I have read the hobbit a few times; I just started the audiobook version for the first time. it's great! I know the story so I can recommend it already. I've listened to enough to say that the voice performance is well done, so I can easily recommend the audiobook. a small annoyance I found I will remark on. there are a few cuts in the reading I've heard so far, they are distracting (one second and half second delays). a minor irritation from the overall solid reading. hope that is helpful to know. enjoy!
Yes. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the quality of the reading.
The reader's ability to change his voice to match the characters of the story. I am also glad it is a reading of the book, and not a dramatization of the story.
There and back again.
Rob Inglis was masterful in his reading of the book. He did a great job of changing his voice to match the characters. I am glad to have found an actual reading of the book instead of a dramatization.
I listen to many audible books, the hobbit was one I was looking forward to. I had read the hobbit in High School, and remembered enjoying it immensely. I did not find the Audio version to be that great. The narration and deliverance of the story was phenomenal, I found the story to be choppy and hard to follow. I found myself rewinding, almost as if it were abridged, like I missed something? The narration is worth the listen. I believe some books require much focus and must be read to be fully enjoyed, my opinion only. I was disappointed.
the riddles with gollum
It made me laugh every now and then. It had some good parts to listen to again.
The narrator captured the tone of this book perfectly. It's been my most enjoyable listen of any audiobook I've ever listened to.
First one. So far, so good...
Had read it before, long time ago, so I wasn't really surprised by anything. I just wanted a refresher.
I would say so, yes.
No. Like I said, I had read it before.
The narrator actually sings (or attempts to) all the songs in the book. I almost had to remove my headphones for those parts because it hurt my ears.
One of my favorites! I have listened to it several times.
Rob Inglis did an amazing job bringing this wonderful book to life. I love the books, the movies, everything Tolkien. What a joy to be able to listen to it during my long boring commute to work and enjoy it just as much, if not even more!
This audiobook was presented well. If the few sections of singing that were horrendous were removed I would recommend it without reservation
The songs, which are quite enjoyable to read (and even done well in the recent movie) were completely unbearable in this reading.
I like tolkien, but sometimes he is just hard to read and get through, it can sometimes be tedious even if a great story. The audio book changes that, none of it seemed tedious it just flowed through where and when reading I struggled with it and flipped pages to get through parts. Perhaps it is the narrator, but it really changed the way I look at book whose story I have always loved, but hated drudging through.
Yes I would. Rob Inglis doesn't just read the book to you, he performs it much like an eager parent would read a Dr. Seuss book or other children's book to a child. It fits "The Hobbit" perfectly.
It's down-to-earth fairy tale tone. Having never read Tolkien before, I mistook The Hobbit for some kind of Epic Fantasy tale like A Song of Ice and Fire or the Eye of the World series--dark, adult, and morally ambiguous. "The Hobbit" has more in common with "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", "Little House in the Big Woods", or even "Alice in Wonderland" in terms of tone and imagination. It's a serious book, and it's a book for kids, but it respects the reader's intelligence and their curiosity.
I cannot doubt that every moment with Smaug was fun. I love how underwhelming his death is. He flies out to Lake Town, and they kill him with an arrow to the dent in his scales: The End. I cannot wait to see how Jackson bumbles over that detail.
Honestly though, the end where Bilbo steals the Arken Stone and takes it to the Wood Elves really touched me, and I love the ideas it teaches about "compromising".
"The Hobbit, or There and Back Again" the Tale that changed the world
Having familiarized myself with the source material, I don't really like the two existing Jackson adaptations, and found a new respect for Rankin and Bass' animated film. Weird because it always came off as too silly, but so does this book. I think everybody owes it to themselves to read (or listen to) "The Hobbit".
I would say that this audiobook is easily one of my favorites. As I have listened to well over 100 audiobooks, probably more than 200, I am not sure where to place this one. It should certainly rank within the top 20 or 30.
My favorite interaction in the book was between Bilbo and Gollum, in pitch black darkness, beneath the goblin cave. That was one aspect of the scene that could not be conventionally conveyed in the film. It was in complete inky blackness.
Inglis manages to make each character distinguishable without getting in the way of the story. It has been a while since I've given this audiobook a listen, and what I remember of the characters are the voices that my own imagination has assigned them. That is the mark of a proper narrator.
There was nothing particularly moving, but I was surprised as to how the characters were more driven by looting their ancient stronghold than they were in retaking it.
This is a good audiobook, but it does feel much simpler and a almost a little childish when compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.