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
You never have to wait for anything if you bring a good book.
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).
I always enjoy a good long story
Yes. Easy to follow the characters
When and where was this recording made? Very poor quality recording. Lots of distracting background noise. Sounded like an old vinyl record.
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.
Not a mainstream reader.
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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