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The Return of the King Audiobook

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

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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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    Punkrockin4220 Minnesota 03-18-16
    Punkrockin4220 Minnesota 03-18-16 Member Since 2017

    Fantasy All Day Every Day!

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    "The Greatest Fantasy Story Of All Time"
    Would you listen to The Return of the King again? Why?

    Yes. Because it's the greatest adventure someone could on without leaving there house.


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

    This one is up there with the rest. Rob Inglis is one of the best narrator's out there.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert Inglis is one of the best narrators out there. I remember about 5 or 6 years ago I listened to The Hobbit with him narrating and I fell in love with his many character voices and his excitement when he read. I couldn't wait to download and listen to these books once I remembered who narrated them. I am now on The Earthsea Cycle just because of his good narration style. Lord of The Rings the movies are great! Don't get me wrong but I still think the book and him narrating are better!! I feel like he hit the voices perfectly. If you haven't read, watched or listened to Lord of The Rings and you enjoy fantasy you are missing out. You owe it to yourself to read what made fantasy what it is today. You can't go wrong with Robert Inglis either. I wish he did more books to be honest.

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    Midwest Andy 03-07-16
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    "The father of the genre"
    Where does The Return of the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The LotR remains the best fantasy series I've ever read (and I've spent my life reading them). It is deep, well-crafted, and timeless.


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

    That Tolkien allowed Frodo to fail. He came to mouth of Mount Doom and chose not to destroy the ring. Frodo isn't an action hero, he's weak and flawed like me. He doesn't have to kill a million orcs or get the girl to be memorable.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    I would not conceive listening to anyone else reading these stories.


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

    When Eowyn and Merry defeat the Witch King. Tolkien gets flack for not having many women in the series, but the ones that are there are some of the strongest characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Northern courage- the concept that you fight, no matter the odds. You always fight injustice, and evil even if you know there is no hope. It is the courage of fighting the losing battle because it is the right thing to do that matters. Then eagles will bail you out...

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    Amazon Customer 02-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Love."

    I've read this series so many times over the years, but hearing it read was amazing. This is a series made to be read out loud.

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    DAVID CHRISTOPHER WALLIS 02-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Still The Greatest"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Tolkien created a vast world with rich history. Each character, not just the main ones, are well thought out with their own unique history and personality. You feel like you're only getting a glimpse or slice of a larger picture. The story is complete, but you want to know more about everything else going on in the world.


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    lilGypsyFirefly 10-31-15
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    "fantastic!!"

    I absolutely love the voice and cadence of the narration. I have already read the books more than once and have been an avid Tolkien fan basically for as long as I can remember - Inglis excellently captures the depth and rich spirit of these clasics!

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    G. Parish 10-15-15
    G. Parish 10-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "A solid ending"

    All threads are wrapped up, including little ones you have likely forgotten, A solid ending to the tale.

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    ali ferret Brisbane, Australia 06-05-15
    ali ferret Brisbane, Australia 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Still a wonderful story"

    Rob Ingliss does justice to this classic work. It's well with listening to the appendix as well where you can find out about some of the events both before and after the times narrated in the books.

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    Amazon Customer 05-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Finale to a Classic"

    I read the entire series in high school and decided to listen to it again on Audible. The story is, of course, a masterpiece and well-worth listening to again. My only complaint is that this is an older recording. The narrator does a good job--no real complaints but this is such an iconic and popular story that I think it deserves being updated to include multiple narrators such as Audible has done with Ender's Game, Dracula, Dune, etc...

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    Sonny 05-25-15
    Sonny 05-25-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfection!"

    The story is unmatched. I have listened to the LOTR at least three times each year and I NEVER grow tired of it. That and the stellar narration makes these aufiobooks my all-time favourites!

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    Margaret SYRACUSE, NY, United States 06-16-13
    Margaret SYRACUSE, NY, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "How could I be disappointed?"

    Sigh. This reading of the Return of the King is from the 1980's editions which have been altered from the 1960's editions that I'm familiar with. While I'm certain that the changes made to the story were well meant they are noticeable and irritating. I would appreciate it if , in the future, Audible would note the edition of the story that is being presented, especially when there are significant differences between the editions.

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