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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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    Sylvestor 07-14-17
    Sylvestor 07-14-17
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    "Why can't everyone be as original as this?"

    Why is the preface at the end of the last book in the series?

    I see why people kept asking Tolkein about what was happening in other places and times in his little world.

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    Magi Smith 07-02-17
    Magi Smith 07-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Aragorn is not your sassy gay friend"
    If you could sum up The Return of the King in three words, what would they be?

    This Review goes for the whole series. Tolkien is the master, of course. Everyone loves TLITR. I have heard that The Return of the King goes on too long after the resolution of central conflict, but I love seeing these beloved characters all return to where they belong. I enjoy the long, relaxing wind-down.
    Anyway, the reading is dated in that the gentleman's voice makes the men sound painfully effeminate. The book needs to be read by a more masculine person.


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    John N. 06-18-17
    John N. 06-18-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Finding heart in the performance"
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    Ive been trying since my teens to get into these stories and always found them laborious to read, overly detailed, and poorly described until now. these performances were a saving grace.

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    Kris 06-16-17
    Kris 06-16-17
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    "Terrific Book & Performance!"

    The work put into this had to have been crazy. It's very well done and well worth your time if you're a fan of the series.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing trilogy"

    loved the entire series. Rob Inglis is an amazing narrator and I highly recommend this reading to anyone starting out into audio books (as I have just done)

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    david 06-04-17
    david 06-04-17
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    "Perfect classic!"

    This classic story with the expert, awesome and suburb performance by Rob Inglis. This is what listening to a book is all about in my opinion, almost as good as an all cast reading for the narrator did a great job preforming all the different characters. It would be awesome to hear an all star rendition! Like by the actors who play their characters in the movie, could be the characters in the audible. (Just a perfect idea thrown in the air). This ones gets a two thumbs up!

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    Rick Diamond 05-31-17
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    "beautiful"

    an amazing end to a well told story. I've never experienced this story in audio only and it was very rewarding

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    Elizabeth P 05-29-17
    Elizabeth P 05-29-17
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    "LOTR Great series"

    This Narrator made it easier to follow the characters speaking. Would highly recommend this series.

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    Amazon Customer 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful!"

    The narrator of these books was just amazing! Truly enjoyable and well worth the purchase.

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    Brian Gordon San Francisco 05-11-17
    Brian Gordon San Francisco 05-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    I *have* to complain about the pronunciation in this volume of the definitive audio performance of the wonderful LOTR series. Not the crazy made-up Tolkienesque words. I mean standard English words. In an 18-hour audio book there are a lot of opportunities for embarrassing gaffes and Inglis makes full use of them. I rolled my eyes at least a dozen times at awful pronunciation mistakes. The worst and most persistent was that Inglis doesn't realize that "wont" (as in "as was his wont to do") doesn't rhyme with "don't."

    That one-star ding to the performance is the only criticism I can possibly level against this performance and this volume.

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