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The Return of the King Audiobook

The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings, Book 3

Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.
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p>The complete, unabridged audiobook of The Return of the King.

Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook.

The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

©1954, 1966 The Trustees of the J.R.R. Tolkien 1967 Settlement; (P)1991 Recorded Books, LLC; This edition published 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd., London, UK

What the Critics Say

"An extraordinary book. It deals with a stupendous theme. It leads us through a succession of strange and astonishing episodes, some of them magnificent." (The Observer)
"Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century." (Sunday Telegraph)

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    PJJ Ryan 16/09/2009
    PJJ Ryan 16/09/2009 Member Since 2008
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    "Lord of the Rings Return of the King Vol 1"

    A very well read adaptation of the Lord of the Rings. Gret pace when required and unashamed renditions of songs etc.. all the beauty of Tolkien's language brought to life

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    DJ Morpheus 23/01/2010
    DJ Morpheus 23/01/2010
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    "One 'Book' To Rule Them All!"

    WOW!! Absolutely superb! A truly amazing book, from start to finish. The Lord of the Rings movies, really don't even scratch the surface. This is, without doubt, a masterpiece. Excellently written, and narrated with style.

    If you've watched the movies, and think you know what Lord of the Rings is about, think again. Get this book, and you will understand what I mean.

    Absolutely brilliant!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jakob 13/04/2013
    Jakob 13/04/2013
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    "Timeless classic"

    Marvelously done, perfect voice for the story and brings to life everything I loved about the books the first time I read them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darren 15/02/2016
    Darren 15/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "An epic saga"

    A truly epic ending to the greatest book ever written.Have read the book many times myself so it was nice to be read to for a change

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul J Day 06/04/2016
    Paul J Day 06/04/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book but missing extra chapters"

    Generally well read but disappointed that the last few CDs after the end of the main book are not included. Also narrator sometimes slips into the wrong accent.

    Overall though a very good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 02/04/2016
    Ian 02/04/2016
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    "Read the book, saw the movie, loved the audiobook"

    I'll skip the review of the story, we all know it, its a 'Genius at work' moment. However, seeing the trilogy in the cinema, in advance of listening to this epic tale, I think improved the listen. Peter Jackson's characters almost fitted my imagining perfectly and this made listening, aided by a fantastic narration, a breeze. Oh, that there were more of it's kind out there.

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    Angela 15/02/2016
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    "wonderful"

    beautiful characterisation you truly follow them to hell and back and would willingly do so again

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    JPH Hertfordshire 27/12/2015
    JPH Hertfordshire 27/12/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "A Classic"

    I read this book many years ago well before the hype caused by the wonderful films by Peter Jackson, my only slightly negative obsevation is that when reading the book you can skip passed the many LONG songs but when listening you have to put up with the constant breaking onto song. Saying that though the audible version didn't dissapoint a classic tale thoroughly recommended.

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    n 25/01/2015
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    "Tolkien is the king"

    will continue to delight listener's long lnto the future a masterpiece in story telling. the listener is compelled to keep going and going "Brilliant "

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    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 26/09/2014
    Christopher Telford, United Kingdom 26/09/2014 Member Since 2015

    I am a 28 year old man who likes to make use of a long commute by listening to sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks

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    "The battle of all battles"


    Story – 5/5

    Whenever I compare an epic fantasy battle, it has to be vs. the Siege of Gondor combined with the battle for the Pelinor Fields. The battles are so well told, that it is easy to follow and full of excitement. Once again, more enjoyable than the films.

    What you also get in this book is the Scouring of the Shire, which they had to leave out of the films. Probably my most memorable scene when I was younger and still stands the test of time. It helped show how far the hobbits had developed since heading out for Rivendell which was once again masterfully told by Tolkien.

    Definitely the best of all of the trilogy, and you will be left extremely satisfied with the ending (if you are not already aware of it). A well deserved 5/5 starts


    Performance – 4/5

    Rob Inglis does a very good job with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He describes a detailed and complex world so well, making it an incredibly easy listen. I did feel that his character voices could have been a little more distinguishable, but his acting of them was done extremely well.


    Overall – 4.5/5

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  • Catherine
    HampshireUnited Kingdom
    18/10/05
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    "Inglis sounds like Tolkien!"

    As far as I know, this is the only unabridged reading of LOTR, so if you want unabridged this is the one to go for! (if you want abridged, try the BBC full cast dramatisation).

    Rob Inglis has a very traditional english voice - similar to Tolkien's own. He reads in a very measured way. Not only does he read the entire book (apart from the appendices), he also sings all of the songs. I think that he suits the reading, but I find sometimes he doesn't differentiate the characters enough, and the pace is not fast. I also find that he makes the hobbits a bit too "yokel" (rural english accent) for me.

    That said, I enjoyed this audiobook and would recommend it. The only thing to be aware of is that Audible have divided it into six separate audiobooks, so to listen to the whole of LOTR, you are going to have to buy them all.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sivitrii
    Zillmere, Australia
    02/09/14
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    "A ruse so hackneyed"
    Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, in my top five.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam, he's funny, humble, loyal to a fault.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Making fun of the healers in Gondor for not knowing about Althalas.


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

    Not so much moved, but the scene where Gandalf convinces the armies to march on Mordor essentially to distract them from Frodo. This has been copied in so many books, movies and other stories it's hard to count.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    10/07/14
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    "Lord of the Nazgul!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this audio book to all Lord of the Rings fans as it enhances the reading experience.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aragorn is my favourite character for his wisdom and bravery and willingness to sacrifice everything to save Middle Earth.


    What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

    Rob Ingliss' performance of Lord of the Rings is excellent. His performance of Ghan-Buri-Ghan is brilliant and I loved the accent.


    Any additional comments?

    The Battle of Pellinor Field and The Pyre of Denethor are my favourite chapters in this part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siri
    Tromsø, Norway
    20/05/13
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    "Good old Tolkien."

    The lord of the rings are a classic tale and I hope that it will stay living not just by nerds and geeks. The Return of the King is full of wonderful, trilling and hart rendering beauty, it has bravery and selfless actes. I love the story and it is a grand tail, it has in a way shaped me, I hope that it will give some other that joy and pleasure that good storys can give.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Marjorie Dawson
    New Zealand
    02/01/13
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    "At last I can Read LOTR"
    Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This, like another favourite of mine, The Count of Monte Christo, is a long book. It needs, and gets in Rob Inglis, a reader of restraint and character whose voice is at the service of the book. The story comes first and then, with subtle changes of inflection or accent we recognise different character's voices. It is going to be a favourite of mine for this alone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The reader made the story come alive. I was able to enjoy the book and not struggle through LOTR as I did before in 'book form'. Not everyone loved the books - I gave up, but the films inspired me to try again with this Audible audio book. The books are different but I enjoyed it and the film in equal measure.


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

    I have only heard Mr Inglis read Tolkien but find him an excellent reader for the series that make up the Lord of the Rings books.


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

    "What do you mean you haven't heard the Audible version?" :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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