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The Return of the King Audiobook

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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    Cassidy 09-25-14
    Cassidy 09-25-14

    Just a tremendous nerd and Tolkien fanatic in Northern Michigan.

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    "Absolutely Incredible"
    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    I have been a Tolkien fan since I was able to comprehend the written word. This version of the book, besides the obvious advantage of being unabridged, brings back thoughts of a time before my own; when visual media was still in it's infancy, and radio actors were the stars of the day. It is far more difficult to portray a scene without visually perceiving it, and the mixture of Tolkien's impecible writing style as relayed by Rob Inglis' powerful voice (which he does in fact inflect differently for every character. The almost foolish naievety of Pippin as contrasted by the slow, measured and powerful cadence of Gandalf in the first scene being a prime example.) is wonderfully immersive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Easily the scene that reveals the existence of The Grey Company. His portrayal of Halbarad is easily a favorite (my predisposition to love the Dúnedain notwithstanding)


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

    The entire passage from the Fields of Cormallen to the end of Theoden's funeral feast.


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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 22 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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    Zachary Carlson Nebraska 03-27-14
    Zachary Carlson Nebraska 03-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narrator, will listen to more by Rob Inglis."
    Where does The Return of the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    4


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam, he never gave up hope and was very faithful to his friends.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    By far the greatest narrator I have listen ever.


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

    When Sam with all his anger towards Golem still spared his life.


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-21-14
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Return of the King of Fantacy!"
    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic, wonderful, perfect! Need more accolades listen for yourself.

    Seriously, I am a life long fan of the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. I have read them in text 6 or 7 times and I am VERY happy I listened to this version. Tolkien is not on THE master of story telling but a king himself with his flowing descriptive prose. Robert Inglis does an absolutely superb job with the naration and where you may not agree with his choice of tone or timber for a specific character you become so lost in the story you accept them as real and he becomes those characters.

    I recommend this book and this series over anything in the Audible Library. I did not want it to ever end! And i know i will listen again!

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    Michael WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 01-12-14
    Michael WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    it was nice to hear it read which gave it a different perspective at times


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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 01-08-14
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 01-08-14 Member Since 2015

    Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.

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    "The king return's haza"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would because it is a classic that defined most modern fantasies


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

    GIANT GHOST ARMY OF DOOM


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    Chad Murray, UT, United States 11-29-13
    Chad Murray, UT, United States 11-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Tolkien is brilliant..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Return of the King to be better than the print version?

    Not really. Two different mediums, two different audiences, two different feels.


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

    I love the interaction between Sam and Gollum. It makes it even more fun when you know that in the end, Gollum really is an essential part of the quest.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Loved his portrayal of Gollum! When I hear Gollum talk in my head, it's Inglis's voice that dominates.


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

    I can never stay awake long enough to listen to much of anything in one sitting. It was certainly a book that I wanted to get back to when time allowed.


    Any additional comments?

    Awesome story. Masterpiece.

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    Amazon Customer big orange country 09-25-13
    Amazon Customer big orange country 09-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Robert Inglis doesawonderful job presenting"
    If you could sum up The Return of the King in three words, what would they be?

    this is wonderful presentation!


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

    this is wonderful presentation!


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

    this is wonderful presentation!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    this is wonderful presentation!


    Any additional comments?

    this is wonderful presentation!

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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 08-25-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "The last didn't let me down"

    I just finished reading the Hobbit for the first time and to tell you the truth I really don't know what possessed me to move on to this because I really didn't like the Hobbit. This was much improved.
    I am a huge fan of G R R Martin and I was looking for an epic fantasy after finished Song of Fire and Ice series. The Hobbit let me down and everyone told me to try Lord of the Rings. I am glad I did.
    Great story, great author and great narrator. I finished the series in record time and wish there were more.

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    R. Compton Blountsville, AL 08-25-13
    R. Compton Blountsville, AL 08-25-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "What a GREAT story!"

    The Literary Guild knew of what they spoke when they called the "Lord of the Rings" the "Novel of the century"1

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