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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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    Jas Sandhu 08-23-15
    Jas Sandhu 08-23-15
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    "Never a bad listen"

    Classic Tolkien, Who doesn't love this bit of fiction, I can listen to this tale over and over.

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    Steven M. Hackman Akron, OH USA 08-20-15
    Steven M. Hackman Akron, OH USA 08-20-15 Member Since 2015

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    "good a book as I remember as a kid"

    Narrator was good. I forgot about all that happened after the ring was destroyed. Definitely brought back memories from reading as a child.

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    Amazon Man Philadelphia 08-19-15
    Amazon Man Philadelphia 08-19-15 Member Since 2015

    In my dreams, I live in Amazon.

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    "Amazing reader, greatest story ever told"

    If you are a fan of LOTR, no maters how many times you've read it, this recorded story is a must. Don't miss it!!

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    Kearn D. Reif Detroit, MI 07-04-15
    Kearn D. Reif Detroit, MI 07-04-15 Member Since 2013

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    "About time I got to these books"
    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    Nothing comes to mind.


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

    None.


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

    His voice, cadence and the way he sings the songs are all enjoyable.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The spirit warriors involvement was glossed over to the point the scene was useless in the book. I prefer the Sam/Frodo relationship in the book to the one portrayed on film. It felt more like two soldiers on the front lines in the book and not the unrequited love from the film.

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    Ilene Witt San Antonio, TX 07-01-15
    Ilene Witt San Antonio, TX 07-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Long but worth it for fans"

    So many details that are left out of the movies. Interesting for LoTR fans. Excellent narration.

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    Bret 06-25-15
    Bret 06-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Nobody has ever done it better"

    From the writing to the performance, nothing will ever surpass this work. There is a poetry to the language and sincerity in performance that is lacking in all other works of it's kind.

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    RadTech51 06-15-15
    RadTech51 06-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb!"

    There will always be a special place in my heart for these books, and the audiobook version narrated by Rob Ingles is just wonderful! ;)

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    zeus 06-10-15
    zeus 06-10-15
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    "classic"

    if you listen often this book has much to give each time. the myths are rich and full.

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    Caroline D. Hayes Columbia, SC USA 06-09-15
    Caroline D. Hayes Columbia, SC USA 06-09-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Abhorrently long..."

    Too damn long, and too many details at the end of the story that just prolonged the misery. The war ended when Golem played his final and pivotal role. The King assumed his role and his throne. Why on earth drag it out? Oh. My. God! I am glad I read all three books, but of all three, this was the most tedious one. And, Frodo never ceased to get on my nerves with his weakness! As far as I am concerned, Sam was always the hero! Alright, on to my next title!

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    ROBERT M MC CARTHY Reading, PA United States 06-05-15
    ROBERT M MC CARTHY Reading, PA United States 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story well told!"

    Was too daunted by the size of the book as a kid. Too busy now to sit down and read it but fit perfectly into my daily commute!

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