This book was my first experience with an audible and a recorded book. I received a subscription as a Christmas gift and choose The Hobbit, given that the movie was coming out. I have read The Hobbit at least 4 times prior over the years but absolutely loved listening to Rob Inglis bringing it to life. I must say that as much as I liked the movie, despite all its changes, I loved listening to the book more.
Growing up, I remember reading this story by my bedside and falling in love with the Shire. The way all of the food is described during the unexpected party always made me rush to the kitchen to find a nice cake to enjoy while reading! In this audio book, that feeling and the entire story is not only fully captured and re-mastered, I could not stop listening to it! The voice actor does an absolutely tremendous job with each character, and you feel like you are on the journey with Gandalf, the Dwarves, and of course Bilbo Baggins. I especially enjoyed hearing all of the songs that were written in the books, sung with real emotion and in tune.
I know the story well, and my favorite part of the story is definitely any and all of Bilbo's heroics. Both the mental heroics against Gollum's riddles, and the physical heroics against the Spiders and Goblins. Bilbo Baggins is a truly remarkable and honorable hobbitses.
The Barrel ride!!
The story always leaves me with a sense of understanding what really matters in life. The life and values of Hobbits, although relatively modest, are lives we should all aspire to lead.
A must buy.
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The narrator's English accent was a must for a book written by an Englishman in my opinion. My son loved the different voices the narrator used for the characters and the little ad lib belching of Smaug when talking about eating dwarfs.
Hmmm, I think my son liked the fat dwarf Bombur the best and he mentioned Beorn a few times too. I think he liked Beorn because of his mysterious ability to become a bear. He's definitely a Smeagol fan from watching the LOTR movies. My favorite was Bilbo because he's such a keen burglar and unique in the story.
I have a few. The one when the troupe comes to Carrock and stays overnight (Queer Lodgings); the climbing of the trees to get away from the wargs and goblins (Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire) ; the escaping the elves (Barrels Out of Bond); and Bilbo's conversation with Smaug was amusing (Inside Information).
No, absolutely not. It is a journey not meant to be taken in all in one sitting.
I never read this as child and am thrilled to have read it with my seven year old son. We started off by me reading the story to him as I was trying to find an audio version of the book so we could follow along in our illustrated hardcover. I recommend reading it with your children. It's something you can share forever.
My husband began trying to read The Hobbit out loud to the kids and it is incredibly difficult. Instead we were all able to enjoy it during our roadtrip on Thanksgiving. Rob Inglis read this very difficult book in a way that conveyed the characters as accurately as the first time I read the book as a child.
A Day Late
The talent of the reader, skeptical at first, believer afterword spoken!
Lord of The Rings.
Character to the words.
"Listening with my other ear"
No, but I can't imagine anyone in the world doing a better job than he did on this book.
Enjoy the movie, then listen to the audiobook and let your imagination be opened to its fullest.
The movie is coming out in a couple of weeks, but the movie can't be any better than Mr. Inglis's reading.
Rite at the top, so far!!
The whole story is great!!
his reading of the story is great!!
Rob Inglis' masterful narration. Brilliant.
I can't even put into words how much he adds to the story.
This was my first, and I loved it.
I loved the description of battles.
A big journey by a little hobbit