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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: Aragorn—A Lord of the Rings Character Guide


Perhaps one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Aragorn is known by many names: Strider, Elessar, Estel, and finally Aragorn II, heir to the throne of Gondor and Arnor. From a shadowy tracker who mysteriously comes to Frodo's aid to an essential member of the Fellowship of the Ring to the long-awaited king who restores harmony and peace to Middle-earth, Aragorn plays many important roles in the fantasy epic.

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

Copes of LOTR have lived on top of my main bookshelf for almost 50 years. 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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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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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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Andy Serkis is an AMAZING actor!!

Best audio performance I’ve listened to for these books! Each character has their own, distinctive voice and the books are not just read, but fully acted out…and not in an overly mellow dramatic, radio theater manor like some of the dramatizations available on audible (which can be entertaining, but also often silly).

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

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Epic

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

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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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Andy Serkis brings Tolkien's story to life

Andy Serkis nailed the narration of all the books! His enthusiasm and skill as a narrator is the best I've come across. I absolutely enjoy the LOTR story and the picture painted by Tolkien but it was brought to life by Andy Serkis.

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Brings the Fantastic to Fantasy

A beautiful conclusion to the most epic fictional story of all time. Return of the King is elegant, poetic, epic, sad, and just plain wholesome. Andy Serkis, thank you. This was an incredible experience!

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