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The Return of the King Audiobook

The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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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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    Punkrockin4220 Minnesota 03-18-16
    Punkrockin4220 Minnesota 03-18-16

    Fantasy All Day Every Day!

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    "The Greatest Fantasy Story Of All Time"
    Would you listen to The Return of the King again? Why?

    Yes. Because it's the greatest adventure someone could on without leaving there house.


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

    This one is up there with the rest. Rob Inglis is one of the best narrator's out there.


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    Robert Inglis is one of the best narrators out there. I remember about 5 or 6 years ago I listened to The Hobbit with him narrating and I fell in love with his many character voices and his excitement when he read. I couldn't wait to download and listen to these books once I remembered who narrated them. I am now on The Earthsea Cycle just because of his good narration style. Lord of The Rings the movies are great! Don't get me wrong but I still think the book and him narrating are better!! I feel like he hit the voices perfectly. If you haven't read, watched or listened to Lord of The Rings and you enjoy fantasy you are missing out. You owe it to yourself to read what made fantasy what it is today. You can't go wrong with Robert Inglis either. I wish he did more books to be honest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-13-16
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    "Love."

    I've read this series so many times over the years, but hearing it read was amazing. This is a series made to be read out loud.

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    DAVID CHRISTOPHER WALLIS 02-13-16 Member Since 2015

    I like them books

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    "Still The Greatest"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Tolkien created a vast world with rich history. Each character, not just the main ones, are well thought out with their own unique history and personality. You feel like you're only getting a glimpse or slice of a larger picture. The story is complete, but you want to know more about everything else going on in the world.


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    lilGypsyFirefly 10-31-15
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    "fantastic!!"

    I absolutely love the voice and cadence of the narration. I have already read the books more than once and have been an avid Tolkien fan basically for as long as I can remember - Inglis excellently captures the depth and rich spirit of these clasics!

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    G. Parish 10-15-15
    G. Parish 10-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "A solid ending"

    All threads are wrapped up, including little ones you have likely forgotten, A solid ending to the tale.

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    ali ferret Brisbane, Australia 06-05-15
    ali ferret Brisbane, Australia 06-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Still a wonderful story"

    Rob Ingliss does justice to this classic work. It's well with listening to the appendix as well where you can find out about some of the events both before and after the times narrated in the books.

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    Ark1836 05-28-15
    Ark1836 05-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The Finale to a Classic"

    I read the entire series in high school and decided to listen to it again on Audible. The story is, of course, a masterpiece and well-worth listening to again. My only complaint is that this is an older recording. The narrator does a good job--no real complaints but this is such an iconic and popular story that I think it deserves being updated to include multiple narrators such as Audible has done with Ender's Game, Dracula, Dune, etc...

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    Sonny 05-25-15
    Sonny 05-25-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfection!"

    The story is unmatched. I have listened to the LOTR at least three times each year and I NEVER grow tired of it. That and the stellar narration makes these aufiobooks my all-time favourites!

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    Margaret SYRACUSE, NY, United States 06-16-13
    Margaret SYRACUSE, NY, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "How could I be disappointed?"

    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.

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    Dubi New York, NY 06-28-17
    Dubi New York, NY 06-28-17

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Many Happy Returns"

    How strange it feels to give this book only four stars, and feeling generous in doing so. It's been one of the five-star books of my life. I've re-read the Ring trilogy at least a dozen times, read it to my daughter at bedtime 2-3 pages at a time over the span of months. This is my first listen, but I don't think the audio format diminished it at all -- on the contrary, Rob Inglis is rightfully lauded in Tolkien circles for his legendary narration.

    I'm tempted to blame the movie, which may have been the best entry in the trilogy, the one that won the Oscar. The tale of how Gollum got the ring starts it off (Gandalf tells it to Frodo in Tolkien's Fellowship), Shelob is saved for The Return (in Tolkien it is the cliffhanger ending to Towers), and much of what happens after Aragorn is crowned is omitted, most notably the Scouring of the Shire, where the returning hobbits liberate the Shire from Saruman.

    But it's not the fault of the movie. Asked about Shelob, director Peter Jackson said there was little to propel the story of Frodo and Sam in The Return, and he's right -- the three chapters leading to Mount Doom are just drudgery (for them). Having Faramir charge to his doom to the sound of Pippin singing a sad song is a welcome respite from the repetitive descriptions of so many battle scenes. Showing the Paths of the Dead instead of having Legolas recount it is fantastic. Showing is also better than telling Gollum's backstory -- without that prologue, the book's best character would hardly be seen until the climax at Mount Doom.

    As for the Scouring, it is as much a shame to leave that out as it was to omit Tom Bombadil and other Shire-side episodes from the Fellowship film, but the truth is that that is the only good chapter out of all that comes after Mount Doom -- five hours of epilogue after the story reaches its climax ten hours in. Yes, there are many happy returns in The Return of the King, but that is just too much, much of it too tedious.

    And then there are three hours of preface and appendices, which you can easily skip, unless you are a die-hard Tolkien completist. Even a longtime devotee like me, having skipped it in most of my re-readings, found it difficult to plow through them in audio, as I felt I must.

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