It is just so classically written. Good and evil. The little guy wins. No pun intended.
Works by C.S. Lewis. It is a little too simple to be compared directly to The Lord of the Rings series even though they happen in the same world and have some of the same characters.
I haven't heard his other works but he does a great job. The songs aren't my favorite, but that is just my preference.
No. I split this up over a few weeks because the theme can get old sometimes.
While I have always been disappointed that Tolkien chose to write this tale as a children's story, I bow to its elegant simplicity of plot and complex development of background and character. We see the seed of the greatest adventure trilogy in English planted and flourish. What is really impressive, however, is Rob Englis' narration which catches every nuance of mood and shade of personality. A phenomenal execution!
So many details to recall.
Lord of the rings; it's the prequel.
The rhymes, singing and riddles were spoken with great excitement
I would listen to The Hobbit again. The sweeping settings are mesmerizing, and the irresistible gallery of characters make you wish you could listen to it all in one setting.
I bought the kindle book because it took forever for the narrator to get into the story. The narrator's style was too slow for me, sort of like listening to an "Ent". I found my attention wandering so I bought the book which I enjoyed very much, like meeting an old friend after a long separation because I was reading it for the second time. The first was when I was 12 years old.
Love the Tolkien stories and LOVED the Hobbit.. Listened to this in the car everyday to and from work and made my trip something to look forward to!
After seeing the Hobbit movie, I was left with the unsettling feeling something was missing. As soon as Inglis began reading, I remembered what it was: The Hobbit has a sweetness and optimism. It's really not the first book of Lord of the Rings, a much darker and more serious tale. The very lighthearted Hobbit stands on its own, and Bilbo's main contribution is his buoyant spirit. The plot of the Hobbit is not particularly important -- again, unlike LOTR -- but the storytelling is great. And the greatest of these pleasures is Inglis's beautiful singing of the songs. Whether it's an elf ballad or a goblin taunt, the songs are the best part of this audio book. Highly recommended, especially if like me you hadn't read the Hobbit in many years.
This audiobook was one of the best I've listened to up until now.
The reader kept the story moving and was very entertaining.
He did the character voices very well.
My family listened to this on long car drives during a recent trip and it was very engaging for my 10 year-old son. He wanted to listen to it every moment we were in the car!
I decided to revisit the original story before seeing the movie. Didn't have time to read it so I got the Audio version for my commute. Great fun! I haven't read it since I was 14 so it was great to see it holds up even for the jaded adult.
My grandson has my old Kindle so I loaded it on to his Kindle (he is 9) for him to listen. He loved it and has listened to it over playing games or watching videos.
Great fun story beautifully told!
I recommend this version over the dramatic readings that have been abridged.
Excellent Exciting Adventure
Inglis is absolutely amazing, he uses unique but not distracting voices for the characters and does an excellent job with the pronunciation of Elvish and Dwarvish words. He brings the songs to life and the performance overall is outstanding.
Definitely recommend seeing the movie before reading/listening to the book. In my opinion, if you already know the story, the movie will just be frustrating.