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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: 14 hrs and 23 mins
5 out of 5 stars (741 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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©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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  • dave
  • Australia
  • 04-11-2016

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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Incredible story and narration

I have enjoyed this trilogy narrated by Rob Inglis many times now, it's timeless and the narration is superb.

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Outstanding

Well what can I say, I love this book. It holds a special place in my heart. This series is an emotional rollercoaster and this book in particular makes you feel things; happy, sad, delighted, afraid. The storytelling of Tolkein is a marvel in itself but the narrator adds a layer to it that I thoroughly enjoyed. I didn't want the story to come to an end but now I think I'm quite ready for another adventure!

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Fantastic series

This was a fantastic series with a really nice ending. I highly recommended The Lord of the Rings to all that seeks a wonderful journey.

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A true classic and a must read.

If you have only seen the movies you are really missing out they are no substitute for the this epic trilogy and as much as I love the movies this is so so better.

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beautifully read

This final instalment of the trilogy was once again beautifully read. Once again I am left bereft of any celebration of 'victory' which Tolkien does so well. I think the most poignant moment is Sam seeing the star through the break in clouds on the foot of Mt Doom and sums up the whole book for me and restores a sense of perspective to me in my little life -

"[They] sat and made such a meal as they could. Keeping back the precious lembas for the evil days ahead, they ate the half of what remained in Sam's bag of Faramir's provision: some dried fruit, and a small slip of cured meat; and they sipped some water. They had drunk again from the pools in the valley, but they were very thirsty again. There was a bitter tang in the air of Mordor that dried the mouth. When Sam thought of water even his hopeful spirit quailed. Beyond the Morgai there was the dreadful plain of Gorgoroth to cross.

'Now you go to sleep first, Mr. Frodo,' he said. 'It's getting dark again.' ...

Frodo ... was asleep almost before the words were spoken. Sam struggled with his own weariness, and he took Frodo's hand; and there he sat silent till deep night fell. Then at last, to keep himself awake, he crawled from the hiding-place.... The land seemed full of ... noises, but there was no sound of voice or of foot. Far above the Ephel Dúath in the West the night-sky was still dim.... There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach. His song in the Tower had been defiance rather than hope; for then he was thinking of himself. Now, for a moment, his own fate, and even his master's, ceased to trouble him. He crawled back into the brambles and laid himself by Frodo's side, and putting away all fear he cast himself into a deep untroubled sleep."

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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 with a Why
  • 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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  • 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.

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  • Sivitrii
  • 02-09-2014

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.

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  • Darren
  • 15-02-2016

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

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  • Jakob
  • 13-04-2013

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.

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  • Woosy
  • 14-12-2016

Tremendous

Goes without saying, a fantastic story brilliantly read. Makes time working at my sewing machine speed away.

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  • Lemonjapp
  • 16-07-2016

A singed loaf of bread's understatement

Perfect performance, except for the narrator's lack of ghusto when singing.
Probably the greatest piece of creative literature humanity shall ever produce. Highly recommended.

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  • Ian
  • 02-04-2016

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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  • Paul J Day
  • 06-04-2016

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.

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  • DJ Morpheus
  • 23-01-2010

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!

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  • PJJ Ryan
  • 16-09-2009

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-01-2018

Brilliant in audio even for a many times reader

This audio book (and the trilogy) really brings the story to life and gives it an altogether different pace in audio format.

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  • Jules
  • 29-10-2017

Wonderful

I really think it would be very difficult to improve on this reading of The Lord of the Rings. Rob Inglis' voice is about as perfect as I could imagine. The somewhat old-fashioned way of speaking and pronouncing English that he uses lends itself perfectly to this classic story. I was totally drawn into Middle Earth and didn't want it to end. A very tough act to follow.

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