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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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...
The best audio book series I have ever listened to. The narrative keeps you drawn in. Ill look for other books with this narrator. I have to admit, the lineage of the kings got a little thick at points but I also learned a lot about how events fit together. Bravo!
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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