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.
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"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)
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.
One of the best, in my top five.
Sam, he's funny, humble, loyal to a fault.
Making fun of the healers in Gondor for not knowing about Althalas.
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.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
I recommend this audio book to all Lord of the Rings fans as it enhances the reading experience.
Aragorn is my favourite character for his wisdom and bravery and willingness to sacrifice everything to save Middle Earth.
Rob Ingliss' performance of Lord of the Rings is excellent. His performance of Ghan-Buri-Ghan is brilliant and I loved the accent.
The Battle of Pellinor Field and The Pyre of Denethor are my favourite chapters in this part of the book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"What do you mean you haven't heard the Audible version?" :-)
"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.
"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
"much better then the film"
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.
the lord of the rings has few rivals
yes hard to put down, but far too long to listen to it all in one session
everyone knows the story and seen the film, but the books are sooo much better. fantasy at it's best
Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.
"poor reader great book"
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.
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.
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.
"The battle of all battles"
Story – 5/5
Whenever I compare an epic fantasy battle, it has to be vs. the Siege of Gondor combined with the battle for the Pelinor Fields. The battles are so well told, that it is easy to follow and full of excitement. Once again, more enjoyable than the films.
What you also get in this book is the Scouring of the Shire, which they had to leave out of the films. Probably my most memorable scene when I was younger and still stands the test of time. It helped show how far the hobbits had developed since heading out for Rivendell which was once again masterfully told by Tolkien.
Definitely the best of all of the trilogy, and you will be left extremely satisfied with the ending (if you are not already aware of it). A well deserved 5/5 starts
Performance – 4/5
Rob Inglis does a very good job with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He describes a detailed and complex world so well, making it an incredibly easy listen. I did feel that his character voices could have been a little more distinguishable, but his acting of them was done extremely well.
Overall – 4.5/5
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