Oh come on, like they could ever make a movie out of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. Am I right!? ...Wait. They did WHAT? And it made how much money? Really?
Rob Inglis does a fantastic job narrating this classic tale. He gives unique voices to many of the characters - his Gandalf, Smaug, and some of the dwarves and goblins are particularly memorable. Because of the carefree, whimsical narration, this audiobooks flows like a well told story, and less like someone simply reading a text aloud.
Oh yes, the story is amazing and the reader the best.
His reading brings the story to life.
That other readers would take lessons from Mr. Inglis.
Certainly in the top 10 and the series is one of the top 3. It's a great story and the narration is fabulous. So happy that it is finally on Audible as the CD's are about worn out.
Very well written story with a great level of character development and distinction from the reader. I enjoyed it from start to finish and would recommend it to anyone.
It's nice to hear the story come alive in an audio edition.
There is enough going on to keep the story moving
The first exchange between Smaug the Dragon and Bilbo Baggins
After reading The Lord of the Rings I see the scenes with Gollum and Bilbo differently.
Dramatized versions are great but there is nothing quite like the original story itself.
Of course, the story is a classic. However, the narration spoiled it for me. There were noticeable gaps in the dialogue. It didn't flow. Plus, the narrator kept switching accents and emphasis such that I couldn't tell which character he was trying to be at any given point.
No, I was confused a lot of the time. There were a lot of characters, but I kept thinking one of the dwarfs was speaking when it was supposed to be Bilbo.
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.