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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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    Eva 03-04-13
    Eva 03-04-13

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    "Excellent book and narration!"
    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rob Inglis does a great job having different voices for each character. He really helps bring the book to life. Not to mention, the songs in the LOTR series are sung with a melody and he correctly pronounces the Elven language. My favorite character voice is Treebeard! :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, this book made me laugh and cry.


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    Kris Mosinee, WI, United States 02-25-13
    Kris Mosinee, WI, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent narrator"

    Pitch perfect narration of a classic story. I've read the books numerous times and of course seen the movies but Rob Inglis brings the story to life.

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    Elizabeth Corvallis, OR, United States 02-21-13
    Elizabeth Corvallis, OR, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked the story"

    From my daughter: "I'm 10 and I liked the story. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone under 7 years old. I liked the narrator and that he used different voices for the different characters. But I did have a hard time learning the separate characters and keeping them straight. I really enjoyed the story. I've listened to the whole trilogy. I won't go anywhere without my headphones and player. I'm planning on listening to the trilogy again and then reading the books. It's by far my favorite book(s). "

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    Jennifer 02-09-13
    Jennifer 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth listening to"
    What did you love best about The Return of the King?

    The book is long but worth listening to. There are so many aspects of the book that it is hard to say what I lvoe the best. This is a classic that can be listened to over and over and loved each time.


    What does Rob Inglis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I cannot read the book but to listen to Rob read it helps me to hear the characters and story so clearly. He did a great job reading and expressing the emotions and meanings.


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    Dorinda Forbes 01-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Classic, Well Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    The voice and style of the narrator perfectly matched the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept my interest very very well. I sat in my car several times waiting to hear the next few lines...couldn't break myself away.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    His accent is perfect, his inflections and charecterizations were spot on--never distracting from the story.


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    C. Olivolo California 01-16-13
    C. Olivolo California 01-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Masterful Performance"
    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    Rob Inglis did an amazing job.


    What other book might you compare The Return of the King to and why?

    The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece in its own right but Rob Inglis brought it to life.


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    Geoffrey Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-14-13
    Geoffrey Ottawa, ON, Canada 01-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Songs that were meant to be read"

    What more can I say about this story that hasn't been said a thousand times? I mean, other than listening to the audio version of the story made me realize how often I just skip over the various and sundry songs when reading...

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    Deneb 01-08-13
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    "Dependable and a great listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    His voice is perfect to this series and he sings the music that Tolkien wrote masterfully.


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    J. C. Piercy Texas 01-02-13
    J. C. Piercy Texas 01-02-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Great final part to the trilogy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the final part to the story, along with the expanded background information at the end.


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

    Just as excellent as all the other two.


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    Sarah United States 12-24-12
    Sarah United States 12-24-12
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    "Marvelous escapism"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've just listened to The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, and Rob Inglis' readings make me forget the Peter Jackson movies and remember my own imagined versions from reading Tolkien as a child. He performs the voices marvelously, and his singing is wonderful, rich and mellifluous. For yourself or a Tolkien fan, these are the perfect audiobooks. Buy them immediately! You won't regret it.


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