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The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings, Book 3
Narrated by: Rob Inglis
Series: The Lord of the Rings, Book 3
Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
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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 against the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

Includes Appendix A.

©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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Jim
  • 05-09-2017

Lacks the appendices

Quite sadly, none of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings are included. Everything else is great.

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great

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Great book, Not so great performance

This is an amazing book and the author is almost a poet. I really wish that the songs weren't so slow. I much prefer the songs in the movies. An amazing book

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lotr

Would you listen to The Return of the King again? Why?

yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

sam, the most down to earth and realistic character

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Rob Inglis?

dont know but someone who can deliver the important speeches and moments (eg when in mordor and sam says 'i cant carry the ring but i can carry you' - rob inglis made this scene very weak, as well as the whole chapter at mount doom) with the conviction they deserve and need unlike rob inglis

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

sam saving frodo in mordor

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The Lord of the Rings - The return of the King

Absolutely stunning reading by Rob Inglis.

I first read LotR over 50 years ago and my personal internal characterisations were entirely matched by Rob's interpretations of each of the characters so excellently drawn by Prof Tolkien.
Only regret is not buying this amazing rendition years ago

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Taken on an adventure

Read the books numerous times over the decades but to listen to it allowed me to close my eyes and drift off to middle earth and be part of this great adventure.

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...........it's lotr

it's lotr. Tolkien isn't great with nuance of character but he works with mythic imagination and world building.

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great finish to the work

Well read and presented. really enjoyed listening to this series. Recommend it highly. Good value.

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The best story ever told.

There are many stories I love but the Lord of The Rings always stands high above.

So much details put into the history and reason for the story makes the story so strong in my mind. The friendship of all the characters can be heart warming.

No matter how many times I read it I always hear new parts and details which make me love it more.

Read it, love it, and forever remember it.

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Tolkien at his best

Great telling, great story but could have done without so much singing voice grates a bit

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  • Catherine
  • 18-10-2005

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.

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  • Katy
  • 03-01-2017

Finally!

Would you listen to The Return of the King again? Why?

Absolutely. The narrator was excellent and the story is timeless.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of the King?

(No spoilers, I promise) Toward the end there is a whole section that was not in the films at all. This was my first time reading and it made the story new again for a film fan.

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

Of course, but I don't want to give away anything.

Any additional comments?

As a long-time Lord of the Rings movie fan, I finally tuckered down and listened to the books. They are fantastic. They are filled with new (to me) characters and additional stories that you wouldn't know about if you'd only watched the films. Definitely get this series on your "to read" list.

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  • 30-06-2020

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  • Alison Diprose
  • 03-09-2019

New Audiobook Recording needed

This masterpiece of a book is not done justice to by this dates reading that has been the only one available for years and years. It is
Time for a new unabridged interpretation of this outstanding trilogy. It would be great if this could include singing that sounded as if sung by elves. There is so much better technology available now that a new audio version is sorely needed.

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  • magnus stefansson
  • 07-03-2019

wonderful story

I have never gotten around to listening to lotr but now that I have I wish I could forget and experience this wonderful story anew.

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  • Stormcrow
  • 03-11-2018

Perfect

Just perfect . Tolkien's work read masterfully by Rob Inglis made me feel like I was with the fellowship every step of the way

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-08-2018

Return of the King

Excellent! Rob Inglis superbly narrates the thrilling final volume of the LOTR trilogy. A wonderful listening experience.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-09-2017

About the narrator

We all know that the book itself is really good. As for the narrator’s performance, it wouldn’t be better. He gives every character a distinct voice and his pronunciations are great. He even sang the songs in the book, and he did pretty well. I sometimes listen to the songs he sang. In brief, Rob Inglis is the best.

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  • ThoughtfulListener
  • 06-12-2016

I look forward to listening to it again next year

It's a fantastic book. I have read it before, but this time it was the best. I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Inglis's recitation, which offered wonderful variations in voice without being annoying, as is often the case with this art.

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  • Jennifer
  • 20-05-2016

Don't miss this

I doubt there are any superlative words that haven't been applied to these books! I mean, of course the three books that make the complete story. They do what we wish all books would do, they transport us to a different world. They are so well written, that you suspend belief very early and move straight to middle earth. The characters become well known friends, and you share all their adventures with real emotional investment. These books will have you laughing, crying, holding you breath and shaking your head! As I am not an author, I can't make you understand how wonderful they are, nor how fabulous is the narration, so I'll have to leave it at that. I believe if you don't hear these you will honestly miss on of life's most special experiences.