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The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King (Dramatised)

Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Ian Holm,Michael Hordern,John Le Mesurier,full cast
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The evil Saruman has been defeated by Gandalf, but in Mordor the battle for the Ruling Ring continues. Wounded by the giant spider, Shelob, Frodo has been captured by the dreaded orcs. Sam, alone and in possession of the Ring, must rescue his master if their mission - to find the Cracks of Doom, and there destroy the Ring - is to continue. Meanwhile, the other Fellowship members are preparing for war against the armies of the Dark Lord, Sauron....

Widely regarded as a broadcasting classic, the BBC Radio dramatisation of 'The Lord of the Rings' stars Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens, John Le Mesurier and Peter Woodthorpe.

©2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd trading as BBC Studios (P)2018 BBC Worldwide Ltd trading as BBC Studios

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Radio Drama Style, not a true reading, still love it!

I love a good radio drama style audiobook. It keeps things interesting and changing the type of media I digest holds my attention better. If you want a true, direct reading of the books, this ain’t for you but if you want a classic radio drama with first class voice acting, it absolutely is.

Fun fact: the actor who played Frodo in this series went on to play Bilbo in the LOTR movies.

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this isnt the audio book

this isnt the audio book. i used my credit on it thinking it waa. huge disapointment. dont get fooled like i did.
its a recreation from the bbc.
im here fkr tolkin. not this. and preferably a nice production instead of the boring style we currently have

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Botched the best part of the series

overall same as the prior entries, battles can be a bit weird- when they shout and scream is a bit eargreating. Perhaps a product of their time, they used much singing and choirs- such as the Rohirrim charge and the Battle of Pelennor Fields was narrated by an opera style vocalist with snippets of dialogue between verses- which in my opinion possess the best lines written in the entire series.

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Excellent

Remember it's likely best to destroy the ring of power in your own life. There's some weird piano near the end.

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Best way to ‘read’ the series

Loved it!! Felt like I was listening to a live play performance. Definitely a better way to read the series #Audible1

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  • B-House
  • 2019-01-29

Chapters are out of order

Uodate: so the whole book is there but the chapters are out of order. Chapter 2 should be 1, 3 should 2, and 1 should be 3.
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This book is taken from the old BBC version of the LOTR trilogy. Book two ends with the coming of the battle of Gondor and this book begins with the burial of King Theodin meaning it’s missing most of the book which they neglected to include it (about 60% is missing from this audio rendition). This is a five star book and performance but not with most of the book missing.

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  • Michael
  • 2012-01-12

Simply Epic

This is quite possibly the greatest story ever told. This should be required reading for every single person on the planet.

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  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 2012-10-17

Excellent.

Return of the King picks up right where Two Towers left off. After accidentally revealing himself to Sauron via the Palantir of Orthanc, Pippin is taken to the city of Minas Tirith by Gandalf, who suspects that Sauron's next move may be to target that city. Meri is put in the care of King Theoden of Rohan. Aragorn, Gimley and Legolas go in search of the mysterious Paths of the Dead, a haunted road which provides the only chance Aragorn has of reaching Minas Tirith before the city is lost. And Sam Gamgee embarks on a desperate mission to rescue Frodo who, left comatose by Shelob's venomous sting, was subsequently discovered by a band of Orc soldiers, though fortunately not before Sam, mistaking Frodo for dead and resolving to see the quest through to its end on his own if possible, took the Ring from his friend. But even if he succeeds, only time will tell whether they'll have the strength to see the quest through to its ultimate end, much less whether that end will come on Mount Doom with the destruction of the Ring.
As with the first two installments, the BBC did an excellent job on this one. Ian Holm does an excellent job of conveying the terrible changes the ordeal has wrought in Frodo, and definitely leagues better than Elijah Wood's rather wussy performance in the films. Peter Woodthorpe is the perfect combination of scary and pathetic in his portrayal of Gollum. So all in all this is an excellent production surpassed only by the Rob Inglis narrated unabridged productions, which Audible has finally made available. So if you haven't given this production a listen you might just be in for a good time.

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  • hannah
  • 2011-01-28

Fantastic climax to the trilogy

This I think is the best of the 3 parts in this dramatised series by the BBC. It still contains enough plot to be exciting and the music and sound effects are very complimentary to it's production.
I can't wait to have time to listen to it again, which I think is best done in large chunks of listening time so that you get emerced into the plot.
Don't buy this if you want plot information purity.

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  • Paula
  • 2010-04-11

Nicely Dramatised

I've read the triligy several times and love the unabridged work, however this dramatised version has very good voices and pace. I don't care for the singing, but I tend to fast forward through that and it's just part of the story.

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  • Dakota S.
  • 2018-09-17

This is not the actual book. (avoid).

Not really an audiobook, so much as it is an audio only recording of a play.

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  • MBurke
  • 2017-07-08

Well read disappointingly edited

The voice actors did a nice job but I didn't expect the book to be so heavily abridged. Scenes I treasured were altered or omitted yet much time was dedicated to full renditions of songs.

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  • Tuanna Carpo
  • 2011-07-30

A Lot of fun

This was my first audio book and I really enjoyed it. Not just because it is one of my favorite movies, books and now audio but because I was able to crochet while listening to it. I'm a crafter so this kind of thing really makes me happy. I like being able to multitask. I can't wait to find another book to listen too. With my eyes going slowly this is a God send.

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  • Jacob Jenks
  • 2020-02-25

not the book.

This is not the book just a script. this should be taken down and replace with the book.

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  • Angela
  • 2009-12-23

To much music

This is a very hard dramatization to follow. There are songs that don't make sense. If you haven't read the book you will never be able to follow this dramatization.

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