• The Return of the King

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 3
  • By: J. R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (807 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 Tolkien Estate Limited (P)1991 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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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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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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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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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A Classic tale ends

Its a given that this story is great. The narrator is on point but the audio is not perfectly clean.

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The Perfect End

This is one of the rare occasions where a writer, not only develops the thematic ending to the main characters, and even secondary characters, but really closes the thematic argument of the whole saga and all other subplots very gracefully.

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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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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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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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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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  • Ian
  • 04-02-16

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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  • Darren
  • 02-15-16

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
  • 04-13-13

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
  • 12-14-16

Tremendous

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

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  • Lemonjapp
  • 07-16-16

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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  • DJ Morpheus
  • 01-23-10

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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  • Paul J Day
  • 04-06-16

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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  • Billy Spillane
  • 06-19-20

World Building of a Master

Incredible series, absolute must listen for anyone who enjoys epic stories and worlds.
The reader is passionate and absolutely nails the characters.
If you've got few long journeys I cannot recommend more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-20

Great

Great book and great performance, only bad thing was that the book was not longer

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  • PJJ Ryan
  • 09-16-09

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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  • Jim
  • 09-05-17

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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  • kayleigh
  • 05-15-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-05-18

great

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  • Electricplum
  • 08-14-17

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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  • dave
  • 11-04-16

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-20-22

Amazing Tale

This story fixes and aligns one’s imagination to the great mythical story structure of the hero’s journey.

In the LOTR Tolkien sets out a vision of good and evil, with good ultimately enduring over evil.

This is truly one of the greatest works of the 20th century.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-22

Exceptional.

Absolutely brilliantly narrated. A truly magnificent rendition of this stunning author's work and words. I've listened to this many times, I never tire of the vast array of emotive variance that Rob Inglis puts into each character, staying true to each until the very end, and his singing voice is melodious and soothing. Simply the best person to portray this timeless masterpiece of Tolkiens.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-22

Great. What'd you expect?

It's Lord of the rings. Its just fantastic and this does a great job of reading jt

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  • Concerned Customer
  • 01-01-22

A classic, well worth it!

I love the Lord of the Rings Trilogy the movies, the books and now audio book.

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  • Gina Hackwill
  • 11-18-21

Top 3

love this book. LOTR was my first great book love. Got me into the reading habit. read it every year. Rob Inglis is a great narrator