I decided to read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and narrated by David Ingles, as it is part of the 10 best selling books that you can read here.

Synopsis

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable and quiet life. His contentment is disturbed one day when the wizard, Gandalf, and the dwarves arrive to take him away on an adventure. Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. 

He was just about to step out on to 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 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.

Review

The hobbit is a classic fantasy novel written by J. R. R. Tolkien,the basic story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit going on an adventure, getting into danger and finding a way out of it, is a really good read.

The one thing though is the songs that appear in the book as well as Toklkien’s writing style, which does seem a bit dry to me, however this may be because of the age of the novel, being written in 1932 it is nearly 90 years old.

One of the weaknesses of the story for me was the action scene, which seemed to bring the story to a peak of tension, however the execution of action itself felt a bit weak.

Even the big scene at the end as the tension was built, then all of a sudden the narrative stopped and the story moved on a few hours and all the tension was lost, in the blink of an eye. 

The way all the  individuals interacted with each other throughout the book was well done in  particularly the Golem and Bilbo scene was well crafted with one scene where you get to see what Gandalf saw  in the Hobbit for the first time as a reader.

Audiobook review

I listened to The Hobbit on an Audiobook read by Rob Inglis and I have to say that his reading style was really pleasing. He even made the songs enjoyable. 

In addition I was able to listen at a speed from normal speed to twice the speed depending on what i was doing, so to me Rob Inglis was the perfect narrator for the book. 

 Conclusion

Who should read The Hobbit? J. R. R. Tolkien’s book is a classic of the fantasy genre, so is one of those books  that if you are into fantasy novels then it should at least be on your TBR list, if you don’t read it.

As well as being a classic, The Hobbit is a really good story to read, even if you are not into fantasy. In addition the audiobook will help you enjoy the story if you, do not normally read this genre.

Meet The Writer

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE

J.R. R. Tolkien

was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English language and literature from 1945 to 1959. He was a close friend of C.S. Lewis.

Meet the Narrator

David Inglis

Is an actor and writer born in Australia but has lived and worked in England for many years. His plays include Voyage of the Endeavour (1965), based on the journal of Captain James Cook; Canterbury Tales (1968), dramatised readings from Chaucer; Erf (1971), a one-actor play about the twenty-first century; A Rum Do (1970), 

He has adapted works to stage for one-man performances of A Christmas Carol and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,  Chaucer, Shakespeare as well as Tolkien and Orwell to one act performances. Led to him doing the Audiobook of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

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