I was so happy to see that an unabridged version of The Hobbit had been listed by Audible. I hadn't read (or listened) to the book since my adult children were little. While, of course, the story was still great, I have to say that Rob Inglis' performance was fantastic. He brought the various and many characters to life with his different vocalizations and narrative style. All in all, this listen was great experience. I can't wait until I have time to tackle the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
What can I say about this book that hasn't been said already? I would simply like to say that I am excited this book has moved out of the realm of stage-play and into the beauty of a true audiobook! FINALLY!!
The book is delightful and the reader is perfect. Inglis also performs the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I had heard him before. Fantastic. Someone has even composed melodies for the many songs of Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, and even Goblins--and Inglis sings them charmingly. The only problem--I didn't want it to end. Completely entertaining and memorable.
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I had the old CD version of the Hobbit and nearly wore it out listening to it. I was a bit disappointed by this new version, I don't care for some of the character interpretation or voices, but that's probably because I am accustomed to different ones. The story doesn't change however. The main thing that I do not like in this audio book vs. a reading book is the singing of all the songs. While the narrator has a good singing voice, I don't think that the dwarves and hobbit would have such a cultured singing voice. I find myself wanting to skip forward over the songs. Overall, I believe that most listeners would enjoy this book.
No, not better, just different. It's nice to hear the story and all the voices that make it all it is.
That is a hard choice, mainly because Gollum is insightful and very entertaining, but Bilbo is, too, as is Gandalf, but for different reasons.
I can't really say that there was anyone that stood out because of Rob's performance. All were played believably and well.
the film has been made....
This is a re-re-re-read for me. Tolkien is that readable.
The narrator was superb!
The transition of Bilbo from a quiet, passive being to one of decisivness and courage.
He has a wonderful way of bringing each character to life with his different voices. He is a really good reader with a wonderful voice.
I first read this book during my high school years. I loved this book then and after listening to the audible version just recently, I still love it! The book is one of my favourites!
I wanted to reread the book now before the movie is released next month. There were a few details I wanted to remember more clearly. I thouroughly enjoyed listening to the narrator, Bob Inglis. He has a way of making each character sound distinct from all the others and does it very well.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read it before, anyone who has never read it and anyone who likes classic fantasy. This book is timeless! So go grab a copy and turn off all phones!
I LOVED hearing the book read by this wonderful narrator! I have read The Hobbit countless times after my 4th-grade teacher read an excerpt out loud (over 40 years ago,) one of my all-time favorite books.
Brilliant! Acted, not read, the story & characters. Beautiful enunciation, didn't miss a word.
Married (1975), Vietnam-era (not in-country) vet (USN Retired), 4 sons, 11 grandkids, love riding my Harley.
Excellent rendition of an old classic that just about everyone was required to read in school. The adventures of Bilbo Baggins, although not as exciting as his nephew Frodo (in Lord of the Rings trilogy) were quite spellbinding and made it very hard to turn off the player to accomplish things... like sleeping, eating...etc. Anxiously awaiting the release of the movie this winter.
This was a disappointment. I recall loving this story as a nine and ten year old. It was magical!
Listening as an adult, it had lost its magic. The adventure not that adventurous and the characters too simple and not complex.
I truly regret buying this, as I feel I lost a bit of magic.
Been lost, been broken, been found, been Forgiven, been saved by Christ.
really good story
the foundation that it laid down for the Lord of the Ring books.
Gandalf the Gray
The Death of Thorin.
I could have done with out the singing.