This is the first Audible.com book I've ever listened to, so it's also the best ever.
This unabridged version is long, and if you are a Tolkien fan, you'll love that. But it took me literally weeks to listen to the whole thing. So if you're looking for a quicker experience, you might want to look for an abridged version.
The narrator has a great voice, perfectly suitable to the material.
After a few hours of listening, I grew a little tired of how Rob Inglis tried to give each character a different voice. It sounds great, but it was inconsistent and a little distracting. I think I would have more enjoyed it if it were all read "straight".
The Hobbit is a great story. It is exciting and fun. It is great for the whole family. If you are looking for a fantasy adventure get the Hobbit.
This is a beloved classic that serves as the basis for some of today's fantasy
Where Bilbo finds the ring and outsmarts Gollum
I have heard several audio versions of the Hobbit from an abridged one for kids to a BBC version with some accents so thick it was hard to understand in places. This version is nicely done: clear, lots of expression, and easily distinguishable characters. The only drawback is the author speaks quite quickly. This was easily remedied by choosing a slower reading speed on my kindle.
Rob Inglis deserves some major awards for his reading of this book. In addition to the Hobbit itself being even better than I remember (I last read it thirty years ago), Inglis's performance is thrilling. He is the *perfect* narrator for the Hobbit. As soon as I finished it I picked up the full Lord of the Rings audiobook series narrated by Inglis as well because I already know they're going to be great.
If you are not yet an Audible.com member, this is enough incentive to get you started. The reading by Rob Inglish is as magical and intriguing as the story itself.
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
This is a well known novel, but it was my first introduction to the story of the hobbit. We were planning on going to the theatrical version of the story (currently in theatres) and I just wanted an idea of what the story was like before heading to the movie. That being said, I thought the story was okay, but not as fast paced as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I found that I was day dreaming during parts of the book and didn't really end up missing much. But the narrator, Rob Inglis, was very good. Even though this wasn't my favorite book, I'd say it's worth your credit. Interesting story & good narration... it just drags a little.
Probably not. For being a shorter audio book, it seemed to drag.
Speed it up!
He did a great job voicing the characters and expressing their emotions.
A seemingly "nobody" is chosen to go on a journey. He becomes the invaluable piece of the group. In the end, he is not the same person as when he started out on this journey. He becomes a hero and his life is changed.
I liked the transformation of Bilbo from a coward into a hero.
I loved is use of different voices for each character and his singing of the songs.
Yes, the story was fantastic and presenter perfect for the story
That it was really like I child's fable for adults
Absolutely brilliant presentation...
Fantasy book review
My husband and I listen to audio books while driving across the desert, which is something we do often to visit family. We were only able to listen to about an hour of this story before I had to stop. The narration was so dull that I couldnt focus on the story. We had to continue to rewind it to find what was said.
Love the story, plus the movie is coming out, and we wanted to catch up on the story.
Already has the follow up books it needs
I really like the story, and wish that the audio was better!