This was another splurge purchase when it popped up as a Daily Special. I'm glad I bought it. It's been many a decade since I read this book, and I forgot how good a story it is. Of course, it is a child's tale, but it is entertaining nonetheless.
What made this really special, however, was the narration. I loved it! I do think, however, that this narrator will either be loved or hated by the listener, so be forewarned!
If you'd like a trip down memory lane, pick this one up and give it a listen. You`ll be glad you did.
This book is more of a children's story than Lord of the Rings, which appeals to me more. That probably says something about me. That being said when making one's way through this story one can tell that Tolkien had some feelings about war, and conflict from his personal life. This is just one of those classic "must reads" when it comes right down to it. The narration in this version is great. Rob Inglis is really a bunch of fun to listen to.
Todd W. Brown
It is interesting to revisit a classic that you read in your youth. To revisit this story, it is easy to see how much of a foundation for ALL fantasy stories this one title is and will always be.
In a day where so few of our younger people read, I feel sad that they miss creating the images n their own mind as this story unscrolls. While the movies are now leaps and bounds ahead of the animated version we saw as kids and were so enthralled by, there is still no substitute for reading it (or listening to it) for yourself.
After having watched the film, I finally broke down and listened to The Hobbit. I have read the LOTR trilogy, and I have tried to read The Hobbit before, but I just couldn't get into it. Listening to it made the experience enjoyable. I finally found myself being engrossed by the tale.
LOTR, of course
I liked that the thunder battle and the stone giants turned out to be a part of the book!
It's already a film!
At first, I found the narrator's Thorin and Gandalf voices to be very annoying. I almost stopped listening because I disliked the way he did these two characters' voices. However, after giving it enough time, I became accustomed to it.
This is one of my favorite stories of all time. I had a wonderfully narrated copy as a kid that was unfortunately abridged. That narrator did amazing things with voices so it was hard to find an unabridged copy I liked as an adult. This narrator did a good job with the voices and made the story enjoyable to listen to with my family. My only objection to his performance is to how he handled the MANY songs that Tolkien included in this story. He sang them like a drunk at a renaissance faire. I think he would have done better to perform them like poetry.
This is one of the best stories every written. I've read it, I've watched movies of, I've listened to adaptaions and to the unabridged versions.
It is among one of the best books for it's story and it's ability to tie everything together.
I loved his voice as Gandalf.
This book made me nostalgic. I remember the first time I read it.
I ordered this audio book because I had a project on the Hobbit for my Children's Literature class this semester. Though I've already read the book several times, I wanted to experience Tolkien's novel in a new way, one that a child might be able to relate to. I was not disappointed by this audio book. Rob Inglis is a gem of a narrator and Tolkien's narrative is just as enjoyable as ever. I haven't listened to the dramatized version of The Hobbit, but I'm happy with my purchase.
I've only heard him in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Rings. I plan to listen to The Two Towers and The Return of the King as well.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
I wasn't a big reader until about 12 when I was asked to read this. Been reading book after book ever since. This has everything. It's fun in parts, dark in parts, good character development, etc. Storytelling at its finest.
I live in the great Pacific Northwest! :-)
What is not to love about the Hobbit! The story is incredible and Rob Inglis, the narrator, does an amazing job reading. This is a book you can listen to that will take you away!