I'd read this as a young adult and couldn't remember why I liked it then - but I loved it again and thought the performance was especially fine. I tumbled down the rabbit hole into another world. So glad I satisfied my curiosity.
Great science fiction tells us more about ourselves than works of non-fiction.
Rob Inglis does an incredible job narrating Tolkien’s work. His voice work and inflection perfectly match the tone and sentiment throughout the book. The melodies he used in the songs allow your mind to insert yourself into the scene. Truly remarkable.
Gandalf is my favorite character through the entirety of Tolkien's work but it is hard not to fall in love with Bilbo. He is such a genuine character with a good heart. His actions and decisions are endearing and will win you over.
Bilbo and the dwarves journey through Mirkwood is enjoyable for its tension, action and strong character moments. Though longer than a single scene, this section of the book is where I feel Bilbo really comes into his own.
This is a hard book to turn off. Tolkien sets each scene so wonderfully, you simple cannot wait to see what happens next.
This is a classic made even better by the wonderful narration of Rob Inglis. I highly recommend this to any fans of Tolkien or the fantasy genre. You owe it to yourself to listen even if you have read the book before.
The great beginning
The narration is incredible. I couldn't stop listening
His organized voices. With so many dwarves he did a great job!
I laughed a few times and purchased the first of The Lord of the rings
Without question. Inglis's performance of the Hobbit is incredible. Many narrators are good with differing voices for the characters, but Inglis is at another level entirely. He sings the poetry, and tells the story as it was meant to be, like a father reading a story to his children before bed.
The best comparison is to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, to which this is a prequel.
He sings the songs instead of just reading them. While sometimes it is a little strange, it really works, and carries you into a land of dwarves and elves.
Yes - it would be ideal for that, if one had the time, although it is much too long.
The book itself is worth rereading, as I have many times, but I will definitely be relistening to this as well. Top marks.
I love this book in print and in audio!
The performance is great When I read The Hobbit in print, I could never quite "hear" the songs. Rob Ingles' narration really brought it to life for me. It never fails to make me think of how much preparation a good reader must put into his performance!
If they were recorded in the same studio I may not. There was a hissing in the background on this audio recording. I absolutely loved the Narrator and the book I already knew to be fabulous, but listening with a background noise was killing me. It was made worse by the editing cuts which had no background noise so they were made extremely noticeable.
His narration was great, he is very talented man with voices and his singing perfect. Loved all his voices.
Yes, but I'm leery of anything Hollywood puts out lately since they always add sex scenes etc.
I have read the whole series several times in my life. This is just one of those books that you return to once in awhile. I was very hesitant about listening to this book versus reading it, but I took the plunge and there are no regrets!
Are you kidding? Tolkien is a master who had the imagination to create a whole world in his mind and share it with the rest of us.
I particularly like how he changes his voices for the different characters. This would be a very had book to read aloud, especially since there are so very many characters. He represents the individual characters well.
No, this is more of a book you listen to in your peaceful moments.
already said it- "A great story"
Tolkien is hard not to like. He was one of the first to truly wrap a fully conceived world around his story- and not just a world in the present tense- but a world rich with history.
This is probably my least favorite of his works, but is still fun to hear- when the new movie came out I realized I had given away my paperback copy and this was on sale.
I would- he took a little getting used to, but for the right book he does a good job- I'd classify the hobbit as the right kind of book for him to narrate well.
It's a little long for all in one sitting
Thanks to Rob Inglis's performance, yes.
The "Lord of the Ring" books...
His amazing voice acting style.
Of course! It's Tolkien!