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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Louise in NYC 01-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic"

    How could one not love Tolkien's masterpiece, and the narrator's voice brings the characters alive.

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    Paul B. Monday Highlands Ranch, CO 01-23-17
    Paul B. Monday Highlands Ranch, CO 01-23-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Good Performance, Lots of Elf Singing"
    If you could sum up The Return of the King in three words, what would they be?

    The King Returns


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Frodo, listening really brought a perspective on the weariness that I didn't always "hear" when I read the trilogy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had a new appreciation for the sacking of Saruman's keep. It was the first time I really thought about an anti-machine message that is weaved into the book. I went back and listened again to a few of the notes about Saruman losing his powers by the embrace of machines to do his work. Again, something that I wasn't slapped in the face with as a reader caught up in the battles.


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

    I accidentally forgot all of the singing, sorry about that.


    Any additional comments?

    Elf songs cause sleepiness. Be sure to set your Amazon Echo to turn off after 15 minutes.

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    Rory Michael Hannan 01-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Strong Series Finish"
    Where does The Return of the King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best fantasy books. Return of the King closes the chapters of the fellowship companions; fully wrapping up most loose ends. Epic battles, touching moments, and throw backs to Fellowship, Two Towers, and the Hobbit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam Gamgee steals just about every scene he is in.


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

    Consistent and colorful.


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

    Eowyn, Merry, Pippen, and Sam all get a lot of great parts in a series where they sit on the sidelines for most of it. Beregond and Pippen's part is a great side thread.


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    Travis Knight Oswego, NY 01-18-17
    Travis Knight Oswego, NY 01-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A classic, but also a trial"

    Holy cow does the last act of this book drag out. I get the aesthetic and technical reasons why the denouement is so long, but there's theory, and there's execution, and this is a particularly slow and airless one.

    My least favorite part of this is the elves. how I hates them, filthy elvses.

    Anyway, it's fine. If you make it through the previous volume, you might as well see it through.

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    Robert 01-17-17
    Robert 01-17-17 Member Since 2013
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    "JRR TOLKIEN...PRAISE HIM WITH GREAT PRAISE."

    PRAISE HIM WITH GREAT PRAISE. PRAISE HIM WITH GREAT PRAISE. SOMETIMES YOU DON'T HAVE THE WORDS.

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    Richard Andersons 01-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic Conclusion to this audio series!"
    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Inglis had a way of reminding me of the movie epic, of the older animated versions, and even touched on the voices of characters and the way they sounded to me in my head whenever I read the print version. I really enjoyed Inglis' performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at several points! Although I've read this series time and again since I was in grade school, listening to it on audio was like hearing the story for the first time. I laughed and wanted to cry when the battle at Minas Tirith was over, when the ring was finally cast in the depths of fire, and during the many partings.


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    Dwayne 12-27-16
    Dwayne 12-27-16
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    "amazing"

    this book was my favorite of the three
    so good. so well performed. buy it!

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    Pissed Off Jedi 12-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A historic tale to last the ages!"

    This book and, indeed, this series should be read by men and women of all ages so that their imagination will be kindled and burn brightly forever.

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    Schottman 11-28-16
    Schottman 11-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Greatest Trilogy ever written."

    The narration is done with skill and subtlety oft missed in works of fiction. The skill here matched that of the author. This perhaps is the greatest work of fiction this world has ever known.

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    @K_Speckmann 11-28-16 Member Since 2015

    Expat Beginner | Loving Husband | Mensch | Helpful Professional ↗️

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    "Untold Tales Unfolding in my Mind..."

    Wonderful!
    The performance of Rob Inglis made me not want to stop. I only did as sleep is important ;-)
    The tales told with utmost detail painted so many more pictures in my mind than the movies could. The extra material helps grasping the love of detail J.R.R. Tolkien put into character development.
    Highly recommended, after listening to the first two, of course.

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