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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1: The War of the Ring | [J.R.R. Tolkien]

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1: The War of the Ring

The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.
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The Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures as the quest continues. Aragon, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents.

Gandalf returned, miraculously, and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Meanwhile, Sam and Frodo progressed towards Mordor to destroy the Ring, accompanied by Smeagol-Gollum, still obsessed by his "preciouss". After a battle with the giant spider, Shelob, Sam left his master for dead; but Frodo is alive, in the hands of the orcs. And all the time the armies of the Dark Lord are massing.

Since it was first published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings has been a book people have treasured. Steeped in unrivalled magic and otherworldliness, its sweeping fantasy has touched the hearts of young and old alike. Nearly 100 million copies of its many editions have been sold around the world, and occasional collector's editions become prized and valuable items of publishing. Now it is available for the first time on digital download, complete and unabridged.

This is the first book of The Return of the King.

Don't miss the rest of Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.

©1954, 1966 The Trustees of the J.R.R. Tolkien 1967 Settlement; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent." (The Observer)
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Sunday Telegraph)

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    Catherine HampshireUnited Kingdom 10-18-05
    Catherine HampshireUnited Kingdom 10-18-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Inglis sounds like Tolkien!"

    As far as I know, this is the only unabridged reading of LOTR, so if you want unabridged this is the one to go for! (if you want abridged, try the BBC full cast dramatisation).

    Rob Inglis has a very traditional english voice - similar to Tolkien's own. He reads in a very measured way. Not only does he read the entire book (apart from the appendices), he also sings all of the songs. I think that he suits the reading, but I find sometimes he doesn't differentiate the characters enough, and the pace is not fast. I also find that he makes the hobbits a bit too "yokel" (rural english accent) for me.

    That said, I enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it. The only thing to be aware of is that Audible have divided it into six separate audiobooks, so to listen to the whole of LOTR, you are going to have to buy them all.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sivitrii Zillmere, Australia 09-02-14
    Sivitrii Zillmere, Australia 09-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A ruse so hackneyed"
    Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, in my top five.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam, he's funny, humble, loyal to a fault.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Making fun of the healers in Gondor for not knowing about Althalas.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not so much moved, but the scene where Gandalf convinces the armies to march on Mordor essentially to distract them from Frodo. This has been copied in so many books, movies and other stories it's hard to count.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-10-14
    Pint-sized Bookworm Hervey Bay 07-10-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Lord of the Nazgul!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this audio book to all Lord of the Rings fans as it enhances the reading experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aragorn is my favourite character for his wisdom and bravery and willingness to sacrifice everything to save Middle Earth.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Ingliss' performance of Lord of the Rings is excellent. His performance of Ghan-Buri-Ghan is brilliant and I loved the accent.


    Any additional comments?

    The Battle of Pellinor Field and The Pyre of Denethor are my favourite chapters in this part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 05-20-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 05-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good old Tolkien."

    The lord of the rings are a classic tale and I hope that it will stay living not just by nerds and geeks. The Return of the King is full of wonderful, trilling and hart rendering beauty, it has bravery and selfless actes. I love the story and it is a grand tail, it has in a way shaped me, I hope that it will give some other that joy and pleasure that good storys can give.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Marjorie Dawson New Zealand 01-02-13
    Ms. Marjorie Dawson New Zealand 01-02-13

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    "At last I can Read LOTR"
    Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This, like another favourite of mine, The Count of Monte Christo, is a long book. It needs, and gets in Rob Inglis, a reader of restraint and character whose voice is at the service of the book. The story comes first and then, with subtle changes of inflection or accent we recognise different character's voices. It is going to be a favourite of mine for this alone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader made the story come alive. I was able to enjoy the book and not struggle through LOTR as I did before in 'book form'. Not everyone loved the books - I gave up, but the films inspired me to try again with this Audible audio book. The books are different but I enjoyed it and the film in equal measure.


    Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have only heard Mr Inglis read Tolkien but find him an excellent reader for the series that make up the Lord of the Rings books.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "What do you mean you haven't heard the Audible version?" :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • DJ Morpheus
    1/23/10
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    "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"

    WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.

    If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.

    Absolutely brilliant!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    DublinIreland
    9/16/09
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    "Lord of the Rings Return of the King Vol 1"

    A very well read adaptation of the Lord of the Rings. Gret pace when required and unashamed renditions of songs etc.. all the beauty of Tolkien's language brought to life

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seaspirit
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    6/30/13
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    "much better then the film"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, this is my second recording of rob inglis reading of this series, he manages all the difficult arts of reading this series of books.


    What other book might you compare The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1 to, and why?

    the lord of the rings has few rivals


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favourite?

    frodo


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes hard to put down, but far too long to listen to it all in one session


    Any additional comments?

    everyone knows the story and seen the film, but the books are sooo much better. fantasy at it's best

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jakob
    Mount Barker, Australia
    4/13/13
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    "Timeless classic"

    Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N
    Witney, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "poor reader great book"
    What disappointed you about The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Volume 1?

    Rob Inglis has good diction but no expressiveness and is wearisome to listen to. He is not the right man to capture and excite the imagination, and his reading is a great disappointment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wonderful sustained creation of a parallel world. In some respects a modern Pilgrims Progress, that reflects Tolkien 's life experience and also his abiding academic interests. One of my favourite books.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I loved the book but was bored by the reading of it. For a book of this length the quality of the reader is imperative. I can't understand the positive reviews.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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