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The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)

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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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Not what I was after

I picked this dramatic adaptation accidentally and couldby stand it longer than 2 minutes after the first two books being read by Ron Inglis

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  • B-House
  • 29-01-2019

Chapters are out of order

Uodate: so the whole book is there but the chapters are out of order. Chapter 2 should be 1, 3 should 2, and 1 should be 3.
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This book is taken from the old BBC version of the LOTR trilogy. Book two ends with the coming of the battle of Gondor and this book begins with the burial of King Theodin meaning it’s missing most of the book which they neglected to include it (about 60% is missing from this audio rendition). This is a five star book and performance but not with most of the book missing.

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 17-10-2012

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.

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  • MBurke
  • 08-07-2017

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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  • Paula
  • 11-04-2010

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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  • Michael
  • 12-01-2012

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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  • hannah
  • 28-01-2011

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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  • Tuanna Carpo
  • 30-07-2011

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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  • Dakota S.
  • 17-09-2018

This is not the actual book. (avoid).

Not really an audiobook, so much as it is an audio only recording of a play.

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  • kscott
  • 30-07-2018

Love that there are no breaks in this version!

This is the best version of the LotR out there. Wonderful adaptation, excellent acting, everything works. All dramatizations should strive for this level of quality!

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  • also
  • 30-07-2019

Not the book it's a dramatized version<br />

not the books fault I didn't look closely enough to the description! it came up under my recommended after finishing book 2 so I bought it and am disappointed I can't listen to dramatized books unless I can focus entirely on them!

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  • Andyjn
  • 15-02-2016

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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  • Luke
  • 21-11-2018

A must for all LOTR fans!

This recording is an absolute must for all Tolkien fans. A wonderful cast, superbly put together by Brian Sibly for Radio. I re-listen to this every year. Simply wonderful!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-2018

makes me cry every time & want to start it again!

from the 10 year old to the now 35 year old this series has never failed to keep me enchanted, scared and amused, and no doubt it will until I go deaf in my dotage!

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  • Emma Richardson
  • 22-12-2017

wonderful

This is my favourite adaptation of my favourite book. Stunning and atmospheric throughout. I particularly enjoyed the music.

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  • James Garbutt
  • 29-09-2017

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
  • 28-08-2017

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
  • 10-08-2017

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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  • sally
  • 25-08-2009

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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  • K. M. Hills
  • 10-10-2019

Wonderful adaptation. Timeless.

This is a fantastic adaptation of Tolkien’s works. Whilst I love the films which were made I find this 1970s radio adaptation by the BBC to be a superior work. All my favourite scenes are here included(including the scourging of the Shire) and so well done I weep every time at Theoden’s death. Only small niggle is that sometimes the Elven singing gets a bit much.

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  • MR SIMON HALL
  • 06-08-2016

3rd Best

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