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
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. :)
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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.
post destruction of ring
uses voices and songs. A master of narrator. Best in the business
narration is like the first 2 books. Rob Inglis work in this trilogy is constant perfection
HE INCLUDES THE APPENDICES!!!!!
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.
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.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy is as good as ever. After reading the Hobbit books 23 times I have decided that it is just as good as an audio book, and am able to get other things done too! Love this story!
I Love young adult fiction, mysteries, clean stories with little swearing. Regency Romances are my favorite. I love fantasy, fantasy adventures, biographies, & historical fiction
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.
Audio version is better than the movie... Never read the book tho.
LOTR what isnt to like about it!
Great mythic story.
Tolkien has a great style quite appropriate for his mythic tale. He builds a consistent universe, borrowing elements from Norse and Celtic myth, mingled with the produce of his own rich imagination. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is among my favorite works of fictions. When I first read it some 40 years ago, it came to its end much too soon for my liking, despite the length of the books.
Rob Inglis is an excellent narrator, with the possible exception of his rendering of Tolkien’s verse into song. He has a rich, theatrical voice, and is (especially in comparison to some other narrators’ work) thoroughly professional in his performance. Also of interest to those who are wondering: the narrator DOES include Tolkien appendices.
It was helpful hearing the pronunciation of Elvish words, phrases, and names. I also typically listen to audiobooks only during lengthy car rides. This production is quite suitable for such journeys, keeping you alert and engaged.
One would have to have a very long sitting to do this!
One of the appendices included in this volume is some introductory material from the first volume of the series, _The Fellowship of the Ring_. I can see where including it at the start of that volume might not suit the desire of some listeners to jump right into the tale. As is, this information – basic background of the nature of Hobbits – comes too late to be helpful to any listeners not familiar with them. Perhaps audible should consider restoring this to the _Fellowship_, with an option of skipping directly to the tale if desired?
This is a great classic trilogy. Few people have never heard of or enjoyed this story in one way or another so I would like to focus on the performance.
I believe this story, with its diverse characters and languages, would be overwhelming to say the least. Rob Inglis not only accepted taking on this challenging journey but did so with much success.
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