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The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy | [J. R. R. Tolkien]

The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.
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The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron.

In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director. This recording also contains Tolkien’s preface to the trilogy, including a prior history of the ring, and shire habitat, history, and folkways.

©1983 Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R.Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R.Tolkien (P)1990 Recorded Books

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    Natalie United States 10-12-12
    Natalie United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally!"

    I've listened to Fellowship and Two Towers on audiobook by the same narrator, and I had been trying to find Return of the King on CD from a bunch of different libraries and no such luck- but now it's finally here!

    Rob Inglis does a wonderful job as the reader, and gives the characters their own voice. I've read the books before and enjoyed them, so I knew that I would like this story- but if you have never read the books before then I definitely reccomend listening to this version. :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 05-27-13
    Ruth United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2014

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "May the Hair On Your Toes Never Fall Out!"

    We are at the end of our war trilogy. Some people like to call this book/movie the story with a thousand endings. I disagree. There are several things that have to be wrapped up in this story. Will the hobbits ever get home? Will Aragorn ever become king? Will Frodo and Sam fulfill their quest? Will your favorite characters still be standing when it is all over? Will good triumph over evil? Keep your eyebrows crossed and hang on to your walking sticks because this book is exciting! I have read it so many times, but it never gets old for me. I think over all that the Lord of the Rings is one of the best stories about friendship and enduring to the end that I have ever encountered. The history and poetry are delightful. Maybe I am biased because I am a Tolkien nut, but this book and the other two in the trilogy are fantasy at their best. If you can hang in there and if you are patient enough, the Appendices at the end offer some interesting back story you won't get anywhere else. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-15-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2014

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Great Story, Good Narration"

    The Lord of the Rings is a true classic and if you have not experienced it (or only experienced the movies) this recording should be a wonderful experience. This recording includes the prefix and appendices (both at the end of the recording), which might be dry for some, but is great for LOTR geeks. Having an unabridged Lord of the Rings on Audible has been long awaited and is terrific. If I had not been exposed to the NPR/Minds-Eye production of this series I would have been pretty happy with the narration. The Minds-Eye production was abridged but was a really excellent performance. Rob Ingles’ narration is very good, and he does particularly well presenting the difficult epic poetry sections, but I did not much like his singing and overall a simple narration can’t compete with the Minds-Eye performances. Nevertheless I was very happy to have this excellent unabridged version. I started out a little unhappy with the narration, but as time went on I just became quite immersed in the story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    tobaly king point, NY, United States 03-29-13
    tobaly king point, NY, United States 03-29-13
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    If you could sum up The Return of the King in three words, what would they be?

    masterpiece


    What did you like best about this story?

    post destruction of ring


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    uses voices and songs. A master of narrator. Best in the business


    Any additional comments?

    narration is like the first 2 books. Rob Inglis work in this trilogy is constant perfection

    HE INCLUDES THE APPENDICES!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Rob Inglis and JRR Tolkien in Perfect Partnership"
    Where does The Return of the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number One


    What other book might you compare The Return of the King to and why?

    Two juvenile series -- Oz and Harry Potter, all inspired by the classic Beowolf, came to mind during this book. There certainly seems to be a chain of inspiration among every hero adventure series, no matter the characters or settings.


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

    Gandalf


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I both laughed out loud and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the audiobook on a road trip because I was in the middle of reading the books and they don't like you to read while driving. It couldn't have made the travel more delightful. If I could, after this experience, I'd walk around listening to a great audiobook all the time, and never engage in real life again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DeAnne 02-25-13
    DeAnne 02-25-13
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    "brilliant end to a rich and riviting story"

    Rob Inglis narration of this beautiful series ,with it's richly imagined characters and places ,the poetry, the songs, left me wishing for more. If you have only seen the movies this series is a must read,or in this case even better ,narrated with such skill the story becomes even more vivid.

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    "Masterful!!"

    I am an avid Tolkien fan and upon hearing the narration from the first book, I knew that I would enjoy the series that I have read and watched for many years.

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    Amazon Customer Helena, Mt, United States 01-29-15
    Amazon Customer Helena, Mt, United States 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must listen"

    I love this book. I wish it could go on and on. This is one to listen over n over again.

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    Sam 01-26-15
    Sam 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome!"

    A great performance of a great book! Te lord of the rings is a classic.
    I would recommend this to anyone!

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    Nikki 01-26-15
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    "Great voice"

    I will always enjoy this story!!! It has been a part of my life and an enjoyable read of all time

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