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
As far back as the 60's you seldom saw me without a well dog-eared copy of one of Professor Tolkien's books in my pocket!
I've listened to "the Lord of the Rings (dramatized)" on the radio, tape and Audible - and will, likely do so again. BUT, to follow Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Aragorn, inch by inch, from the settled land of the Shire to Mordor as they face their many perils is truly a treat! Just close your eyes and be right at their shoulder as they overcome daunting odds!
It's hard to believe that anyone can improve upon Tolkien, but the narrator, Rob Inglis, does it. The characters, the setting, the story, are all richer and more enjoyable because of his excellent narration. If you have not already immersed yourself in the worlds of Middle Earth with Tolkien and Inglis, do it today. You're in for an adventure.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is as good as ever. After reading the Hobbit books 23 times I have decided that it is just as good as an audio book, and am able to get other things done too! Love this story!
Audio version is better than the movie... Never read the book tho.
LOTR what isnt to like about it!
Great mythic story.
Tolkien has a great style quite appropriate for his mythic tale. He builds a consistent universe, borrowing elements from Norse and Celtic myth, mingled with the produce of his own rich imagination. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is among my favorite works of fictions. When I first read it some 40 years ago, it came to its end much too soon for my liking, despite the length of the books.
Rob Inglis is an excellent narrator, with the possible exception of his rendering of Tolkien’s verse into song. He has a rich, theatrical voice, and is (especially in comparison to some other narrators’ work) thoroughly professional in his performance. Also of interest to those who are wondering: the narrator DOES include Tolkien appendices.
It was helpful hearing the pronunciation of Elvish words, phrases, and names. I also typically listen to audiobooks only during lengthy car rides. This production is quite suitable for such journeys, keeping you alert and engaged.
One would have to have a very long sitting to do this!
One of the appendices included in this volume is some introductory material from the first volume of the series, _The Fellowship of the Ring_. I can see where including it at the start of that volume might not suit the desire of some listeners to jump right into the tale. As is, this information – basic background of the nature of Hobbits – comes too late to be helpful to any listeners not familiar with them. Perhaps audible should consider restoring this to the _Fellowship_, with an option of skipping directly to the tale if desired?
This is a great classic trilogy. Few people have never heard of or enjoyed this story in one way or another so I would like to focus on the performance.
I believe this story, with its diverse characters and languages, would be overwhelming to say the least. Rob Inglis not only accepted taking on this challenging journey but did so with much success.
Finally we come to the end and you can tell that both the narrator and the listener have gone through a journey to come out the other side. Listening to this book is a vastly different experience from the first one.
The plot comes to it's pinnacle and the narrator's skill is finally comes into its own. The story kept me engaged and I couldn't wait to hear the end. A lot goes on after the quest comes to a close that fans of the moves are unaware.
Of all the characters that were my favorite I would have to say Sam outshines them all. I get how Frodo is supposed to be the star, but without the heroism and brevity of Sam all would have come to naught. He is humble and unassuming yet takes no lip from others and if the need calls he is more than capable. Other characters are confident and, at times, brash about their abilities but Sam exemplifies the saying "Walk softly and carry a big stick". You'd never guess it from his personality but crossing him may be the most unwise thing one could do.
I really liked the book and how the author allowed the readers to say goodbye to each character in turn which is a real treat compared to the endings from other books I've read. You get to know each person and it seems that not only was the reader saying good bye but the author too, which is why it was handled the way it was and part of what made it great.
The narrator finally comes into his own with this book. The big problem that plagued the series (especially in the first book) were the songs / poems, as the narrator would often sing very quietly which, consequently, caused you to turn the volume up to hear what was being said...until the song ended and your ears were blown out your skull!
Those days are gone with this book and the songs / poems are a real treat. I didn't hear a peep of background noise (another problem in book 1 at a few instances) and the 3+ hours of bonus content at the end really helped to make a listener fell they not only got their money's worth but a real value to boot.
I have read these books many times but, listening to Mr. Inglis really brings them to life in the mind. His smooth, clear speech vanish into the background as the images spring to the imagination. This is a great book read by a great reader. Thank You Mr. Inglis!
Rob Inglis really does justice to, in my opinion, the best books ever written! Fantastic story-lines, fantastic narrative, you really can't go wrong with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Hobbit. Buy it!
Rob Inglis infuses each heart and soul in the story with the full measure of backstory and richness that Tolkien intended. His performance draws you in deeper, each time you listen.
I now own this recording on tape, CD, and digital media. It is like a good friend I can always turn to, and one that I will never be without.
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