Rob Inglis as always does a fantastic job on this classic Tolkien work
It stands alone.
The battle of five armies
When Thorin and the other dwarfs leave the mountain to join in the battle of Five armies.
A must listen to book for anyone who has enjoyed The Lord of the Rings, or any fan of Tolkien.
I highly recommend the purchase of The Hobbit. This is an excellent version of a high-fantasy classic which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by those who frequent Middle-Earth as well as newcomers to Tolkien (if such a person actualy exists). I had previously purchased the BBC radio version for my son, but thought I would give this single-reader edition a try. I am thrilled to report that it was well worth the price. The reader, Rob Inglis, gives an outstanding performance. It is always clear which individual is speaking, which is tricky for a book with so many characters involved in a highly detailed storyline. I was immediately swept away on Bilbo's great adventure, and enjoyed every minute of the story, even though I can practically recite along. Now I plan to purchase the LOTR audiobooks as read by Inglis. I am certain to listen to them over and over again.
Rob Inglis does an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, and there is much material for him to work with. I am always struck by how deep and complex the Hobbit is every time I revisit it, even if the focus is more towards a younger audience than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You can see a real arc in the characters' personalities, and it provides a perfect background for the following books.
A single bump (and this is true for all of the Tolkein books read by Inglis) is the fact that Inglis sings all of the songs in the book in their entirety, with hit-or-miss results. This is more Tolkein's fault than Inglis', because you just can't avoid them in an audiobook, and Inglis is a reader, not a composer. The songs in the Hobbit are more silly than the ponderous Anglo-Saxon poetry in the LotR, and you can't miss it by the third verse. But that is a very small ding to an otherwise fantastic book and an excellent reader.
I enjoyed remembering reading this back in high school and how great a story this is.
I have been waiting for the unabridged reading for some time.
I think I will be trying to listen to this every year.
Great story only thing I would change is the singing of the narrator. I think the singing might be better served by different types of voices for the different races. I do not think elves should sound like dwarfs when they sing. I was a good effort but kind of took me out of the story.
Rob Inglis does an amazing performance.
It's hard not to compare every character's voice and performance etc. w/those in the Peter Jackson films, but even then Rob Inglis still manages to hold his own against them—and this was decades before the story became as famous as it is now.
Gandalf - his powers and full story have always been a mystery and are quite interesting.
British Slow So-so
Actually - after reading this a second time I realize how annoying dwarves are, which makes Bilbo the Hobbit all the more likeable.
Great story and good performance. I could hear Rob Inglis breathing quite a bit which was distracting at times.
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The Book (Story) itself is beyond reproach. The performance is extremely good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world.
I really enjoy the narrator character of this story. The book is set up as somebody telling you the story, and the narrator often adds funny little side comments throughout. This keeps the story fun and engaging.
The dwarves first coming, uninvited to Bilbo's hobbit hole makes me laugh every time, regardless of how many times I've read it!
Bilbo and Thorin reconciling at the end of the story is a very moving scene.
Great book, and a wonderful reading! Rob Inglis adds so much to the story, and really makes it come alive.
I will listen to parts of this book as the movie comes out to remind myself of the plot and characters.
Rob is a very talented narrator.
This is the 2nd time I've listened to this book and I really enjoyed it as much if not more this time around. Rob Inglis does a good job with the various voices.