The Hobbit

I’m currently listening to ‘The Hobbit’ written by J. R. R. Tolkien and read by Rob Inglis. It’s this version.

Over the years I’ve always insisted that I don’t like audiobooks much and have only ever listened to a few which includes Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter, several Patricia Cornwell ones, Stephen Hawking, and the ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ which was also read by Rob Inglis. I would include the BBC production of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but that’s more of a play than an audiobook though by no means any less enjoyable.

I do still like reading a lot, but I find it very incompatible with my life. So much time of my day is spent reading or focussing my eyes on something that often I don’t feel too tired or overstimulated to read something. I don’t commute any more and have to actually set time aside to read which clashes with times when I’m knitting or doing other craft projects. Audiobooks are ideal for those situations and seeing there are several things to be knitted for various upcoming birthdays I predict I’ll be listening to a lot more audio books!

Rob Inglis is an amazing narrator. Originally I thought that I would consider no one to be as good as Stephen Fry, but Rob Inglis isn’t just better, he is on a completely different level. He sings the songs, often as set by Tolkien, does the voices and his tone is just right for describing Middle Earth*. I recommend this to anyone, even if they’ve already read the books.

Whilst I never finished listening to the ‘Fellowship of the Ring’ as the entire trilogy spans just over 50 hours and I have read the books multiple times before, I’ve never read ‘The Hobbit’ and it’s a mere 11 hours long. I look forward listening to Bilbo’s grand adventure which so far has taken him past the same trolls that Frodo also runs into.

*The entirety appears to be uploaded on Youtube, but the quality is quite bad overall. Still, it’s good to get an idea what it’s like.

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4 Comments

  1. Sahfenn
    Posted June 25, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    If you’re looking for free audio books there’s some very talented writers putting stuff up at podiobooks.com. My friend Chris helped set it up, it’s a great site that works off donations: If you like a book then donate or spread the word.

    Also I highly recommend escape pod, a podcast of short sci fi fiction. I also love pseudo pod which is the same for horror and I think they have a fantasy one too. If you have any interest in horror sci fi then check out Scott Sigler. Man is a genius writer & gives his stuff away for free as podcasts which he records himself, fab quality recordings and a huge cult following that’s well deserved.

    I don’t have any reading time since I stopped commuting so podiobooks and podcasted short stories and novels are my fix :)

  2. Posted June 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    Just had a look round that site, it looks great and I could spot about 20 books I want to listen to! Definitely bookmarked, thanks!

    Not so much into sci-fi really and with podcasts it’s always about the people rather than the subjects. I’ll try it though.

    The only problem I have with listening to books is that I get distracted easily and really need to concentrate as missing a couple sentences in a book can make a big difference!

  3. Posted May 7, 2011 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    For future reference, I also strongly recommend Stephen Briggs as a narrator. Think he has mostly voiced Terry Pratchett books, but he does them so very very well.

  4. Posted May 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    I’ll keep that in mind, even though I don’t like Terry Pratchett books!


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