Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all - a treasure-troving dragon named Smaug.
In this fantasy classic, master storyteller J.R.R. Tolkein creates a bewitching world filled with delightful creatures and thrilling dangers. Narrator Rob Inglis will hold listeners of all ages spellbound with his skillful portrayal of hobbits, dwarves, and enchanted beasts.
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Told in a fashion that pulls the listener into the story
Not sure if I know of other Inglis performances but can say he is just right for telling the tale
The story is delightful and even knowing the outcome (a favorite read-again), felt great anticipation about what would come next
Was pleased to attend the newest movie and find the cinema interpretation enhanced the read
Its up there as my favorite so far
no comparision, its what other books in the fantasy genre strive to be.
So many, The dwarfs showing up at Bilbo's and the party that ensues, Bilbo and the Smaug meeting, the escape from the wood elves.
The narration is top notch! I loved his singing of the dwarven songs.
The casual style and pace contrast with the LOTR and makes this a great book for introducing fantasy genre to children and preteens.
Smaug the dragon of course.
He does a creditable job with the voices and pronunciations.
adventure, classic, overcoming
It's hard to compare Tolkien to other books, as his writings are often the inspiration for many other great adventure stories.
I loved that Rob Inglis sings Tolkien's songs! When I read the book before, I found myself scanning the written verses, but it was a real joy to hear them sung as Tolkien intended.
If anything it restored a great sense of joy that I felt the first time I ever read the story. There's just something about a little person of no consequence becoming the unlikely hero of a great adventure story.
Even if you've read this book before, like I have, this book is worth the listen. Rob Ingles manages to distinguish the voices of the 13 dwarves, the hobbit, Gandalf and does an excellent Golum. His singing of the songs in the book is the real icing on the cake of this well written and narrated story.
The Hobbit is a delightful story, and the narrator's soothing voice is simply wonderful to listen too. I loved hearing all the songs sung, it made the story even better than when I read it years ago. All of this makes the book better to listen to than to read.
My favorite thing about this book is Bilbo Baggins. I love the hobbits in all the books. I find myself wanting to sit by the fire and have tea with him and gandalf.
I cant possibly pick just one scene as my favorite! The whole book is magical.
I don't know how many times I've read the book. This was the first listen to an unabridged reading. It is still great. I'm somewhat prepared for the movie.
Unique voices for all characters, that he sang poems and songs.
Rob Inglis is a great story teller and brought all characters to life.
Follow the story! Hint Hint Peter Jackson.
I love this book and wanted to listen to it before I saw the movies so I had a fresh memory of the book.
Yes, even if you have read The Hobbit, Inglis' performance is spot on, excellent pacing, he brings Tolkien's songs to life.
Those who have seen the Peter Jackson movies may be a bit put off by the difference in accents of the characters (although I feel Bilbo is coincidentally similar to Freeman and Holm's voices) especially the dwarves and elves. But if one keeps in mind that this recording was done before the movies were made, people will get over it.
In regards to the audio recording specifically is the scene in the mountain when Bilbo meets up with Gollum, the writing and dialog is very rich, and performed very well, and for those who have read all of the Lord of the Rings books, the weight of future events is hinted at slightly in these scenes.
A wonderful voice and performance. Was able to pull off all of the various characters, although almost all of the dwarves sounded the same, but Tolkien usually lets us know who is talking.
Inglis has a regal voice, being noble when it is needed, very common when called for. His baritone singing voice does great justice to Tolkien's songs, even though he is not a professional singer, it sounds as if Thorin and the group were standing in my dining room singing!
13 dwarves, a wizard, and a Hobbit, what could go wrong?
This is Tolkien's best book and the audio version does a good job telling the tale that sets up the three-volume extravaganza which is the Lord of the Rings.
Rob Inglis did a great job with the voices but there were clear cuts in the audio and his need to take a deep breath broke some of the flow for the listener.
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