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
Just a tremendous nerd and Tolkien fanatic in Northern Michigan.
I have been a Tolkien fan since I was able to comprehend the written word. This version of the book, besides the obvious advantage of being unabridged, brings back thoughts of a time before my own; when visual media was still in it's infancy, and radio actors were the stars of the day. It is far more difficult to portray a scene without visually perceiving it, and the mixture of Tolkien's impecible writing style as relayed by Rob Inglis' powerful voice (which he does in fact inflect differently for every character. The almost foolish naievety of Pippin as contrasted by the slow, measured and powerful cadence of Gandalf in the first scene being a prime example.) is wonderfully immersive.
Easily the scene that reveals the existence of The Grey Company. His portrayal of Halbarad is easily a favorite (my predisposition to love the Dúnedain notwithstanding)
The entire passage from the Fields of Cormallen to the end of Theoden's funeral feast.
Sam, he never gave up hope and was very faithful to his friends.
By far the greatest narrator I have listen ever.
When Sam with all his anger towards Golem still spared his life.
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!
it was nice to hear it read which gave it a different perspective at times
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Yes I would because it is a classic that defined most modern fantasies
GIANT GHOST ARMY OF DOOM
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
I remember reading this trilogy as a teenager and I wasn't impressed but given the 3 for 2 deal Audible was offering, I thought maybe as an adult reader I might find more to appreciate. I was wrong.
If you wax romantic about loyal servants calling you master and kissing your hand, or about the travails of semi-dispossessed nobility as they fight the forces of pure evil (pronounced eee-ville), or if you like books where only flawed characters and eeevil characters die, then this book is for you. It's not for me.
The narrator does an admirable job, especially when he sings the dozens and dozens of songs (really too many songs).
Not really. Two different mediums, two different audiences, two different feels.
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.
Loved his portrayal of Gollum! When I hear Gollum talk in my head, it's Inglis's voice that dominates.
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.
Awesome story. Masterpiece.
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