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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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wonderfully narrated

The product of Tolkien and Englis together is wonderful to behold. The extra content at the end was a superb surprise

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still one of my favorite books

still after many years I still consider this to be in my favorite book out of the entirety hope Lord of the Rings

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Listen to the Appendices at the end!

The appendices are well worth a listen, they have lots of great LotR info and it's presented for the most part in story fashion

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A Great End to a True Epic

This book is a wonderful culmination of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It brings all of the themes together and continues to build the characters out wonderfully. Although there is much I could say about this book, I want to focus particularly on the end and how rare it is that we see not only the end of our heroes' adventures but also their return to everyday life. They must then deal with the adjustment of returning to "normal" life wherein they aren't fighting for their lives but just living with their neighbors and prospering. Indeed, despite my love for the Pelennor, my favorite part of the book was watching the heroes settle down into life after way, for as Faramir so aptly put, "I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend." This ending shows what all the warring and adventuring defended.

Thank you Tolkien and Rob Inglis for a wonderful audiobook.

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Wonderful Listen!!

Great story of adventure, friends, and battles. The people met along the way and the deep delve into the tall tale songs of their histories and how their woven together. Great listen! I highly recommend.

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A brilliant conclusion to an epic classic

The Lord of the Rings must be among the very top echelon of fictional stories in terms of its influence on literature and the number of lives it has affected.

Tolkien has created not just a setting for a story, but an entire world, with its own vast history, civilizations, languages, mythologies, and races.

For those who have only seen the movie adaptations of this story, you are in for a treat in reading the books as you will find the story richer and more enthralling that you might think. This audio performance absolutely captivated me. The narrator's voice and accent seemed to transport me to Middle Earth and allowed me to turn my imagination loose to enjoy the journey.

This, the third installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy does not fail to live up to the reputation of this story. Those familiar with Joseph Campbell's interpretation of the Hero's Journey will find all 12 stages present here and will relish the beautiful way this story is told.

There are only a handful of books I have every read or listened to more than once. This is one of the few that I have listened to several times. Over the years I have listened to all three books at least 4 or 5 times. Thus, from a purely financial standpoint, it has been a very good economic investment of my credits.

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  • Tanya Low
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This is the most best book I've ever read

I'd say everyone should read this book because it is super cool I'm only 9 and I like this book

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Utterly Fantastic to Listen To

I think it goes without saying that Tolkien was a master storyteller and that Lord of the Rings is, without doubt, one of the best fantasy series out there. One thing that does surprise me about the story is how much it lends itself to being an oral story. It's a fascinating listen, even when you already know the story.

The audio is perfect for those who don't want to tackle the books or are intimidated by the size of the trilogy. It moves quickly and has a stellar narrator.

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fantastic

one if my favorite books. the first two are a little tougher to get through. also includes the appendices at the end.

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One for the ages, folks

A priceless, legendary, once in a lifetime, series with only one or two women and just a pinch of European ethnocentrism.