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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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    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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    Y. EAGAN, MN, United States 12-20-12
    Y. EAGAN, MN, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story- a foundation for any mythology"
    Where does The Return of the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Way behind the readings of G.R.R Martin's Fire and Ice series, but so much better than any others


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was the classic struggle of 'the hero'


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

    Intonation


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A stranger saves the day.


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    C 12-03-12
    C 12-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A bittersweet tale!"

    The characters continue their journeys and continue to be delightfully animated by the narrator, Rob Inglis. I am sure I will re-listen to this series many times. It is just as good as I remembered it from many years ago. I was, once again, sad that the tale ended, but joyous for many of the characters. I can't say which ones...don't want to spoil it! If you are a fan of this genre, and even if you have previously read this trilogy (as I have), you will not regret using your credits on this series.

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    Sherri Farris Shawnee, Kansas United States 11-30-12
    Sherri Farris Shawnee, Kansas United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    Wonderfully read. I listen to audiobooks while knitting and being a lifetime fan of LOTR, I enjoyed every minute of the story and every stitch I created while listening.

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    John Wingate, TX, United States 11-29-12
    John Wingate, TX, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to The Return of the King again? Why?

    Yes I love Lord of the Rings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That they everything worked out in the end.


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

    Yes


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