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
J.R.R. Tolkien absolutely -- Rob Inglis definitely no! A fantastic story made frustrating by this performer.
A tie between Gandalf and Aragorn. Both are honorable men who are not afraid of the long heroic quest.
Scott Brick or Rene Auberjinois.
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.
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.
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