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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
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I read this book many years ago well before the hype caused by the wonderful films by Peter Jackson, my only slightly negative obsevation is that when reading the book you can skip passed the many LONG songs but when listening you have to put up with the constant breaking onto song. Saying that though the audible version didn't dissapoint a classic tale thoroughly recommended.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful