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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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.
I would certainly recommend this reading of "The Hobbit." Rob Inglis has the perfect voice for this story. He makes each character come to life, and sound just like you would imagine... Amazing!
The singing, the accents, and the richness of the spoken word.
No... too long for that.
Rob Inlis has wonderful voices for the characters. His general reading voice is pleasant and engaging.
I had never heard of Rob Inglis before I purchased this book, so I was a tad nervous about actually going through with buying it, even though I desperately wanted to own The Hobbit on audio (it is by far one of my favorite books ever). I need not have feared -- Inglis is absolutely PERFECT as a reader for this story! He has a marvelously rich, deep voice that fits Tolkien flawlessly. There is a warmth that makes it feel almost like the most wonderful bedtime story of your entire childhood -- but Inglis likewise makes the darker portions even a bit darker. I think even Tolkien himself, that notorious perfectionist, would have been thoroughly pleased with Inglis as the reader.
Narration is fantastic, but for me the story was only somewhat interesting, probably because it was written more as a children's story.
Also, note that the version I purchased had a section repeat itself with about 3 hours left in the book, which was the death knell for me. I couldn't bring myself to finish it after that.
I am a lot of genres: sci-fi, fantasy, fiction, mystery, Shakespeare's, & thriller
It was up there with harry potter
When Thorin died, that was a surprise
Yeah, I wanted to but I was unable to I had a lot to do.
Throughout my whole reading life, a good book was measured against this one and its sequels... do I need to say more?
I am relatively new to listening to audio books but Rob Inglis' performance was absolutely amazing. He made the story so much richer with his amazing vocal interpretation of the various characters. Each character had such a distinct voice, tone, and timbre that it sounded like a play happening on a stage.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the performance and have already purchased the first book in the LOTR trilogy so I can continue listening to is performances!
I read The Hobbit as a kid and loved the story but this performance made me love it even more!
Overall it was quite good, and I'd recommend it to anyone. However, there were frequent areas in the middle of readings where there had clearly been some editing of the recording and the result was a half second or less of complete silence (none of the white noise that otherwise existed across the background of entire recording). Every time such a silence occurred it was distracting to me. On the other hand I could see some people not noticing at all.
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