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  • The Return of the King

  • Lord of the Rings, Book 3
  • Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Andy Serkis
  • Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (282 ratings)

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The Return of the King

Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Andy Serkis
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Publisher's Summary

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

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Andy Serkis. Nothing else to say

If you like Andy Serkis you will love his narration. Its just really good.

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  • DC
  • 2021-10-01

Gollum

Andy does a great job narrating TLOTR by use of his assignment of many distinctive separate voices that become easily recognizable but when his Gollum voice emerged I started with exuberance! It was great to hear that twisted guttural voice again.

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do you want smeagol reading the story to you?

The answer should be yes! dude doesn't absolutely amazing job plus literally any time Gollum starts to talk. he just goes right into the voice. that's awesome

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Wonderful

I have read this story many times. I love it. To listen to it being read to me was delightful. The reader made the story come alive. I highly recommend this performance.

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Amazing Rendition, with just one complaint

Andy Serkis does a fantastic job in nearly every aspect of bringing Tolkien's story to life, save one, the songs. I had to skip ahead a bit as each song seemed to be a monotone droning with a dirge like feel. I love you Andy, just don't start a folk band.

Otherwise, I love how he did his best to impersonate the actors who played along with himself in the films. especially his Boromir/Sean Bean followed closely by his Gandalf.

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Amazing

An incredible performance by Andy Serkis of an incredible book. So detailed and interesting and exciting. Brilliant all around.

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fellowship of ring two towers and return of king

really enjoyed the narration of these books. I have read them many times but this is the first time listening to the whole series. it was so well done I felt I was transported to middle earth.

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Definitive audiobook of LoTR

This version of the audiobook was amazing and the narration done by Andy Serkis is amazingly done. If you are going to experience Lord of the Rings in audiobook format choose this one, you will not be dissapointed.

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One for the ages

Absolutely fantastic narration of a timeless modern mythology. This entire series with this narrator is exceptional: he renders the voices perfectly and brings the story to life. 10/10. Best audio of LOTR out there.

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Such an epic story!

A splendid audiobook, very well done by Mr.Serkis. I very much enjoyed the appendices containing additional stories of Middle Earth.

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  • Sheryl McCallister
  • 2021-09-17

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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  • 2021-09-16

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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  • Edward15
  • 2021-09-16

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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  • Skipper
  • 2021-11-01

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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  • Dick Thomas
  • 2021-09-21

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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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  • Teresa
  • 2021-12-05

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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  • Phillip J. Fitzsimmons
  • 2021-11-27

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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  • Brandon Frizzell
  • 2021-11-03

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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  • Jared Wittman
  • 2021-10-29

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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  • Keith Wiley
  • 2021-10-29

Amazing

I loved the story and narration. I was engrossed from beginning to end. Will listen again.

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