I haven't even finished this one and I can't wait to start the next. I am enthralled with this unabridged version. And Rob Inglis' narration is delicious indeed! The story springs to life with the various characters as Mr. Inglis deftly changes inflection and tone, giving each character a unique "voice".
The story itself is Tolkien at his best. Full of mystery and humor, daring-do and lots of twists. It will keep everyone enthralled!
Delightful in every way! A must listen for all! (Not just us Hobbits!)
I have waited along time for Audible to come out wtih a version of this book i thought i would like. And i loved it. The Narrator was great. He did a good job on all the different charecters.
In fact i like it so much i've listend to it three times already. And now i'm gettin Book one in the Two Towers. Thanks Audible.
He really did a good job on all the different Charecters. There is alot of them in this book and he really did a good job.
At the end when Bilbo finally got home.
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If you have not read The Hobbit, then you will likely really enjoy this unabridged version. The Hobbit is a true classic which is worth re-reading. Having an unabridged version of The Hobbit on Audible is a wonderful thing. The story is wonderful and the narration is good. I have read and listened to The Hobbit many times, and this is a good solid version. I really liked another version, the NPR/The Mind’s Eye abridged dramatization. I bought that version decades ago (the 70’s!), it was abridged, but the dramatization was really excellent. As I listened to this version the narration could not compete with the Mind’s Eye dramatization. I also recalled several abridgements in the Minds Eye version that were included in this version. For me, having both versions is the best of both worlds. I did not much like the songs in this version, while the songs in the Mind’s Eye production are haunting and wonderful. I wish there was a version that was both unabridged and as excellent as the Mind’s Eye dramatization, but lacking that, having both versions is really nice.
I'm glad to finally get the chance to hear Tolkien's own words, in its entirety. For what has become such an Epic of literature, I find the first of the series a cleverly contained little tale... I always find a novelists First Book interesting in the usual writing of it with the possibility that the One book itsself may ultimately have to stand alone. It is Intriguing for me to hear the book pass Through so much of the Greater World from a singlularly contained perspective. The View of Middle Earth from a single person within its so much greater narrative... as Gandalf so cleverly aludes to.
As many of Tolkien's fans may agree, I enjoy all of the Descriptions of Speciffics of various places, objects, and species. For what goes on to be such a vast universe, I take real pleasure in getting clear-cut Speciffic descriptions 'Streight from the Horse's Mouth' so to speak. These are the gritty facts of brick which build his universe, and I find each fascinating.
English... and well defined. I smile at a few times Bilbo speciffically is given a certain English Coloquial tone, which I would think not far from the way Tolkien himself Heard the voices. and Despite the variety of flowery language and different voices, I seldom found myself struggling to hear the text... appart from the singing, which I'll discuss later...
I fould the book to be one that had FEW Easy Stopping Points...
Despite the length, I can only remember a couple of times where the Narrator actually bothers to SAY "Chapter 3:"... because of this, I tended to read On and On without a clear idea of where I COULD stop - since the actions melt into eachother too much to stop hardly.
That being said, I certainly Wanted to keep reading... but there's always those points when you HAVE to go to sleep, or work, or something... sadly.
I am a big fan of the Animated Version I've known for So Long and therefore, my main object for comparrison Must be that. And, in terms of Total Storytelling, this is the better version. Fact Is, the film leaves out much of the story, However...
In terms of Tolkien's Use of SONG, I'm afraid I am a die hard LOVER of the film's Songs.
I therefore Did Not Like the Singing portions of this copy.
I understand Tolkien often included lyrics, and that he often Described the singing... but I would MUCH have Prefered the Narrator to SIMPLY SPEAK the lyrics and not attempt to Sing them all the time. Not only does One Voice singing for a Multitude Not capture the true sound, but the Same Voice singing for Elves, trolls, Goblins, and Dragons simply Fails to Carry the song in an effective way to my ears.
Moreover, It is not my knowledge that Tolkien actually Includes the 'tune' behind each song to be sung in a way that could be Realistically Reproduced... which leaves me listening to a Single guy makeup a tune singing a song which I Only Really Care about in lyric form...
Especially in my case, where I've already gotten affectionate for Distinctly Different Variations. Sadly, this turned the songs into late night karaoke for me to try and hear Through to the underlying words instead of the deeply more descriptive nature in the Structure and Content of the songs which I feel was Tolkien's Real Intent.
I'm soooo excited to finally have the unabridged version of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings available in this format!
I have listened to this and the the following trilogy on CD at a relatives house when I was young. Now, after the movies have come and gone, I have joined Audible and have waited impatiently for one of the greatest, genre defining epics of all time to become available for North American customers. Well, my North American friends, the wait is finally over!
This is a story that has stood the test of time, and has encouraged imaginations around the world for many years. I can not wait to go there and back again one more time. Even if you have read or listened to this story before, one credit is a small price to pay for this amazing story and its successors.
I have listened to the Recorded Books versions of all of the Tolkien books on Disc. And I have read the books. I am so happy that I have them with me and listen any time. I have hoped for a long time that they would eventually be on audible. Now the only thing that would make my life complete is audible Harry Potter Books.
So many books, so little time...
I love this story, I only wish that someone else loved it as much.
Happy to see this available, but these recordings of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, etc are the Library editions that were created over 20 years ago. It is hard to believe that the publishers don't feel that they had enough NEW interest in the books to make new recordings. of the books, certainly the hundreds of millions of dollars made by the films would have warranted new recordings of the book.
That said, Bob Inglis did a great job on this book; It is sad that I had listened to this before.
If you have never heard the book I highly recommend it to you.
I'm so happy that they decided to do a decent audio book of The Hobbit and The Trilogy. Everything that was out was a dramatization and not up to snuff. I've physically read these books... well, I have no idea anymore how many times I've read it since childhood... Let's just say many times. Listening to it this time has been a new experience. I've gotten a lot out of it that I missed before.
I think part of the challenge has been to find someone with the fortitude to tackle the songs and languages that Tolkien created. Rob Inglis is certainly up to the task. He's great!
This series would be great for people who are not familiar with the books. For the people who are familiar with it, this will add a dimension to your understanding of it.