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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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    Natalie United States 10-12-12
    Natalie United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally!"

    I've listened to Fellowship and Two Towers on audiobook by the same narrator, and I had been trying to find Return of the King on CD from a bunch of different libraries and no such luck- but now it's finally here!

    Rob Inglis does a wonderful job as the reader, and gives the characters their own voice. I've read the books before and enjoyed them, so I knew that I would like this story- but if you have never read the books before then I definitely reccomend listening to this version. :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-15-12
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-15-12 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Great Story, Good Narration"

    The Lord of the Rings is a true classic and if you have not experienced it (or only experienced the movies) this recording should be a wonderful experience. This recording includes the prefix and appendices (both at the end of the recording), which might be dry for some, but is great for LOTR geeks. Having an unabridged Lord of the Rings on Audible has been long awaited and is terrific. If I had not been exposed to the NPR/Minds-Eye production of this series I would have been pretty happy with the narration. The Minds-Eye production was abridged but was a really excellent performance. Rob Ingles’ narration is very good, and he does particularly well presenting the difficult epic poetry sections, but I did not much like his singing and overall a simple narration can’t compete with the Minds-Eye performances. Nevertheless I was very happy to have this excellent unabridged version. I started out a little unhappy with the narration, but as time went on I just became quite immersed in the story.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth United States 05-27-13
    Ruth United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2010

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "May the Hair On Your Toes Never Fall Out!"

    We are at the end of our war trilogy. Some people like to call this book/movie the story with a thousand endings. I disagree. There are several things that have to be wrapped up in this story. Will the hobbits ever get home? Will Aragorn ever become king? Will Frodo and Sam fulfill their quest? Will your favorite characters still be standing when it is all over? Will good triumph over evil? Keep your eyebrows crossed and hang on to your walking sticks because this book is exciting! I have read it so many times, but it never gets old for me. I think over all that the Lord of the Rings is one of the best stories about friendship and enduring to the end that I have ever encountered. The history and poetry are delightful. Maybe I am biased because I am a Tolkien nut, but this book and the other two in the trilogy are fantasy at their best. If you can hang in there and if you are patient enough, the Appendices at the end offer some interesting back story you won't get anywhere else. I hope you like it as much as I do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    tobaly king point, NY, United States 03-29-13
    tobaly king point, NY, United States 03-29-13
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    If you could sum up The Return of the King in three words, what would they be?

    masterpiece


    What did you like best about this story?

    post destruction of ring


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

    uses voices and songs. A master of narrator. Best in the business


    Any additional comments?

    narration is like the first 2 books. Rob Inglis work in this trilogy is constant perfection

    HE INCLUDES THE APPENDICES!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret SYRACUSE, NY, United States 06-16-13
    Margaret SYRACUSE, NY, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "How could I be disappointed?"

    Sigh. This reading of the Return of the King is from the 1980's editions which have been altered from the 1960's editions that I'm familiar with. While I'm certain that the changes made to the story were well meant they are noticeable and irritating. I would appreciate it if , in the future, Audible would note the edition of the story that is being presented, especially when there are significant differences between the editions.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DeAnne United States 02-25-13
    DeAnne United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "brilliant end to a rich and riviting story"

    Rob Inglis narration of this beautiful series ,with it's richly imagined characters and places ,the poetry, the songs, left me wishing for more. If you have only seen the movies this series is a must read,or in this case even better ,narrated with such skill the story becomes even more vivid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexander Rochester hills, MI, United States 09-15-14
    Alexander Rochester hills, MI, United States 09-15-14 Member Since 2013

    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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    Amazon Customer 09-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Rob Inglis and JRR Tolkien in Perfect Partnership"
    Where does The Return of the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number One


    What other book might you compare The Return of the King to and why?

    Two juvenile series -- Oz and Harry Potter, all inspired by the classic Beowolf, came to mind during this book. There certainly seems to be a chain of inspiration among every hero adventure series, no matter the characters or settings.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favorite?

    Gandalf


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

    I both laughed out loud and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the audiobook on a road trip because I was in the middle of reading the books and they don't like you to read while driving. It couldn't have made the travel more delightful. If I could, after this experience, I'd walk around listening to a great audiobook all the time, and never engage in real life again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zachary Carlson Nebraska 03-27-14
    Zachary Carlson Nebraska 03-27-14 Member Since 2014
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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 2008
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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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