"'There will be three tasks, spaced throughout the school year, and they will test the champions in many different ways...their magical prowess - their daring - their powers of deduction - and, of course, their ability to cope with danger.'"
The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!
©2000 J.K. Rowling (P)2000 Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
"To call Dale a 'reader' of books is like saying Monet was a Sunday painter." (Los Angeles Times)
Avid listener on my daily commute!
The humor, the many laugh-out-loud moments, and the palpably real pain, loneliness and longing of preadolescent friendships. Also, this is the book where you begin to notice that J.K. Rowling has pulled off a feat previously only achieved by Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series: Her prose is "growing up" with Harry and his friends, and by this volume is approaching adult language, and is, like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, rapidly leaving childhood behind.
The way it is divided into increasingly compelling thirds by the three tasks, each of which is more difficult, tortuous and terrifying than the last. This book, like Jane Austen's Emma, is like a perfectly fitted series of antique nesting boxes, each one fitting neatly inside the next with not a word out of place, not a word that could be cut out. No fat on it anywhere, and no loose ends.
Jim Dale is that rare narrator who manages to give voice to each unique character while maintaining perfect pacing, inflection, pronunciation and not one second longer (or one second shorter) for a pause for emphasis than it should be. Narrating this entire series without a single wrong note must be one of the most astonishing achievements in the history of audiobooks.
Absolutely! You'll want to keep listening everywhere, even in the shower! And not only that, but this is the volume you will always go back to when you feel nostalgic for the magic of Hogwarts, and the one you'll think of first in years to come when anyone mentions this series.
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Jim Dale is without a doubt one of the top 3 narrators I have ever heard, and I have been an audio book addict for 10 years. The book needs no review, as it is as masterful as its six sisters. This is by far the most well spent credit I have ever used, and I look forward to completing the entire collection.
Cannot say enough good words about this book. It has been a while since i've read this and having seen the movies 1000 times can say withoutadoubt this is a much more compelling story. The twists, oh the twists! The there's-something-not-right feeling about some characters! The beautiful awkwardness of harry and his friends at this stage in their lives. Great surprises, captivating narratives, and imagery so vivid you can feel the sweat coming down your own neck as harry feels the same. JK, the queen. Jim Dale, the hero. Had me wanting to listen and listen day and night.
Yes because it's Harry Potter!
No comparison period.
The Second Task
I was shocked by the ending, didn't see that coming.
Audible, even though I love that you have added Harry Potter to your list of books I am also upset that each chapter of every Harry Potter book is missing it's chapter title which ruins the experience of this wonderful story but it is also disrespectful to J.K. Rowling and the art form of writing to totally disregard what Rowling wrote. If Rowling wanted the chapters to just be numbered she could have easily done that; she didn't; she named every chapter; the chapter titles enhance the experience not just an after thought. They are also functional because I may not always use the bookmarks or remember the number of the chapter I left off at. Often times I spot the chapters name and immediately know where I am in the story. You are the only app that I know of that doesn't include the chapter titles in there app. Please change your app to include the chapter titles for all digital audiobooks you sell.
Narrator was great, except that the voice he gives Hermione makes her sound like a whiney idiot. Every time he said "Harry" as Hermione it sounded like she was talking to a dog that's done something bad. Otherwise the different voices were really great.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
8 July 2000. By this time. everyone was on the Harry Potter train. Steven King was reviewing Goblet of Fire for the New York Times, and news was out that they were going to be making Harry Potter into a movie. This book was released simultaneously in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury and in the United States by Scholastic. It was a phenomenon. It won the Hugo. We all felt it. Grandmas who didn't read kids books were having the first three foisted on them.
This was also when I discovered how funny JK Rowling was. Don't get me wrong she was funny before, but Goblet of Fire pushed not only the gas on length, but also her sharp wit. As the team (Harry, Ron and Hermione) is growing up, so the humor gets a little richer and the plot starts getting a bit darker.
USMCRD Parris Island alumni, forest ranger, SERE survival instructor, intelligence officer, Florida Keys flats fishing guide, gorgeous wife!
I read the books, more than once. At that time it never occurred to me about such a thing as the Audible experience. This is not better or worse, it is a new dimension. I think I am better off for reading the books 1st before I listened to them, but maybe not, I can't tell. As Harry gets older and HWMNBN gets stronger, his experiences get more intense, and when he reaches out for Cedric it is a very strong moment, something that all readers will always remember and benefit from, regardless of their age. This is combat, I can tell you from experience, and this is being true to your friend, how a young woman sitting alone in her room can pull this out of her head is beyond me.
The Harry Potter series is filled with adventure, friendship, and heroism. For Adults as well as children, this story never lags and inspires readers in the wizarding world of J.K.Rowling's imagination.
Dark Shadows fanatic
I love Jim Dale's performances of these books with few exception. However,if Random House had spent a little effort, they could have been perfect. Editing and a few fixes. In this book, Dale uses his Cornelius Fudge voice at a crucial point when it should be Mad Eye Moody/Barty Crouch Junior's voice.In other books in the series, Dale uses a ridiculous French accent for Bellatrix Lestrange. Estranged is a common enough surname in Britain, and there is NO justification in any of the seven books to justify the irritating accent. Bellaire is not French. Her sisters are Narcissa Malfoy and Andromeda Tonks. Why would one of the three sisters be French while the other two are English, as are Dale's voices for them. Extremely irritating if the reader has any analytical still.
That being said, however, Dale is tremendous. For many dozens of hours of narration, the reader can tell who is speaking, just from the character's voice, with nearly perfect accuracy. Through all seven books. I blame the faults on the lack of editing skill of the production team. Of course, it is possible that I have listened to all seven of these books way too many times...
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