The Hobbit [UNABRIDGED] (Audio CD)
by J.R.R. Tolkien (Author), Rob Inglis (Narrator)
Publisher: Recorded Books; Unabridged edition (July 2001)
This is a re-read, of course, but I have no idea how long it’s been since I read it. It’s also the first time I’ve listened to it on audio. Rather than doing a full-on review, which seems kind fo silly for something I’ve read so many times (and which most people have read once), I’m going to just hit a few highlights.
Rob Inglis does a great job reading this; I enjoyed his reading of Lord of the Rings (which I’ve now started on), and he does just as well on the Hobbit.
Bard (who, ironically, is not actually a bard) strikes me as a Robert E. Howard character who was transplanted to Middle Earth. He’s a dour, grim-faced warrior who eventually becomes king by his own hand. I believe that Tolkien was a Howard fan, so that’s not entirely surprsing, but it is kind of neat.
Middle Earth seems much less developed in this story, but I don’t know if that’s deliberate obfuscation on Tolkien’s part or not.
I don’t re-read this book often enough. It’s really fantastic.