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
It is a classic adventure tale.
George R. R. Martin's Ice and Fire novels.
He has a good storytelling voice.
What a great, long epic tale.
I like that the Appendices are included.
The return to Hobbiton is very encouraging. It shows the depth of the characters’ changes from the onset of their adventure. If ever you were in doubt that the very small are incapable of being very great. Doubt no more.
Gandalf’s foreshadowing of Gollum’s further role in the fate of the ring.
I have all of his readings of Tolkien. I love the resounding depth of his voice as he gives melody to Tolkien's song.
YES! This and the whole series.
I listen to sections of the story almost every night, as I go to sleep (I love the story and know it by heart). I listen to it and my imagination runs wild as I drift off in familiar comfort.
I agree The Lord Of The Rings is one of the greatest fantasy novels of all time.
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! :)
Yes, this book made me laugh and cry.
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.
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). "
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.
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.
The voice and style of the narrator perfectly matched the 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.
His accent is perfect, his inflections and charecterizations were spot on--never distracting from the story.
Rob Inglis did an amazing job.
The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece in its own right but Rob Inglis brought it to life.
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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