You've endured listening about Hobbits for 2.75 books.... It's been rough, but you put your head down and made it through. Thankfully you were given a few reprives, like Faramir. Seriously, Faramir is the best part of the entire trilogy. Are we certain that Aragorn should be King of Gondor instead of Faramir?? While Aragorn was off courting elfs and glaring at Hobbits, Faramir was kicking some serious Mordor butt! Anyways... I digress. You've made it to the last part of the trilogy, the ring is destroyed, and the Hobbits return to the Shire. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Mary and Pippen become like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris. Mary and Pippen kill a bunch of guys and prove that Hobbits do have some intrinsic. Oh yeah, Frodo is still mopey (big surprise).
Congratulations on completing the Lord of the Rings. If you're interested in all the good parts without the bad (i.e. Hobbits), consider the Shannara series. Proceed with caution, however. I recall the Shannara series being awesome when I read it... in fourth grade! I also liked tamagotchis back then, so any recommendation from that time period is a crapshoot.
Tolkien has touched my heart with his writings throughout my entire life. Being able to be transported into his world by Rob Inglis was absolutely incredible.
Tolkien is a master and a genius. His attention to detail and to the lore that he created is astounding. He created my
favorite universe to read about and fantasize in.
The King Returns
Frodo, listening really brought a perspective on the weariness that I didn't always "hear" when I read the trilogy.
I had a new appreciation for the sacking of Saruman's keep. It was the first time I really thought about an anti-machine message that is weaved into the book. I went back and listened again to a few of the notes about Saruman losing his powers by the embrace of machines to do his work. Again, something that I wasn't slapped in the face with as a reader caught up in the battles.
I accidentally forgot all of the singing, sorry about that.
Elf songs cause sleepiness. Be sure to set your Amazon Echo to turn off after 15 minutes.
One of the best fantasy books. Return of the King closes the chapters of the fellowship companions; fully wrapping up most loose ends. Epic battles, touching moments, and throw backs to Fellowship, Two Towers, and the Hobbit.
Sam Gamgee steals just about every scene he is in.
Consistent and colorful.
Eowyn, Merry, Pippen, and Sam all get a lot of great parts in a series where they sit on the sidelines for most of it. Beregond and Pippen's part is a great side thread.
Holy cow does the last act of this book drag out. I get the aesthetic and technical reasons why the denouement is so long, but there's theory, and there's execution, and this is a particularly slow and airless one.
My least favorite part of this is the elves. how I hates them, filthy elvses.
Anyway, it's fine. If you make it through the previous volume, you might as well see it through.
Rob Inglis had a way of reminding me of the movie epic, of the older animated versions, and even touched on the voices of characters and the way they sounded to me in my head whenever I read the print version. I really enjoyed Inglis' performance.
I laughed at several points! Although I've read this series time and again since I was in grade school, listening to it on audio was like hearing the story for the first time. I laughed and wanted to cry when the battle at Minas Tirith was over, when the ring was finally cast in the depths of fire, and during the many partings.