There are audiobooks and then there are…audiobooks. I have found some that would turn me off of books forever if they were the only examples I had in front of me. Now I’ve found that there are several gems hidden in the world of audiobooks that I not only will gobble up but will also tell everyone about. One of them today is The Hobbit.
I will not go over the story itself here as the book can stand on its own merit. Here I’ll just review the audio aspect of it.
This audio version had me feeling like I was right there in the midst of the story. Honestly, there were times I thought I was watching the movie and said out loud, “That wasn’t what happened!” I forgot I was listening to the book. The audio has sound effects that were outstanding and at times realistic.
The voices were as well outstanding. Only a couple of very minor characters did I feel the actors stretched it, but as I said they were minor so it was very short-lived. Then I heard in one of the ‘intermissions’ that it was done for radio which explained why it was so well done.
I had read the book a couple of times in the past and seen the movies, but it felt like I was hearing it for the first time. Nothing was at all boring, and I think that was mainly due to the excellent production of it.
I strongly encourage you to listen to this version of Tolkien's masterpiece. Even if you have read the book many times, you’ll find it enjoyable. Great for trips, family nights, and just to relax with.