Just a masterpiece of a book. Truly one of my favorite of all time. The reader did a very good job as well. Story never gets old no matter how many times I read of listen to it.
I'm interested in audio as art form -- always in search of the memorable literary listening experience.
The performance of this book lifts it from story to legend. The world of Tolkien come to life through the narration, including the wonderful singing of the songs. So much better than I imagined for myself.
Surprisingly complex political situations and characters that aren't just pure good. There's a lot of complexity for something that has been billed as a children's book. When I was younger, a lot of that complexity was lost on me.
Gollum was well done. I don't like how he gives the elves high pitched voices. JRR Tolkein himself regretted calling them "elves" since they got mixed up in people's minds with little pixie people, and not the beautiful, terrifying, mighty warrior race that they were intended to be. Inglis' reading of the elves makes them sound sprightly. That aside, all the voices are excellently differentiated. His accents and pitches are wondrous.
I'm not a fan of the singing. Most of it sounds too made up on the spot. I wish he'd just read the songs instead of singing them all, but they're easy enough to fast forward through. Overall, reading the the major Tolkein works is a monumental achievement, and Inglis leaves little to be desired. His reading of the Lord of the Rings trilogy is just as good.
The hobbit is one of the best books I have ever read! It is is simply an amazing adventure and a must read. The book has an amazing plot and is written in a narraters point of view.
I bought this book several years ago after the Lord of the Rings movies. I never read those but have heard so much great things about the books. Anyways was unable to sit down long enough to read the Hobbit after buying it do to my work schedule. I got about 3/4 of the way through it and decided to give this a try. The reading of the story and the different voices though can still hear his voice in the was enough to give each character their own presence. If you don't have time to sit down and read the book this is a great alternative way off getting through the book. I joined to give this a try so got the book on credit. I may find it hard to pay the price for the book or any for that matter. If you are a member and don't mind the pricing I highly recommend the book. The story its self is worth it. The story that no matter your size or type of person you are when put to the test you might even surprise yourself. I know that is not what everyone gets from this story, but it is one of the things I get from this book. Enjoy the read or at least the listen.