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
His voice is perfect to this series and he sings the music that Tolkien wrote masterfully.
I enjoyed the final part to the story, along with the expanded background information at the end.
Just as excellent as all the other two.
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.
Way behind the readings of G.R.R Martin's Fire and Ice series, but so much better than any others
It was the classic struggle of 'the hero'
A stranger saves the day.
The Third and Final novel in the Trio, and it all comes to a head! The preceeding novels, and indeed much of Tolkien's own works, culminate in This Book.
It, litterally, all comes down to this! And the ensuing novel is like watching a huge arrangement of dominoes slowly fall all over middle earth. Even to be seen time and again from different angles, and through different eyes.
If I had a favorite, this would have to be it.
Not only do both, and All the storylines begin to get into the really meaty parts; travel after travel is brought toward its end and things that are 'to be done' become things that are 'now over'...
Aside from the more interesting material events, Tolkien also seems to have better woven this last book, having far more effective and clear connections made between the multiple stories, and managing to repeat events and timelines without seeming to repeat himself. Large sections of story left untold from the film interpretation are covered, and All the loose ends ultimately get tied up.
The book ends, then, and the enormous addative materials begin.
I found the first reading of this sort of in depth material to be a bit daunting and overwhelming, but found it enlightening and revealing on my second read.
Whereas the council held in the first book covers much depth quickly in the first book, the ensuing materials make that short reading seem a brief introduction.
The enormous times and various events and references seem thick on the ground and I cannot help but feel it is this sort of depth that keeps fans comming back and continuing to be interested for years to come.
I found the Dwarf History particularly interesting, as well as the completely seperate love story which also seems to cover more cohesively a running narrative that may have been lost if put substantially into the greater story.
I have heard of his other publications on the subject and may concidder looking into them as well. In the meantime, I enjoy most that the novels do what I most admire in a writer's writing, which is to say, they end in such a way that the reader knows the Rereading of the novel will then be read in a whole new light, as a New Novel all over again!
I certainly think the series is designed to get better and better over time... a tactic I find particularly applaudable in any writing. I knew going into this that it was a much loved and engaging book, and I am left agreeing with that proposition.
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.
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.
Yes I love Lord of the Rings.
That they everything worked out in the end.
Tell us about yourself!
As I mentioned about the "Hobbit", The Book (Story) itself is beyond reproach. The performance is extremely good. Even the songs sounded like they might have in a far off time somewhere quite removed from our world
Can I say everything? That the book is a true classic goes without saying, and this superb audio performance brings the story to life.
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.
The range of Rob's vocalisation brings something unique to each character.
I wouldn't make a film... Peter Jackson's effort is too good to follow!
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