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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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    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 12-11-13
    Ethosian Earthquake Zone, California 12-11-13 Member Since 2013

    You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.

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    "Overrated, dull and a lot of bla bla bla."

    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).

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    C. E. Snyder Montana 11-30-12
    C. E. Snyder Montana 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "how and when ?"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    Maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always enjoy a good long story


    Did Rob Inglis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. Easy to follow the characters


    Was The Return of the King worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    When and where was this recording made? Very poor quality recording. Lots of distracting background noise. Sounded like an old vinyl record.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon United States 11-05-12
    Sharon United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "My favorite story made almost unlistenable i"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    J.R.R. Tolkien absolutely -- Rob Inglis definitely no! A fantastic story made frustrating by this performer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A tie between Gandalf and Aragorn. Both are honorable men who are not afraid of the long heroic quest.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

    Scott Brick or Rene Auberjinois.


    Was The Return of the King worth the listening time?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    I first read LOTR in 1968 and have worn out three sets of paperbacks and have a well-used set of hardbacks. I also wore out a set of the trilogy on tape by the original radio
    Cast, and have watched the movie version many times

    Since all those versions were amazing, I expected this Audible version to be, also. Rob Inglis, however, reads these books as though he is unfamiliar with the story. He pronounces many of the names in a different way from any other version and seems to make all the characters sound the same. His performance made listening difficult and if I were not such a total Tolkein fan, I wouldn't have finished listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 01-18-13
    Tim United States 01-18-13 Member Since 2010

    Not a mainstream reader.

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    "Who Would Have Thought"

    I never read Lord of the Rings when I was a teenager and kept putting it off. Even after I watched the movies, I had no interest at these books. The movies were okay and I saw no need to read the series. My friends kept telling me that I need to read these books and I would totally be a Hobbit.

    So, I finally took their advice and during Christmas season, I started with The Hobbit and before I knew it, I finished The Return of the King. It took me less than a month to finish all four books and I totally agree with my friends that its a classic fantasy.

    Reading The Return of the King was okay. My mind kept referring back to the movies. I didn't know after the novel ended, Tolkien wrote a group of essays and segments as a prequel to LOTR. It is included in the audio rite after The Return of the King ends and it is more interesting than the novels because it explains a lot and Hollywood has yet to exploit this story.

    A few years ago, I read the complete Harry Potter series and I dread each book more and more because it's childish and it's puberty writing from J. K. Rowling. If Audible ever gets the rights to the Potter series, I would consider buying all 7 books again, so I can voice my opinions by my reviews on how much I dislike Rowling's work.

    The difference from Tolkien is, his writing will always hold up to all ages and the books were published over half a century ago.

    I can now say that I read LOTR and enjoyed it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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