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p>The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Return of the King.

Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook.

The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

Don't miss the rest of Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.
©1954, 1966 The Trustees of the J.R.R. Tolkien 1967 Settlement; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK

Critic Reviews

"An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent." (The Observer)
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Inglis sounds like Tolkien!

As far as I know, this is the only unabridged reading of LOTR, so if you want unabridged this is the one to go for! (if you want abridged, try the BBC full cast dramatisation).

Rob Inglis has a very traditional english voice - similar to Tolkien's own. He reads in a very measured way. Not only does he read the entire book (apart from the appendices), he also sings all of the songs. I think that he suits the reading, but I find sometimes he doesn't differentiate the characters enough, and the pace is not fast. I also find that he makes the hobbits a bit too "yokel" (rural english accent) for me.

That said, I enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it. The only thing to be aware of is that Audible have divided it into six separate audiobooks, so to listen to the whole of LOTR, you are going to have to buy them all.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Finally!

Would you listen to The Return of the King again? Why?

Absolutely. The narrator was excellent and the story is timeless.

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

(No spoilers, I promise) Toward the end there is a whole section that was not in the films at all. This was my first time reading and it made the story new again for a film fan.

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

Of course, but I don't want to give away anything.

Any additional comments?

As a long-time Lord of the Rings movie fan, I finally tuckered down and listened to the books. They are fantastic. They are filled with new (to me) characters and additional stories that you wouldn't know about if you'd only watched the films. Definitely get this series on your "to read" list.

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About the narrator

We all know that the book itself is really good. As for the narrator’s performance, it wouldn’t be better. He gives every character a distinct voice and his pronunciations are great. He even sang the songs in the book, and he did pretty well. I sometimes listen to the songs he sang. In brief, Rob Inglis is the best.

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I look forward to listening to it again next year

It's a fantastic book. I have read it before, but this time it was the best. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Inglis's recitation, which offered wonderful variations in voice without being annoying, as is often the case with this art.

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Don't miss this

I doubt there are any superlative words that haven't been applied to these books! I mean, of course the three books that make the complete story. They do what we wish all books would do, they transport us to a different world. They are so well written, that you suspend belief very early and move straight to middle earth. The characters become well known friends, and you share all their adventures with real emotional investment. These books will have you laughing, crying, holding you breath and shaking your head! As I am not an author, I can't make you understand how wonderful they are, nor how fabulous is the narration, so I'll have to leave it at that. I believe if you don't hear these you will honestly miss on of life's most special experiences.

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A ruse so hackneyed

Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best, in my top five.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sam, he's funny, humble, loyal to a fault.

Which scene was your favorite?

Making fun of the healers in Gondor for not knowing about Althalas.

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

Not so much moved, but the scene where Gandalf convinces the armies to march on Mordor essentially to distract them from Frodo. This has been copied in so many books, movies and other stories it's hard to count.

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Lord of the Nazgul!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this audio book to all Lord of the Rings fans as it enhances the reading experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aragorn is my favourite character for his wisdom and bravery and willingness to sacrifice everything to save Middle Earth.

What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

Rob Ingliss' performance of Lord of the Rings is excellent. His performance of Ghan-Buri-Ghan is brilliant and I loved the accent.

Any additional comments?

The Battle of Pellinor Field and The Pyre of Denethor are my favourite chapters in this part of the book.

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  • Siri
  • Tromsø, Norway
  • 05-20-13

Good old Tolkien.

The lord of the rings are a classic tale and I hope that it will stay living not just by nerds and geeks. The Return of the King is full of wonderful, trilling and hart rendering beauty, it has bravery and selfless actes. I love the story and it is a grand tail, it has in a way shaped me, I hope that it will give some other that joy and pleasure that good storys can give.

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At last I can Read LOTR

Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This, like another favourite of mine, The Count of Monte Christo, is a long book. It needs, and gets in Rob Inglis, a reader of restraint and character whose voice is at the service of the book. The story comes first and then, with subtle changes of inflection or accent we recognise different character's voices. It is going to be a favourite of mine for this alone.

What did you like best about this story?

The reader made the story come alive. I was able to enjoy the book and not struggle through LOTR as I did before in 'book form'. Not everyone loved the books - I gave up, but the films inspired me to try again with this Audible audio book. The books are different but I enjoyed it and the film in equal measure.

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

I have only heard Mr Inglis read Tolkien but find him an excellent reader for the series that make up the Lord of the Rings books.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"What do you mean you haven't heard the Audible version?" :-)

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  • Paul J Day
  • 04-06-16

Great book but missing extra chapters

Generally well read but disappointed that the last few CDs after the end of the main book are not included. Also narrator sometimes slips into the wrong accent.

Overall though a very good listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Darren
  • 02-15-16

An epic saga

A truly epic ending to the greatest book ever written.Have read the book many times myself so it was nice to be read to for a change

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Jakob
  • 04-13-13

Timeless classic

Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.

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  • PJJ Ryan
  • 09-16-09

Lord of the Rings Return of the King Vol 1

A very well read adaptation of the Lord of the Rings. Gret pace when required and unashamed renditions of songs etc.. all the beauty of Tolkien's language brought to life

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • DJ Morpheus
  • 01-23-10

One 'Book' To Rule Them All!

WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.

If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.

Absolutely brilliant!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-17

First time listening to the book

I loved these books more than I loved the films. Books always better as the flims gotta cut out parts.

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  • Woosy
  • 12-14-16

Tremendous

Goes without saying, a fantastic story brilliantly read. Makes time working at my sewing machine speed away.

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  • Lemonjapp
  • 07-16-16

A singed loaf of bread's understatement

Perfect performance, except for the narrator's lack of ghusto when singing.
Probably the greatest piece of creative literature humanity shall ever produce. Highly recommended.

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  • Ian
  • 04-02-16

Read the book, saw the movie, loved the audiobook

I'll skip the review of the story, we all know it, its a 'Genius at work' moment. However, seeing the trilogy in the cinema, in advance of listening to this epic tale, I think improved the listen. Peter Jackson's characters almost fitted my imagining perfectly and this made listening, aided by a fantastic narration, a breeze. Oh, that there were more of it's kind out there.

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  • JPH
  • 12-27-15

A Classic

I read this book many years ago well before the hype caused by the wonderful films by Peter Jackson, my only slightly negative obsevation is that when reading the book you can skip passed the many LONG songs but when listening you have to put up with the constant breaking onto song. Saying that though the audible version didn't dissapoint a classic tale thoroughly recommended.

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  • dave
  • 11-04-16

The Lord of the Rings - The return of the King

Absolutely stunning reading by Rob Inglis.

I first read LotR over 50 years ago and my personal internal characterisations were entirely matched by Rob's interpretations of each of the characters so excellently drawn by Prof Tolkien.
Only regret is not buying this amazing rendition years ago

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  • Jim
  • 09-05-17

Lacks the appendices

Quite sadly, none of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings are included. Everything else is great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-31-17

loved it

Loved it so much, so much more than the movie. would listen to al again and again.

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  • Electricplum
  • 08-14-17

Great book, Not so great performance

This is an amazing book and the author is almost a poet. I really wish that the songs weren't so slow. I much prefer the songs in the movies. An amazing book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-17

Best story ever

My favourite book since 1969 really enjoyed the Audible production, actually prefer the reading to the movie version.

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  • Ben
  • 07-04-17

An Epic for the Generations...

Narrator was good. Story was fantastic. An absolute classic and one that I'll keep coming back to, time after time after time.

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  • Melistopher
  • 06-26-17

The conclusion of an epic tale from Middle Earth

The final book in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy concludes the third age of Middle-Earth. The ring bearer completes his quest, ending the War of the Ring, although, the end is bittersweet. Each version of the story has been told differently, depending upon the medium used. The original book contains a rather large appendices for the reader to further explore the myths & legends of Middle Earth, while the audio book (sadly) removes them finishing up at the end of the story. I recall Peter Jackson's cinematic adaptation pretty much finishing with the coronation of the new King & ignoring much of the events afterwards in the book except the very last chapter, so I think the changes made to the audio book version are appropriate. The epic tale is narrated & occasionally sung enthusiastically by Rob Inglis, who always breathes life into the various characters. It's a very easy listen for those already invested in the epic tale & ends too soon with an emotional farewell.

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  • kayleigh
  • 05-15-17

lotr

Would you listen to The Return of the King again? Why?

yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

sam, the most down to earth and realistic character

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

dont know but someone who can deliver the important speeches and moments (eg when in mordor and sam says 'i cant carry the ring but i can carry you' - rob inglis made this scene very weak, as well as the whole chapter at mount doom) with the conviction they deserve and need unlike rob inglis

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

sam saving frodo in mordor

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  • Nicholas
  • 04-27-17

Great book

Really enjoyed listening to this book in all its detail. Forgot all about the songs.

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  • Mark J Schipper
  • 04-01-17

Best series ive ever read/heard.

Best series of books ive ever read/heard. ive wanted to experience these and was nit disappointed.