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The narrator's English accent was a must for a book written by an Englishman in my opinion. My son loved the different voices the narrator used for the characters and the little ad lib belching of Smaug when talking about eating dwarfs.
Hmmm, I think my son liked the fat dwarf Bombur the best and he mentioned Beorn a few times too. I think he liked Beorn because of his mysterious ability to become a bear. He's definitely a Smeagol fan from watching the LOTR movies. My favorite was Bilbo because he's such a keen burglar and unique in the story.
I have a few. The one when the troupe comes to Carrock and stays overnight (Queer Lodgings); the climbing of the trees to get away from the wargs and goblins (Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire) ; the escaping the elves (Barrels Out of Bond); and Bilbo's conversation with Smaug was amusing (Inside Information).
No, absolutely not. It is a journey not meant to be taken in all in one sitting.
I never read this as child and am thrilled to have read it with my seven year old son. We started off by me reading the story to him as I was trying to find an audio version of the book so we could follow along in our illustrated hardcover. I recommend reading it with your children. It's something you can share forever.