The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien audiobook

The Return of the King

By J. R. R. Tolkien
Read by Rob Inglis

Recorded Books, Inc.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Book 3

18.32 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781470337612

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One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive -- now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.

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Summary

Summary

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and took part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escaped into Fangorn Forest and there encountered the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive -- now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Here are beauties which pierce like swords or burn like cold iron.” C. S. Lewis
“If, as I believe, Mr. Tolkien has succeeded more completely than any previous writer in this genre…while at the same time satisfying our sense of historical and social reality, it should be possible to show how he has succeeded. To begin with, no previous writer has, to my knowledge, created an imaginary world and a feigned history in such detail. By the time the reader has finished the trilogy…he knows as much about Tolkien's Middle-earth, its landscape, its fauna and flora, its peoples, their languages, their history, their cultural habits, as, outside his special field, he knows about the actual world…The demands made on the writer’s powers in an epic as long as The Lord of the Rings are enormous and increase as the tale proceeds—the battles have to get more spectacular, the situations more critical, the adventures more thrilling—but I can only say that Mr. Tolkien has proved equal to them.” New York Times
“One of the great fairy-tale quests in modern literature.” Time
“Tolkien’s stories take place against a background of measureless depth…That background is ever-present in the creator’s mind and it gives Frodo and company a three-dimensional reality that is seldom found in this kind of writing.” Washington Post
“A masterful story—an epic in its own way—with elements of high adventure, suspense, mystery, poetry, and fantasy.” Boston Herald
“A remarkable book.” Newsweek
“A work of immense narrative power that can sweep the reader up and hold him enthralled for days and weeks.” The Nation
“Among the greatest works of imaginative fiction of the twentieth century.” Sunday Telegraph (London)

Reviews

Reviews

by Ash Ryan 9/13/2017
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A somewhat disappointing, but consistent, ending

There is much to love in Tolkein, and also a lot that is seriously annoying. But the thing I always hated most about this story, and which is even worse in the book than in the movie versions, is how Frodo makes it all the way to the Crack of Doom only to fail in his resolve to destroy the ring, which is only accomplished by Gollum biting off his finger and then accidentally falling in with it. In the crucial moment, the story is ultimately about original sin and redemption by some ineffable "higher" power. This seriously undercuts the story's drama and heroism.

Rob Inglis's narration is quite good---I enjoyed listening to his characterizations and performances of the songs and so forth.

Author

Author Bio: J. R. R. Tolkien

Author Bio: J. R. R. Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other tales of Middle-earth, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 18.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English