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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.

Don't miss the rest of Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings.
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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

Critiques

"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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  • Global
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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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  • 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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  • James
  • 10/07/2014

Lord of the Nazgul!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I recommend this audio book to all Lord of the Rings fans as it enhances the reading experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aragorn is my favourite character for his wisdom and bravery and willingness to sacrifice everything to save Middle Earth.

What about Rob Inglis’s performance did you like?

Rob Ingliss' performance of Lord of the Rings is excellent. His performance of Ghan-Buri-Ghan is brilliant and I loved the accent.

Any additional comments?

The Battle of Pellinor Field and The Pyre of Denethor are my favourite chapters in this part of the book.

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  • Siri
  • 20/05/2013

Good old Tolkien.

The lord of the rings are a classic tale and I hope that it will stay living not just by nerds and geeks. The Return of the King is full of wonderful, trilling and hart rendering beauty, it has bravery and selfless actes. I love the story and it is a grand tail, it has in a way shaped me, I hope that it will give some other that joy and pleasure that good storys can give.

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  • Ms. Marjorie Dawson
  • 02/01/2013

At last I can Read LOTR

Where does The Lord of the Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This, like another favourite of mine, The Count of Monte Christo, is a long book. It needs, and gets in Rob Inglis, a reader of restraint and character whose voice is at the service of the book. The story comes first and then, with subtle changes of inflection or accent we recognise different character's voices. It is going to be a favourite of mine for this alone.

What did you like best about this story?

The reader made the story come alive. I was able to enjoy the book and not struggle through LOTR as I did before in 'book form'. Not everyone loved the books - I gave up, but the films inspired me to try again with this Audible audio book. The books are different but I enjoyed it and the film in equal measure.

Have you listened to any of Rob Inglis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have only heard Mr Inglis read Tolkien but find him an excellent reader for the series that make up the Lord of the Rings books.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"What do you mean you haven't heard the Audible version?" :-)

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  • Michael
  • 14/04/2012

gut gemacht

Eine sehr gute Lesung des Klassikers in der Originalsprache. Der Sprecher kann mit wenigen Mitteln Großes entstehen lassen. Auch in den Sprachen der Elben und Orks wird gesungen und gesprochen. Auch für jeden der das Buch, sicher die Meisten mehrmals, gelesen haben, ist es ein Genuss.

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  • Robin Mieling
  • 14/09/2018

Absolutely stunning

Beautiful finale to one of the greatest stories ive ever been told. I won't ever forget Rob Inglis perfect performance and i would immensely recommend this to anyone who only saw the movie or hasn't even done that. Would love to give more than 5 stars

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  • Stefan
  • 15/11/2017

One for the ages?

In the 1970s and 80s Rob Inglis performed a one man stage version of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. This is where it all began. There Inglis developed a deep understanding of the various characters in Tolkien’s work. After a while he knew how every hobbit, dwarf, wizard, and orc had to sound to be believable. The critics began to praise his stage shows and in 1990 he was asked by “Recorded Books” to produce an unabridged audio version of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
I listened to the audiobook. I was drawn into the audiobook. I lost myself in the audiobook.
With the first words of Inglis, Middle-earth awakens. Not that it is a spectacular voice that we as audience hear. It is this calm, matter-of-fact manner of Inglis’ narration that lures the listener into the realms of Tolkien. It is just stimulating enough to encourage the listener to use his own imagination to create his/her own images. The first time I have read the books, these images were silent – like a silent film in my head. This time, listening to Rob Inglis, they had a voice. The fact that Inglis does not use any sound effects and even sings the songs himself is one of his major strengths. The listener feels that anything additional to this voice would not enhance the experience, which speaks volumes of the quality of the reading.
Can I imagine somebody reading an unabridged version of the novel in a better way? Probably not. Rob Inglis has created an audiobook for the ages.

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  • Isgrimnur
  • 27/07/2017

der Klassiker wunderbar erzählt

Schön erzähltes und eingesungenes Hörbuch, einzig die letzte Szene hat mich irritiert sie erinnert mich irgendwie an ein Thriller.

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  • H.E. Ewert
  • 05/01/2017

No singing please!

The story is my all-time favorite.
Great narrative, great voice!

But the singing and the music-compositions...
Oh dear!
Awful, and that's even an euphemism!