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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.

©1983 Christopher R. Tolkien, Michael H.R.Tolkien, John F.R. Tolkien, and Priscilla M.A.R.Tolkien (P)2021 Recorded Books

Featured Article: Character Guide—Frodo Baggins


One of the most beloved, enduring fantasy series of all time is the Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien. The trilogy was written as a sequel of sorts to Tolkien's previous fantasy work, The Hobbit. As we approach the 20th anniversary of the release of Peter Jackson's epic Academy Award-winning adaptation of the first entry in the trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, it seems like a great time to take a closer look at everyone's favorite Hobbit hero, Frodo Baggins! Here are answers to all your burning questions about Frodo, the furry-footed folk, friendships, and, of course, some wicked powerful jewelry.

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The Reader to rule them all....Andy Serkis

Copes of LOTR have lived on top of my main bookshelf for 40 years, at least. I often pick it up, opening it wherever it falls, any time I want to read for just a minute or two, because I can consistently FALL into MiddleEarth in an instant, and just relax. Over the years, I've heard others read this...but there was never the immediate sense of being IN Bag End, or the Golden Hall, or the woods of Fangorn.... in any of those attempts. ANDY SERKIS MAKES IT HAPPEN. I picked up all three of these together, and tried to do it--picked different chapters blind, from each book--and each time, I've had that same experience I do when I pick up my hard copy, or open my Nook copy randomly--and just been swept in to Tolkien's words, and MiddleEarth. What is more than perfection? Because that's what Andy Serkis has done here.

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The narrator isn't my favorite. Particularly the voices he uses for Pippin and the Witch King are unbearable. Very breathy.

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Love the series, eternally great!

Wanting to listen to the actual books is what finally got me to into audiobooks. The first one I listened to was The Hobbit read by Serkis. I quickly learned about these and got a premium account for the credits to preorder these 2 months before release. Have been a fan for years and all the expanded lore, it was long overdue I ‘read’ the books in any form. Tolkien would be so amazed that his works are held so high and famous around the world in so many forms

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Overwrought narration

Great classic series. I love narrator Andy Serkis as Gollum and Wormtongue. I only wish he were less forceful in his overall narration throughout this series. Tolkien’s words alone can carry the day without extremely pronounced vocal expression.

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First reviewer!

Always fun to be the first to submit a review of a new book, especially one as fantastic as this one. Andy Serkis nailed it!

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Why Change Narrators??

I’ve listened to the first two books, awesome narration on those. This new narrator is not. He makes every sentence sound like the most dire situation ever. Why change it? If you must, try to land somewhere near the sound of the first two books!

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A tour de force

Andy Serkis is an incredibly gifted actor and this is a once in a lifetime performance. What a gift he has given us!

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The narration by Andy Serkis is dynamic and emotional. Though I have listened many times before, this version brought new meaning to several important passages. I look forward to listening again.

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À contribution to Tolkien studies

I consider Serkis’s performance to be a contribution to Tolkien studies. It provides an interpretation of the uncut LOTR text. My hope is that it will attract listeners to become readers of the books.

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The grand finale of Tolkien's magnum opus and a fantastic performance from Andy Serkis. Truly a book everyone should listen to.