The narrator is horrible!!! He tries to change voice to fit characters. First of all - too many characters. Second - he only offers annoying or more annoying. Oh the singing!!!! Dogs will howl!!! The made up songs.....there are no words. As you listen to the narrator - between his voices and songs, you hear him swallow and taking breaths. He'll stop in places, almost like he has to figure out the word or turn the page. I've read the book myself, many years ago. I loved it! But, this version is terrible. Trying to listen to it is annoying. You really can't believe you wasted a minute of your life being so annoyed.
I read this book about 20 years ago and it was surprising to me how well it has held up over time. Bilbo's adventures were very entertaining and Tolkien has great pacing. He has great detail but doesn't lard his pages with detail for the sake of giving detail.
It's been a long time since I've read the book, middle school if I remember correctly. But it's a classic story and one that deserves rereading now and then. I really enjoyed this performance, Rob does a great job with all the different voices, the singing, and the cadence is excellent.
Great classic story. Very good narration. Good singing voice for the elves and the dwarfs. I like the Golum voice he did too - not annoying like in the original narration.
A great read. A long book, but the author is very capable in descriptions of characters and places visited. Second time through, and definitely got more out of the story than the first read.
... The songs are painful and must be endured. My kids loved the story. They heard it as it should be heard, with a proper British accent.