Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out onto the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug's left eye. He was only pretending to be sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance!
Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
©1937 1951, 1966, 1978, 1995*, 1997* The J.R.R. Tolkien Copyright Trust; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK 2002
Rob Inglis has a soothing voice ( could seem to be a little dull in the first few minutes - but creates good voices for the characters). I love this classic story, especially seeing how events and characters link to Lord of the Rings.
"a good tail told"
a well told story by rob lnglis well narrated and clearley told nice voices for the carricters and al done with a love for the book i loved this and pt 1 well worth the listening time
"Great listening... except the end!"
I really love this telling of the book, the narration is fabulous and I could listen to Rob Inglis for hours. However I was annoyed that it's split into two books, it could quite easily have been one. Blatant money making in my opinion. Also it has INCREDIBLY annoying music at the end, which drowns out the last few minutes of the story and quite frankly ruined it for me.
This book is very entertaining and I could not stop until I had read the whole book. I loved the mix of characters and the plot of the book. You can listen to the book whilst basking in the sun in the park or whilst taking a walk. Absolutely beautiful.
I enjoyed this classic tale but found the long songs a bit tedious. I also found it disappointing that the story had been seperated into two seperate audiobooks so the listener must buy both parts to listen to the whole story. In a nutshell the story is great but maybe go for a different version.
"Starts as it means to go on"
A wonderful Tolkien masterpiece that will have you falling in love with Bilbo Baggins a hobbit from small beginnings and will take you on an stunning but lighthearted journey through Middle Earth. Immersed by beautiful descriptions The Hobbit will have you gripped from start to finish
"This version takes the shine off the treasure"
"The Hobbit" is one of the treasures of English fiction: a rattling tale told by Tolkein with wit and unique imagination.Given the status of this book and the spectacular attention given to the sequels, it is all the more surprising that this audioadaptation is so lacklustre and pedestrian. The narrator lacks any true range in his animation of the characters; relying on degrees of pomposity alone to voice Gandalf, Thorin and the dwarves. This is in stark contrast to the vivacious, varied and comedic audio interpretations that we have grown accustomed to with modern classics (e.g. Stephen Fry's sparkling rendition of the Harry Potter series). In my view, the poverty of this production of the Hobbit is a greater crime than the insouciance of making us pay double for the book by splitting it unneccessarily into two parts. Audible should be careful not to repeat either of these transgressions in future.
"Remembering my Youth!"
I picked this book up to remind myself how it all went before the films. I was reminded of one thing - Tolkien should have got someone else to write up his ideas.
The world is lovely and deep. The characters thought out and 'real'. The concepts at the time were new and fascinating.
However, the pace is terrible. The descriptions over the top to the point of boredom. The supporting cast feel two dimensional and the wording is archaic at best, and a load of old waffle for most of it.
The narrator does his best to bring this to life, but unfortunately it still feels 'stale'.
Worth reading (listening to) to immerse yourself into the mythos, but be prepared to swim through treacle.
"Inglis narrates well but sings less so."
As a book, to my mind, the Hobbit deserves five stars but I did find Rob Inglis' rendition of the songs a little cringe-worthy. The Hobbit is a real classic but it should be remembered that it is not written to the same audience as the Lord of the Rings, it is something of a children's story but one which adults can truly enjoy too.
This is a great reading of a marvellous classic, very vividly brought to life. highly recommend it
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