Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Format: Kindle Text-to-Speech
I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be. I've heard so any wonderful things about this book and I just expected me. I feel like the story jumped too much. There were no connecting chapters between parts of the adventure. That said, the story was just descriptive, and also very unique. Many elements, Hobbits themselves for example, are totally unique to this story.
Okay, this book lost me in several places. Perhaps it's because each chapter was sort of a mini-story in itself. There were several different portions of the plot that could have been their own book. It would lend itself well to novellas, I think. It wasn't that the book itself was that complicated. If anything, it was very simple. But it jumps around quite a bit from one plot to another. Also, I think there should have been more to each "section". For example, I would have loved to read more about the trolls. Or the spiders, gruesome as I think spiders are. The eagles. I just felt there wasn't enough of anything.
Every character throughout this story was entirely different. Except for the dwarves. I'll admit, I found it difficult to differentiate at times. But really, that didn't make much difference in the story whether you could tell them apart or not. Bilbo was a very fun, if stuffy character, which he was meant to be. He definitely evolved as the story went on from a scared little hobbit that never wanted to leave his little hole in the mountain to such a brave character, even if it was completely self-serving and in a desire to get back home rather than for sake of the adventure itself. I was hoping for more about Smaug, the dragon. So much build up about the dragon and he was barely in the book at all, which was disappointing.
Stars for creativity and uniqueness, but not caring for the jumping from plot line to plot line.