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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Audiobook

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Read by Eddie Redmayne

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Publisher's Summary

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.

Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail... others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander's textbook ever to be released. Having starred as Newt Scamander himself in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, who better to narrate this Hogwarts Library book from one of the wizarding world's most famous Magizoologists? Eddie's film credits include The Danish Girl, My Week with Marilyn, Les Misérables and The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents….

Please note: This A-Z textbook is enhanced for audio with original sound design. This audiobook includes "audio footnotes" which have been treated with a sound effect to differentiate them from the main narration.

15% of the proceeds* from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to Comic Relief and Lumos Foundation for their work with children and young people to help them have a better life. 20% of these monies will be used by Comic Relief and 80% will be used by Lumos Foundation. Comic Relief is a registered charity in the UK with charity nos. 326568 (England/Wales) and SC039730 (Scotland). Lumos Foundation is a registered charity in the UK with no. 1112575.

*Proceeds means the cash-price or cash-equivalent price less sales taxes.

©2017 J.K. Rowling (P)2017 J.K. Rowling

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    Striker Atlanta, GA 03-18-17
    Striker Atlanta, GA 03-18-17 Member Since 2016

    Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "A Textbook Plucked from Harry Potter's Backpack"

    This was a good addition to the world of Harry Potter. Big fans of the book series will probably enjoy this book, but it's not really a story... If we were to pluck a textbook of magical creatures from Harry Potter's backpack, it would be this book.

    This book reads just like a modern textbook, except this one is about magical creatures. Listed in alphabetical order, the book describes all of the magical creatures we read about in the Harry Potter books, as well as many we never really heard about.

    The audio performance was very good, but I had some issues with the recording in some places...
    Some of the creatures had "notes" that in a textbook would be something in the margin or at the bottom of the page. Though well performed, these "notes" were all of a different audio quality (almost muffled) than the rest of the narration. It as like the narrator went back and recorded the "note" sections while holding their hand over the microphone...

    This was overall a very good listen. As a huge Harry Potter fan, this was a great addition to one of my favorite book series. 5 Stars!

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jerrbear Post Falls, ID United States 03-14-17
    Jerrbear Post Falls, ID United States 03-14-17 Member Since 2006

    Idaho Rancher

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    "My own fault- this is not the story from the movie"
    Any additional comments?

    I snapped this up based on the title, assuming that it was the book version of the recent motion picture by the same name. I got about half way through it before I figured out that it was not going to get to the story. This is OK for what it is, a catalog of descriptions of magical creatures listed alphabetically, but I assume the print version has pictures that go along with the descriptions, which would be great.

    49 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Sauberlich 03-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "New content but missing old"

    Some old beasts missing. Giant spiders and dementors being two examples. Otherwise the book was great.

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    Craig Schorling 03-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fun, Well Produced, And a Bit Short at Times"
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    Overall (4.5) This was a fun, short diversion. I have always enjoyed side stories such as this especially when they are from worlds that I care about. It is well written and I really appreciate the consistency in presentation. Eddie Redmayne did a fantastic job narrating the book and the sound effects were top notch. I particularly enjoyed the little touch of having the authors notes sound like they were from a recorder.

    With the top notch production values and narration my one gripe is that some beasts were too short. I would anxiously wait for the rating of each beast and then get excited for the "5x" ones only to have it over with in 20 seconds. Some parts were top notch such as the Lethifold where a story was told from a survivors perspective. I just wish there had been more moments like that. In the end, this was an enjoyable listen that I could easily come back to over and over again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Alan Barnett 03-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This was great!"

    If you are a Harry Potter Fan this is a must listen to. Eddie Remayne did a great job and copy the inflections from his performance as Newt in the movie with the same name. This is not a novelization of the film but more supplementary to it.

    14 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    HiI'mSkippy 03-27-17
    HiI'mSkippy 03-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very sadly dull."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Unless they were complete die-hards with a love for minutae, I'd say to skip it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander again?

    I've loved everything else Rowling except Cursed Child; I'd try again.


    Did Eddie Redmayne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There weren't really characters per se, or a story. Some elements that might make for interesting performance--background effects, dropping the voice for asides--made it difficult to enjoy as an audiobook.


    Was Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them worth the listening time?

    If so, only barely. I would have quit if it hadn't been so short.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Wells 03-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Not the book I thought it was"

    I was expecting a story version of the movie instead I got a school texted book of 26 chapters of alphabetical listed discriptions and classifications of ever creature in the wizarding world, again not what I was expecting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amazon customer 03-26-17
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    "Awesome!"

    I loved it. Quite an eye opener. Learned about some beast I never heard of.

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    Wolfiox 03-26-17
    Wolfiox 03-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Absolutely Fantastic!"

    I loved how in the beginning he made references to the Fantastic Beasts movie and how Eddie's voice went to a quieter tone when he read about 5 X creatures. This audiobook was extraordinarily entertaining to listen to (coming from someone who is kinda obsessed with Fantastic Beasts), and it will definitely hold me over before the movie comes out on DVD. I will definitely reccomend this audiobook.

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    yeppers 03-26-17
    yeppers 03-26-17
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    "NOT a story"
    What did you like best about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? What did you like least?

    it is not a story


    What does Eddie Redmayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great reader but its an encyclopedia a-z


    Could you see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no it is nothing like the movie


    Any additional comments?

    wonderfully creative, a great cause to support. wonderful performance

    but NOT what you would think. it is an imaginative encyclopedia being read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
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    "Shards of Pottery!"

    This "book" is probably a must for Potter completists.  However, it's worth mentioning that at the time of writing this review the linked Amazon reviews are a mixture of reviews about this book and the other books pertaining to "Fantastic Beasts" including the screenplay which could be confusing..  

    When you get a series as special as the Harry Potter books which captured the world's imagination it really makes sense to further explore the world and its artefacts and I'll admit to being a sucker for this kind of thing at times.  This does just that and unless you've been hiding under a philosopher's stone somewhere you'll already know that it isn't another book about Harry Potter himself.  Rather, it's one of the text books used at Hogwarts brought to life in some detail. Just for clarity then this is not the screenplay or even the story of the film, either of which would be rather excellent!.  This is primarily an A-Z of the magical creatures of the Harry Potter world.  

    Each creature is explained in turn including its Ministry of Magic classification.  There are various sound effects that add depth and at times amusing anecdotes about them.  The performance given by Eddie Redmayne is as you would expect given his acting talent and involvement with the film; very good. After all this is not a story per se but a text book upon which stories were built.  So it's not an easy one to read and get involved in as a narrator.

    For a full credit it is of course a short book but given that so much of the proceeds are going to such worthwhile causes the whole thing makes sense for fans of Harry Potter who just want that little bit more of the magic.  I do think that the latest physical versions of the book may be a better option though.  I am a huge fan of audiobooks of course and often prefer the format to the written word but the beautiful presentation of the physical books and inclusions of extras such as handwritten notes purportedly by the characters means in this case the audiobook works less well for what is after all a reference book rather than a story.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    3/14/17
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    "If this doesn't make you smile go get some Prozac"

    Lovely. Just truly lovely. I never think the wizarding world needs anything more but jk rowling always proves me wrong. And thank god she does

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    3/15/17
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    "Disappointed"

    It's not a story, more of a reference book. Not what I had expected. Quite disappointed. Wouldn't have used the credit otherwise.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Diana Sherwin
    3/15/17
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    "Belongs in Reference Section."

    I waited for this book with great anticipation!
    J.K. Rowling is an exciting story writer thinks I.
    I shouldn't have bothered. It starts with the prologue and goes nowhere. Very disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kalina
    3/14/17
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    "Amazing!"

    Amazing and enchanting story as usual by J.K. Rowling and wonderfully read by Eddie Redmayne.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gijayne
    3/26/17
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    "This book is great"

    I love this book it's amazing I love it so good I love it so much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/26/17
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    "Truly Fantastic Beasts"

    I make no secret and no apologies for the fact , I love JK Rowling's books. I have never loved another world more since I discovered Narnia. Eddie Redmayne makes this book come to life, I don't usually spend my time listening to Audible giggling,but I did listening to this book. It was bliss, please say a huge thank you to Mr R on behalf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy
    3/25/17
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    "Rarrrrr"

    This is a amazing book I love it the Imagernatintion involved is of limets 😯😯😯lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mo Harford
    3/24/17
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    "It's a list!"

    It's just a list of the animals , there's no story, this is not the book of the film it's the book in the film
    Mildly amusing in parts

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    3/24/17
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    "just a read list of species & distracting sounds"

    I was hoping for a story like in the movie but it was just a read list of creatures that one mostly knew already from the Harry Potter books. On top there are distracting sound effects imitating quite poorly the beast in question, overriding the speaker and interupting the listening experience. As a big Potter fan and a fan of the film Fantastic beasts... I was expecting much more. Eddie Redmayne reads nicely though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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