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Andy Serkis Lends His Voice to New Lord of the Rings Audiobooks

RBmedia’s Recorded Books, after tapping actor and director Andy Serkis to record a bestselling audiobook version of The Hobbit, is bringing him back for J.R.R. Tolkien’s full Lord of the Rings trilogy. The audiobooks are due out on Sept. 16, 2021, at various online outlets, but preorder is available now via Audible and Audiobooks.com. (Recorded Books is the North American publisher; HarperCollins is publishing the audiobooks throughout the rest of the world.)

Serkis says, “Walking back into Middle-earth over 20 years after my first life-changing adventure there and experiencing it all over again—this time for many weeks alone in a sound booth—has brought in equal measures of pure joy, sheer madness, immense pleasure, and a level of psychological and physical fatigue I have never quite experienced the like of before. Having now completed the quest and been ‘there and back again … again,’ I realize what a phenomenal privilege it has been to have had the opportunity to read this sublime work once more. My only hope, now, is that I have done it justice, and that the listening experience conveys the power and beauty of J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece.”

For more information and a preview of the audiobook, read the press release.



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