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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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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-21-14
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Return of the King of Fantacy!"
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    Fantastic, wonderful, perfect! Need more accolades listen for yourself.

    Seriously, I am a life long fan of the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. I have read them in text 6 or 7 times and I am VERY happy I listened to this version. Tolkien is not on THE master of story telling but a king himself with his flowing descriptive prose. Robert Inglis does an absolutely superb job with the naration and where you may not agree with his choice of tone or timber for a specific character you become so lost in the story you accept them as real and he becomes those characters.

    I recommend this book and this series over anything in the Audible Library. I did not want it to ever end! And i know i will listen again!

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    Michael WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 01-12-14
    Michael WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    it was nice to hear it read which gave it a different perspective at times


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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 01-08-14
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 01-08-14 Member Since 2011

    Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.

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    "The king return's haza"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would because it is a classic that defined most modern fantasies


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

    GIANT GHOST ARMY OF DOOM


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    Chad Murray, UT, United States 11-29-13
    Chad Murray, UT, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Tolkien is brilliant..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Return of the King to be better than the print version?

    Not really. Two different mediums, two different audiences, two different feels.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of the King?

    I love the interaction between Sam and Gollum. It makes it even more fun when you know that in the end, Gollum really is an essential part of the quest.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Loved his portrayal of Gollum! When I hear Gollum talk in my head, it's Inglis's voice that dominates.


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

    I can never stay awake long enough to listen to much of anything in one sitting. It was certainly a book that I wanted to get back to when time allowed.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome story. Masterpiece.

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    netta phish big orange country 09-25-13
    netta phish big orange country 09-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Robert Inglis doesawonderful job presenting"
    If you could sum up The Return of the King in three words, what would they be?

    this is wonderful presentation!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of the King?

    this is wonderful presentation!


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

    this is wonderful presentation!


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

    this is wonderful presentation!


    Any additional comments?

    this is wonderful presentation!

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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 08-25-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "The last didn't let me down"

    I just finished reading the Hobbit for the first time and to tell you the truth I really don't know what possessed me to move on to this because I really didn't like the Hobbit. This was much improved.
    I am a huge fan of G R R Martin and I was looking for an epic fantasy after finished Song of Fire and Ice series. The Hobbit let me down and everyone told me to try Lord of the Rings. I am glad I did.
    Great story, great author and great narrator. I finished the series in record time and wish there were more.

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    R. Compton Blountsville, AL 08-25-13
    R. Compton Blountsville, AL 08-25-13
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    ""the Lord of the Rings" unabridged - MARVELOUS!"

    As far back as the 60's you seldom saw me without a well dog-eared copy of one of Professor Tolkien's books in my pocket!
    I've listened to "the Lord of the Rings (dramatized)" on the radio, tape and Audible - and will, likely do so again. BUT, to follow Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Aragorn, inch by inch, from the settled land of the Shire to Mordor as they face their many perils is truly a treat! Just close your eyes and be right at their shoulder as they overcome daunting odds!

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    "I have been waiting for these!"

    It's hard to believe that anyone can improve upon Tolkien, but the narrator, Rob Inglis, does it. The characters, the setting, the story, are all richer and more enjoyable because of his excellent narration. If you have not already immersed yourself in the worlds of Middle Earth with Tolkien and Inglis, do it today. You're in for an adventure.

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    "Still the best."

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy is as good as ever. After reading the Hobbit books 23 times I have decided that it is just as good as an audio book, and am able to get other things done too! Love this story!

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    Katherine ABERDEEN, SD, United States 05-23-13
    Katherine ABERDEEN, SD, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LOVE THE BOOKS!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Return of the King to be better than the print version?

    Audio version is better than the movie... Never read the book tho.


    What did you like best about this story?

    LOTR what isnt to like about it!


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