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Summary

This brand-new unabridged audiobook of The Return of the King, the third and final part of J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic adventure, The Lord of the Rings, is read by the BAFTA award-winning actor, director and author Andy Serkis. 

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

The devastating conclusion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale of adventure, begun in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers.

©1954, 1966 The Tolkien Estate Limited (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"The story moves on with a tremendous narrative rush to its climax...extraordinary imaginative work, part saga, part allegory, and wholly exciting." (The Times)

"A triumphant close...a grand piece of work, grand in both conception and execution. An astonishing imaginative tour de force." (Sunday Telegraph)

"His astonishing inventiveness remains to the end and is continued in a series of appendices" (The Guardian)

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Wonderful performance, but.....

Wonderful performance, but can someone please tell Andy Serkis that HE CANNOT SING AND PLEASE STOP!!!

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Enjoyable

I’ve always been a fan of Tolkien’s various works but they are heavy reads! Mr Serkis does a marvellous job at bringing the story to life with good pacing and characterisations, I only wish he could sing as well as he can talk! The singing in al three books was a bit off putting but the overall narration more than makes up for it, we’ll worth a listen for any fans out there.

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This is THE reading of the Lord of the Rings.

Outstanding performance. This is THE reading of the Lord of the Rings. Andy Serkis has earnt passage to the Undying Lands for his persistence of perfection. No praise is high enough.

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attack of the appendices

a wonderful story delivered by true talent, followed by a wearisome but necessary slog through the appendices, which serve as additional lore to both the six Lord of the ring episodes and to The Hobbit.

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Incredible

Beautifully read, hearing this version is an absolute must for Tolkien fans, Andy Serkis is a master storyteller and truly does the book justice, There is so much more to this book than the movies, which Andy Serkis effortlessly brings to life. Hopefully someone at Audible can convince him to do versions of all of the tales of Middle Earth.

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Hobbits sing better than Andy

Andy can't sing for toffee but the rest was awesome. would highly recommend. Grond Grond Grond

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The Lord of the Ring trilogy.

All three of the Andy Serkis narrated Lord of the Rings books were really good, as good as watching the films. I had to make myself turn the book off to go to sleep in the early hours of the mornings, I just wanted to keep listening.

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End of it all

I have now watched the films, read the books and heard the audiobooks and wont be for the last time no doubt. Thank you Andy Serkis🙂🙂

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Amazing

Andy Serkis does an excellent job of bringing a beloved tale to life.

Really can't recommend it enough. A must listen to end the story.

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An absolute joy

Awesome all around. Andy Serkis makes this a must listen. An absolute classic story too.

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  • Daniel Esteban
  • 25-11-21

I love Andy Serkis reading but...

Why this edition is not Whispersync? It is sad only the first two books and the Hobbit are this way with Serkis reading. Any solution?

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  • Magdalena Lilla
  • 18-11-21

THANK YOU ANDY SERKIS!

Thank you Andy Serkis for narrating this timeless classic, of JRR Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings! Your performance is magical, transporting the listener and reader into Middle earth, making them part of the story.

Fans of Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings, this is a must listen! Tip: Listen and read along the story at the same time! 🙂📖🎧❤

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  • Pekka Rautajoki
  • 23-02-22

Nothing short of extraordinary

A wonderful audio production concludes the finest audio book experience ever. Andy Serkis’ performance cannot be praised enough. Highly, highly recommended!

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  • ShallNotBeNamed
  • 13-01-22

Another masterful performance by Andy.

Another masterful performance by Andy Serkis. Great book, not as good as the first one but as good or better than the second.
Horrible audio quality though, a huge step down from the previous books.

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  • Richard van Wyk
  • 07-01-22

The world is divided into those who have listened to Lord of the Rings read by Andy Serkis and those who are going to.

There is no way to describe how wonderful this experience was. Just get the book and listen to it.