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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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    Sherri Farris Shawnee, Kansas United States 11-30-12
    Sherri Farris Shawnee, Kansas United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    Wonderfully read. I listen to audiobooks while knitting and being a lifetime fan of LOTR, I enjoyed every minute of the story and every stitch I created while listening.

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    John Wingate, TX, United States 11-29-12
    John Wingate, TX, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to The Return of the King again? Why?

    Yes I love Lord of the Rings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That they everything worked out in the end.


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

    Yes


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    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 11-28-12
    Terry Calgary, AB, Canada 11-28-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Get the whole series!"

    As I mentioned about the "Hobbit", The Book (Story) itself is beyond reproach. The performance is extremely good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world

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    Amazon Customer Round Hill, VA, United States 11-24-12
    Amazon Customer Round Hill, VA, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The Return of the King?

    Can I say everything? That the book is a true classic goes without saying, and this superb audio performance brings the story to life.


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

    The climax at the Cracks of Doom. Even though you know the story, the drama of whether Frodo and Sam will succeed in the quest has you on the edge of your seat.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    The range of Rob's vocalisation brings something unique to each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film... Peter Jackson's effort is too good to follow!


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    Jonathan Pace, FL, United States 11-19-12
    Jonathan Pace, FL, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Inglis' reading truly honors Tolkien!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    Inglis' reading is masterful and inspiring. From the many different vocal characterizations to his moving interpretations of the songs and the poems, and to the pathos and humor he conveys, Robert Inglis gives us a reading that is truly faithful to the spirit of Professor Tolkien's Magnum Opus. This is much more than engaging entertainment to help pass the time, this is a deeply moving and powerful rendition of a work that has shaped the very cultural DNA of our society. All hail Tolkien and Inglis!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love them all, but the personal transformation of Sam Gamgee inspires me the most. Through all he experienced--the wonder of the Elves, the suffering of a grueling journey, the horror of Mordor and more, he grew as a person--in courage, steadfastness, faithfulness, wisdom, and selfless love. Sam is Everyman, and so is a way for readers (hearers!) to truly enter the Tale and experience its transforming power for themselves.


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

    I've listened to his reading of "The Hobbit" all 'three' books in "The Lord of the Rings, and each is deeply satisfying on every level.


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

    I've listened to the whole story countless times, and have been moved by many moments, but the courage of Eowyn and Merry as they face the horror of the witch-King is an especially powerful scene.


    Any additional comments?

    You'll become a better person if you listen to these marvelous narrations. Give Tolkien and Inglis the chance to prove it!

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    amar Newark, NJ, United States 11-12-12
    amar Newark, NJ, United States 11-12-12

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    "A great book!"

    A highly satisfying conclusion to the epic saga. A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!

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    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 11-12-12
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    "Absolutely Wonderful!"

    A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!

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    Rebekah Charlotte, NC, United States 11-11-12
    Rebekah Charlotte, NC, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy unabridged books that take you to another realm.

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    "Great recording!"
    Where does The Return of the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book! I look forward to listening to this again!


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

    Rob Inglis is a wonderful narrator! I've enjoyed listening to him speak The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers!


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

    No.


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    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-05-12
    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2011

    Loving long books.

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    "Thank goodness - finally"

    One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the third of three, you'll want the other two.

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    James Mccutchan Littleton, CO. 11-05-12
    James Mccutchan Littleton, CO. 11-05-12
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    "Tolkein Rules"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of the King?

    defeat of the black riders in the flood


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    everything


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the Ring trilogy several times down through the years and it's an all time favorite. It's finally available as an audiobook and Rob Inglis really makes the journey through Middle Earth come alive. For lovers of the English language this is a tour de force not to be missed.

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