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This I think is the best of the 3 parts in this dramatised series by the BBC. It still contains enough plot to be exciting and the music and sound effects are very complimentary to it's production.
I can't wait to have time to listen to it again, which I think is best done in large chunks of listening time so that you get emerced into the plot.
Don't buy this if you want plot information purity.
This is quite possibly the greatest story ever told. This should be required reading for every single person on the planet.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
Return of the King picks up right where Two Towers left off. After accidentally revealing himself to Sauron via the Palantir of Orthanc, Pippin is taken to the city of Minas Tirith by Gandalf, who suspects that Sauron's next move may be to target that city. Meri is put in the care of King Theoden of Rohan. Aragorn, Gimley and Legolas go in search of the mysterious Paths of the Dead, a haunted road which provides the only chance Aragorn has of reaching Minas Tirith before the city is lost. And Sam Gamgee embarks on a desperate mission to rescue Frodo who, left comatose by Shelob's venomous sting, was subsequently discovered by a band of Orc soldiers, though fortunately not before Sam, mistaking Frodo for dead and resolving to see the quest through to its end on his own if possible, took the Ring from his friend. But even if he succeeds, only time will tell whether they'll have the strength to see the quest through to its ultimate end, much less whether that end will come on Mount Doom with the destruction of the Ring.
As with the first two installments, the BBC did an excellent job on this one. Ian Holm does an excellent job of conveying the terrible changes the ordeal has wrought in Frodo, and definitely leagues better than Elijah Wood's rather wussy performance in the films. Peter Woodthorpe is the perfect combination of scary and pathetic in his portrayal of Gollum. So all in all this is an excellent production surpassed only by the Rob Inglis narrated unabridged productions, which Audible has finally made available. So if you haven't given this production a listen you might just be in for a good time.
This was my first audio book and I really enjoyed it. Not just because it is one of my favorite movies, books and now audio but because I was able to crochet while listening to it. I'm a crafter so this kind of thing really makes me happy. I like being able to multitask. I can't wait to find another book to listen too. With my eyes going slowly this is a God send.
I've read the triligy several times and love the unabridged work, however this dramatised version has very good voices and pace. I don't care for the singing, but I tend to fast forward through that and it's just part of the story.
Fantastic performance. better than the minds eye production. Tolkien himself would be proud. I enjoyed listening to this every step of the way.
i used to be an accountant
I keep coming back to this marvellous production. A heartfelt rendition of a truly excellent story. Definitely up there with the movies.
"An excellent end to a great trilogy"
This instalment is like the rest in the series. A great story brought to life by a great cast. An excellent listen.
I realy enjoyed this dramatisation. i am aware it is not a recent one but it stands the test of time.
Really realy really love it its the 3rd best book in the siries wach film
fantastic books....I listen all the time to them in work
they should do The Hobbit books as well
"Great way to reread the set of books"
I have read the books and watched the films and realised bits were changed or missing so it was good to be able to sit back and listen whilst spotting where the changes had been made. The dramatisation was good and added to the overall atmosphere and story telling. I would recommend this to any Lord of the rings fan. I enjoyed the experience greatly.
"Fantastic final part of the Lord of the Rings"
Fantastic final part of this BBC dramatisation. Well acted too. Well worth purchasing as well.
Every bit as good as the films. Better in many respects. An absolutely brilliant production.
"Good story well told"
As good as ever, and faithful to the original, though the songs are somewhat irritating, they do have relevance to the plot at least
"Suffers at the end"
The book as a whole finishes about half way through the programme here. Though that is not because of the production it is because of the story as a whole.
When the bulk of the action is over ther is a huge amount of story that I just do not care for and this lets Return of the King down. Up until then there is no problems, but after...there are.
The songs are also a hit too prominent here but hey, Tolkien did like his songs.
Tl;Dr: This is representative k f the book but you can stop about half way through.
"Beautiful story brilliant narration"
Not exactly. Both have different strengths but both are good in their own way. If you want to imagine a 'The Lord of the Rings' play the audio edition is perfect.
No book is comparable to this one. It is quite unique.
Hope and belief that what is good will endure, come what may.
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