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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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Lore filled

Tolkien does not hesitate in filling his stories with lore, the last few hours of this book is Middle Earth history.

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The great end to a great story

Rob Inglis does a fantastic job narrating this story. This is the unabridged version of the story with an essay by Tolkien at the end giving more detail on the peoples and places of middle earth.

This is a great end to the LotR story and it's no wonder that so much pop culture comes from Tolkiens work.

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Disappointed but interested

Fun to h at an alternate ending than the movies and nice to have the extra material after the Trilogy but honestly the reader got old by this book and the story wasn't as fulfilling as I hoped for. Still, recommended for the end.

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wonderful story :)

This is an absolute must for any who enjoy an adventure, i know i enjoyed it!!

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Amazing! The ending surprised me...

Just when I thought it would be boring, more conflict and battle arose. Bravo to the narrator and Mr Tolkien!

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Great narrator

Rob Inglis was wonderful for Tolkien. Singing the songs, coloring the voices for the different characters, wonderful is the word.

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Excellent

Rob Inglis narration is wonderful. I wish I had downloaded the book to read along, but it was such a pleasure to have a story read to me again😃

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Masterful.

Middle Earth is so vast and detailed on is nearly convinced that it is our very history, and we stand upon the very ground which these ledgon occured.

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great series LOTR!

The return of the king is a great book. only downside to the audible version is they put the authors notes at the end of this book instead of the beginning of the fellowship.that is my only complaint

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Excellent book read excellently

I loved everthing about Robert's performance reading this dearly loved book. He changed his voice for each character, sang the songs, and read very clearly with great excellence.