I decided to re-read (well, actually re-listen to) The Hobbit — it’s been a few years. I love Rob Inglis’ s narration (we listened to the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy on a family trip to Texas and back a few years ago.) He does the different voices so well.
One down side to the audio book is that I didn’t realize exactly how many times people sing in the book – I guess when I originally read it I just tended to skim over all the different lyrics; on the audio book you have to listen to Rob Inglis burst into song at regular intervals (which he does quite creditably, but … well, there are quite a few songs, and singing Orks *really* aren’t my thing! ;0)
I am quite excited about the first installment of the movie coming out later this year – some inspired casting choices (Martin Freeman = Bilbo = genius!) so I just wanted to refresh my memory on what has been one of my favorite books. I was a bit dubious with them casting Richard Armitage (who I’ve so far only seen as ‘pretty love interest in period pieces’, which lets you know I haven’t really seen him in much other than North and South) as Thorin Oakenshield – but from the recent preview it actually seems to work…
Anyways, can’t wait to disappear into Middle-earth again, hook, line, and sinker.
Do you have opinions on Tolkien adaptations in general and this on in particular?