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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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    Amazon Customer 11-24-12
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    What did you love best about The Return of the King?

    Can I say everything? That the book is a true classic goes without saying, and this superb audio performance brings the story to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of the King?

    The climax at the Cracks of Doom. Even though you know the story, the drama of whether Frodo and Sam will succeed in the quest has you on the edge of your seat.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    The range of Rob's vocalisation brings something unique to each character.


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

    I wouldn't make a film... Peter Jackson's effort is too good to follow!


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    Jonathan 11-19-12
    Jonathan 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Inglis' reading truly honors Tolkien!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    Inglis' reading is masterful and inspiring. From the many different vocal characterizations to his moving interpretations of the songs and the poems, and to the pathos and humor he conveys, Robert Inglis gives us a reading that is truly faithful to the spirit of Professor Tolkien's Magnum Opus. This is much more than engaging entertainment to help pass the time, this is a deeply moving and powerful rendition of a work that has shaped the very cultural DNA of our society. All hail Tolkien and Inglis!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love them all, but the personal transformation of Sam Gamgee inspires me the most. Through all he experienced--the wonder of the Elves, the suffering of a grueling journey, the horror of Mordor and more, he grew as a person--in courage, steadfastness, faithfulness, wisdom, and selfless love. Sam is Everyman, and so is a way for readers (hearers!) to truly enter the Tale and experience its transforming power for themselves.


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

    I've listened to his reading of "The Hobbit" all 'three' books in "The Lord of the Rings, and each is deeply satisfying on every level.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I've listened to the whole story countless times, and have been moved by many moments, but the courage of Eowyn and Merry as they face the horror of the witch-King is an especially powerful scene.


    Any additional comments?

    You'll become a better person if you listen to these marvelous narrations. Give Tolkien and Inglis the chance to prove it!

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    amar Newark, NJ, United States 11-12-12
    amar Newark, NJ, United States 11-12-12

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    "A great book!"

    A highly satisfying conclusion to the epic saga. A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!

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    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 11-12-12
    HikeBikeCampKayak United States 11-12-12
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    "Absolutely Wonderful!"

    A timeless classic brought to life. The narration of Rob Inglis brings unexpected warmth and depth to the tale of the battle for Middle Earth. Each character is brought to life through a unique voice. Highly recommended!

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    Rebekah 11-11-12
    Rebekah 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

    I enjoy unabridged books that take you to another realm.

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    "Great recording!"
    Where does The Return of the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book! I look forward to listening to this again!


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

    Rob Inglis is a wonderful narrator! I've enjoyed listening to him speak The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


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    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-05-12
    John Winnipeg, MB, Canada 11-05-12 Member Since 2015

    Loving long books.

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    "Thank goodness - finally"

    One of my favourite books read the way I'd like to be able to. Rob Inglis does this story the justice it deserves. This book is the third of three, you'll want the other two.

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    James Mccutchan Littleton, CO. 11-05-12
    James Mccutchan Littleton, CO. 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of the King?

    defeat of the black riders in the flood


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    everything


    Any additional comments?

    I've read the Ring trilogy several times down through the years and it's an all time favorite. It's finally available as an audiobook and Rob Inglis really makes the journey through Middle Earth come alive. For lovers of the English language this is a tour de force not to be missed.

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    Alexander Rochester hills, MI, United States 09-15-14
    Alexander Rochester hills, MI, United States 09-15-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a male 21 year old who is searching for amazing books that match my library. I don't like too much "magic" or non-fiction books.

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    "You thought the movies were long? Ending is longer"

    The series is a great series, but the end of this 3rd/4th book depending on whether or not you are including the hobbit, is the longest dragged out ending possible. With over 8 hours of wrapping up I could have done with Bilbo Baggins ending, "and they lived happily ever after" If you have done the other three (which I am assuming you have, why else would you be looking at the 3rd/4th book) go ahead and finish it. I really did enjoy the series as a whole and am glad that i finished it.

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    C. E. Snyder Montana 11-30-12
    C. E. Snyder Montana 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "how and when ?"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    Maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always enjoy a good long story


    Did Rob Inglis do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. Easy to follow the characters


    Was The Return of the King worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    When and where was this recording made? Very poor quality recording. Lots of distracting background noise. Sounded like an old vinyl record.

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    Sharon United States 11-05-12
    Sharon United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite story made almost unlistenable i"
    Would you try another book from J. R. R. Tolkien and/or Rob Inglis?

    J.R.R. Tolkien absolutely -- Rob Inglis definitely no! A fantastic story made frustrating by this performer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    A tie between Gandalf and Aragorn. Both are honorable men who are not afraid of the long heroic quest.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

    Scott Brick or Rene Auberjinois.


    Was The Return of the King worth the listening time?

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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