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The Return of the King (Dramatized) Radio/TV Program

The Return of the King (Dramatized)

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the original American full dramatization, as broadcast on National Public Radio.

War rages in the west, a titanic battle of will and strategy between the great wizard Gandalf and Sauron, the dark lord. Meanwhile, eastward in Mordor, Frodo and Sam approach the end of their improbable quest, bearing the One Ring ever closer to the Cracks of Doom, and to a final confrontation with the very essence of evil.

They're precious! Listen to all of our classic NPR dramatizations of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series:

  • The Hobbit (Dramatized)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatized)
  • The Two Towers (Dramatized)

    © Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R. Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R. Tolkien; (P)1979, 1994 HighBridge Company

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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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      "An excellent rendition!"

      "The Hobbit (Dramatized)" and "the Lord of the Rings (Dramatized)" were the first books I bought through Audible. I'd heard this recounting on the radio and owned cassettes of them back in the 70's and was eager to rehear them in this format - which I have done several times.
      I've been a fan of the good Professor's books since the mid 60's and account this rendition to be a VERY close "second" to the books, themselves, and the unabridged rendition now available!
      They are an excellent telling and well worth purchasing!

      2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Moose MaGee USA 04-14-12
      Moose MaGee USA 04-14-12

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      "NOT a reading of the book...be forewarned"
      Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

      not if they intended to "read" the book...the cast varies from same...


      Who was your favorite character and why?

      Gandalf - saved the world of Middle Earth


      Did An Ensemble Cast do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

      yes, but it plays like a 1940s radio show


      Did The Return of the King (Dramatized) inspire you to do anything?

      yes, read more carefully the reviews before I buy a download


      2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Amazon Customer 08-08-16 Member Since 2015

      Social Worker

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      "Silly rendition of the story. It was bad."
      Would you try another book from J.R.R. Tolkien and/or full cast?

      Not full cast


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

      The book is great. The performances were terrible.


      How could the performance have been better?

      They could have not done it.


      What character would you cut from The Return of the King (Dramatized)?

      All


      Any additional comments?

      Nope.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      Stephen Laudig na 06-01-14
      Stephen Laudig na 06-01-14 Member Since 2014

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      "Just awful and inauthentic"
      Would you try another book from J.R.R. Tolkien and/or An Ensemble Cast?

      Poor, cheap production quality. No emotional resonance. Just the worst. avoid this


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

      having to read an american tragedy in high school english


      What didn’t you like about An Ensemble Cast’s performance?

      the 'cast' may be okay but the tinny production quality makes it lame.


      What character would you cut from The Return of the King (Dramatized)?

      not my problem.


      Any additional comments?

      runaway, a balrog of a performance.

      0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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