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Publisher's 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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Outstanding!

If you are listening to this book, it is undoubtedly because you loved the performance of Andy Serkis in the previous two books. You will be pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed with this book. Andy's telling of the narrative is beyond words.

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Andy Serkis's reading is Ok

He tends to exaggerate mundane things in the dialogue, kind of dilutes the drama

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Sublime!

This last installment did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I did the preceding books as read by Andy Serkis. He brings extraordinary depth and feeling to his narration. The story is, of course, as classic as ever, but brought to life so skillfully in this reading. Loved it and I look forward to immersing myself in it again.

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Wonderful

Overall a fantastic story, well read and enjoyable.
like all of Tolkien's work, one that will go down in history

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Brilliant!

Brilliant series, if a little too long for my liking. Book 3 goes on, and on, and on....... However, the Lord of the Rings series is that which all stories in the same genre since are measured against. The narration is perfect

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Andy Serkis - a legend

This is the one of the most amazing books that I have listened to. Andy Serkis does full justice to every character.

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Unforgettable.

Absolutely amazing how well Andy Serkis delivered Tolkeins great works.
An absolutely superb reading of some of English literatures best.

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Tolkien's masterpiece, masterfully read by Serkis!

Tolkien's masterpieces brought to life absolutely brilliantly! Serkis' narration is very easy to listen to. Every character he brings to life with unique voices for each of them, some very close to their movie counterparts. Gollum obviously is perfect and a real treat every chapter he's in.

Just when you think it's drawn to a close you discover the entire appendix has also been done to the same excellent quality! A bonus 3 hours of Middle Earth Lore!

This is my new favourite way to consume LOTR, nearly a 70 hour trip through Middle Earth

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Just awesome.

I was a bit sceptical when I saw that Andy Serkis was narrating these books but I was so wrong to doubt. I have listened to the original recordings of the lord of the rings and found them to be really hard to listen too but when I began to listen to these readings I was captivated. Tolkiens books are awesome of that there is no doubt but what sets this reading apart from the old is Andy Serkis. He has embodied the characters perfectly and I found myself sometimes lost in my own world as I listened. I can highly recommend the reading of the lord of the rings books by Andy Serkis as they are more captivating than any others I have heard.

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Magical narration

The magical performance of Andy Serkis brought memories of the books and movies into life. I’m so happy they made this audiobook version of the story. Thank you!

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  • Daniel Esteban
  • 25-11-2021

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
  • 18-11-2021

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
  • 23-02-2022

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
  • 13-01-2022

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
  • 07-01-2022

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.

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  • ms.A
  • 31-10-2021

Wonderful performance, but.....

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

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  • ben
  • 25-10-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-12-2021

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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  • Chris
  • 16-10-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-2022

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-2021

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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  • Valerie Thomas
  • 01-02-2022

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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  • 28-10-2021

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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  • alison o'neill
  • 26-07-2022

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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  • Mr. J. D. Banton
  • 03-07-2022

An absolute joy

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

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