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A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the third book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.
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  • hannah
  • wellington, New Zealand
  • 01-28-11

Fantastic climax to the trilogy

This I think is the best of the 3 parts in this dramatised series by the BBC. It still contains enough plot to be exciting and the music and sound effects are very complimentary to it's production.
I can't wait to have time to listen to it again, which I think is best done in large chunks of listening time so that you get emerced into the plot.
Don't buy this if you want plot information purity.

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  • Michael
  • russellville, AR, United States
  • 01-12-12

Simply Epic

This is quite possibly the greatest story ever told. This should be required reading for every single person on the planet.

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Excellent.

Return of the King picks up right where Two Towers left off. After accidentally revealing himself to Sauron via the Palantir of Orthanc, Pippin is taken to the city of Minas Tirith by Gandalf, who suspects that Sauron's next move may be to target that city. Meri is put in the care of King Theoden of Rohan. Aragorn, Gimley and Legolas go in search of the mysterious Paths of the Dead, a haunted road which provides the only chance Aragorn has of reaching Minas Tirith before the city is lost. And Sam Gamgee embarks on a desperate mission to rescue Frodo who, left comatose by Shelob's venomous sting, was subsequently discovered by a band of Orc soldiers, though fortunately not before Sam, mistaking Frodo for dead and resolving to see the quest through to its end on his own if possible, took the Ring from his friend. But even if he succeeds, only time will tell whether they'll have the strength to see the quest through to its ultimate end, much less whether that end will come on Mount Doom with the destruction of the Ring.
As with the first two installments, the BBC did an excellent job on this one. Ian Holm does an excellent job of conveying the terrible changes the ordeal has wrought in Frodo, and definitely leagues better than Elijah Wood's rather wussy performance in the films. Peter Woodthorpe is the perfect combination of scary and pathetic in his portrayal of Gollum. So all in all this is an excellent production surpassed only by the Rob Inglis narrated unabridged productions, which Audible has finally made available. So if you haven't given this production a listen you might just be in for a good time.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Lot of fun

This was my first audio book and I really enjoyed it. Not just because it is one of my favorite movies, books and now audio but because I was able to crochet while listening to it. I'm a crafter so this kind of thing really makes me happy. I like being able to multitask. I can't wait to find another book to listen too. With my eyes going slowly this is a God send.

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  • Paula
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 04-11-10

Nicely Dramatised

I've read the triligy several times and love the unabridged work, however this dramatised version has very good voices and pace. I don't care for the singing, but I tend to fast forward through that and it's just part of the story.

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Great listening

Great, with a lot more detail and story then the three movies! Liked it very much!

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Pure Delight

This dramatization is wonderfully done and true to the book. A pure delight to listen to!

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I wanted only one thing...

for sombody to throw these damn random opera singers in a volcano along withe the ring.

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My favorite book of the three by far!!

Greatest story ever, loved all three books but this one is my very favorite out of them all!!

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Well read disappointingly edited

The voice actors did a nice job but I didn't expect the book to be so heavily abridged. Scenes I treasured were altered or omitted yet much time was dedicated to full renditions of songs.

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  • Andrew J Nolan
  • 02-15-16

An excellent end to a great trilogy

This instalment is like the rest in the series. A great story brought to life by a great cast. An excellent listen.

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  • sally
  • 08-25-09

Wonderful tolkein

I realy enjoyed this dramatisation. i am aware it is not a recent one but it stands the test of time.

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  • James Garbutt
  • 09-29-17

Loved it

Loved this. Well worth a listen! I have always been a fan of The Lord of the Rings from childhood. And this is a beautifully done performance

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  • Susan
  • 08-28-17

Excellent in all aspects

Loved it when. first broadcast. A brilliant production. Wonderful to have it on my phone.

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  • Ross Elliott
  • 08-10-17

excellent

Fabulous dramatisation. Wonderful voices which i remember dearly from childhood in the 80s when this series was first broadcast. Sadly many of these great actors have died now. They leave a master piece radio drama legacy.

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  • MR SIMON HALL
  • 08-06-16

3rd Best

Really realy really love it its the 3rd best book in the siries wach film

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  • phill
  • 04-01-16

fantastic books

fantastic books....I listen all the time to them in work
they should do The Hobbit books as well

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  • S.
  • 12-01-15

Great way to reread the set of books

I have read the books and watched the films and realised bits were changed or missing so it was good to be able to sit back and listen whilst spotting where the changes had been made. The dramatisation was good and added to the overall atmosphere and story telling. I would recommend this to any Lord of the rings fan. I enjoyed the experience greatly.

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  • R S ROBINSON
  • 05-29-15

Just awesome

Every bit as good as the films. Better in many respects. An absolutely brilliant production.

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  • Tess
  • 04-05-15

Good story well told

As good as ever, and faithful to the original, though the songs are somewhat irritating, they do have relevance to the plot at least