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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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    Lillian 04-14-17
    Lillian 04-14-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Not really a story."

    This is a collection A through Z of the creatures found in the Harry Potter series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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!

    31 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-14-17
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    "Fantastic reader and where to listen!"

    Eddie Redmayne does a great job of reprising his roll as Newt Scamander reading "his" book. I have owned the previous edition paper edition of this book for years, so relatively little was "new" to me, but I enjoyed Eddie/Newt's interpretation and the fun sound effects. Also some minor but fun hints about the forthcoming documents to be declassified by the Ministry of Magic (that is, future movies in the series.) A very short audiobook for the price, but a must have for a true fan.

    1 of 1 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

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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.

    75 of 115 people found this review helpful
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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 03-15-17
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 03-15-17 Member Since 2017

    SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!

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    "Fantabulous Beasts For The Hardcore Fan!"

    Make no mistake--there is no story here; rather it's Newt Scamander's textbook. But it's chock full off wondrous beasts that are sure to delight fans. You'll find the familiar; you'll find the new and awesome. And you'll even find a bit of the wizarding world outside of Harry Potter's Great Britain. Beasts from Africa, Asia, even America (where there's a bit of history with the wizarding's American President).
    Eddie Redymayne does a fantastic job reading what is essentially Harry's school work (reminds me of people saying someone's voice is so good they could read the phonebook). He puts awe and spellbinding wonder into each beast and its history.
    This book made me do something I haven't done since I was a kid: stop and make up stories myself about each creature.
    It was a nice ride, a journey into a ticklesome safari.

    24 of 39 people found this review helpful
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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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    Ben Paul 03-15-17
    Ben Paul 03-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "This is not a story"

    This is not a story. It is a textbook with undertones of the adventures Newt took to collect the information. Each chapter corresponds to a letter in the alphabet. The introduction is the closest thing to a story and it only hints at Newt's adventure in NYC as detailed by the movie.

    The reader is the actor who portrayed Newt in the movie. He has a great voice and does well with this. There are no voices to portray, so he does not need the same voice acting skills as other audible readers. His performance works well and he has a very soothing voice.

    16 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Boring"

    I am obsessed with Harry Potter.
    I knew going into this it was not going to involve HP characters or have anything to do with Hogwarts, however , I just found it to be very boring and a let down, unfortunately.
    Maybe it was meant to be like this, but I just found it to be pretty dull. Also, the voice is very annoying.
    I realize it's supposed to be the textbook they use but I wish it had some type of plot.
    It would be cool if J.K wrote the DADA textbook.

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    Darby 04-24-17
    Darby 04-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very entertaining, and for a good cause."

    Enlightening read, and it was wonderful to find that a portion of the proceeds go to charity. Upon learning of these I plan to donate directly to them in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PAULJR 04-24-17
    PAULJR 04-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Akin to listening to someone as they read a dictionary..."

    I wasted a credit on this book thinking that it was going to be a real book. It's not. Don't buy this audiobook, it's not a story, it's a reference.

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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.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    4/12/17
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    "fantastic"

    a lovely book with a great insight into the world of the Harry Potter, beautifully read too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Serenity
    4/12/17
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    "Magical from start to finish"

    I solemnly swear that this audio book is extremely good!
    Beautifully narrated by Newt himself, and with exquisite quirky sounds from some of the beasts. This is possibly my new favourite audiobook!
    Mischief managed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Diane Enticott
    4/7/17
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    "Brilliant"

    This book is brilliantly written and read. Very good fun.
    I will recommend it to everyone. We are big fans of J.K Rowling

    2 of 2 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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anita Bhardwaj
    4/13/17
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    "really good"

    this is an amazing audiobook a must get audiobook it helped me ,earn more about the wizarding world

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    4/6/17
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    "Love it!"

    Eddie Redmayne is amazing, and the sound effects of the actual beasts in the background really bring the story to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    4/4/17
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    Amazing audio book, Eddie Redmayne was perfect, my only complaint is that it ended!
    A must have for any Harry Potter fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Johnson
    4/3/17
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    "Wonderful audiobook"

    As a Harry Potter fan, it feels more authentic that Redmayne is reading this book due to his role as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts movie. It is an excellent reading of one of my favourite books and I'm glad Redmayne is reading it, as opposed to Stephen Fry (who read the main seven books in the UK).

    The beasts described are highly interesting, Redmayne is a great narrator and the sound effects help to gauge a greater understanding of these fantastic beasts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/2/17
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    "An author with a very organised mind!"

    I am a primary school teacher and a mum of two boys. I hardly need to mention the popularity of the Harry Potter Books. That's a given thing. I found this book a bit dull to 'read' in chronological order....but I don't think that's the best way to enjoy it. I got the feeling this might have been sketched out by JK Rowling before writing the Harry Potter series as a fantasy non fiction style text. This must have helped her to be consistent in her descriptions and cross references to characters and creatures throughout the epic novels. And I feel I should have had a copy by my side when reading the stories to my son....now a zoo keeper himnself, who was/is more into non fiction than fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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