"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
©1997 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling
"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)
I've never got to the Harry Potter books. I love the movies and the games, however I have never actually read the books. Therefore, I decided, that my first audiobook from Audible will be Phillosopher's Stone. It was captivating from start to finish, making my eyes literally water with some kind of nostalgia at some places. I don't think anyone else would have narrated it better than Stephen Fry. His amazing voice brings every character to life and creates an exquisite atmosphere throughout the whole story. Now I can't wait to buy the rest of the HP audiobooks!
I love audio books! From science to fiction, business to history. Stories, novels, fairytales, descriptions, guides, explanations, etc.
I was waiting for this for some time – and it was worth the waiting time!!! Wow!!! Stephen Fry lifts J.K.Rowlings fantastic Harry Potter to another dimension!!! Wow again!
There has never been someone more appropiate to perform the reading than Strphen Fry. A wonderful story + such a great performer = an excelent experience. I'm so getting the other audibles by him (Even though I've already read the books tons of times and watched the movies on several ocations)
I have read Harry Potter quite a few times. In Danish and in English. Hearing the first story again, having it read to me by Stephen Fry, breathes new lie to it.
It is a new experience every time I read this and Stephen Fry is impeccable in his narration. Pure perfection, which makes me sit dreamily and listen to the words I've heard so many times before.
The whole fantastic story.
The adventures of Harry Potter and how it develops.
I've liked a lot the different kind of voices he makes for the different characters.
Stephen Fry is just brilliant and Rowling just sparkles all through. What an imaginative mind. Just brilliant!
"Been waiting to be able to hear this on my ipod"
The first of the Harry Potter series read by Stephen Fry - who else could tell these stories with such clarity and poise. I now have these recordings on cassette, cd and now for mp3/ipod. The more the listen the more you find in the characters and story telling - thank you JK for Harry.
"Perfectly Fryed Potter"
If ever a series didn't need introducing it has to be J.K. Rowling's stunning Harry Potter! As soon as I saw this was available the only question on my mind was whether or not the narrator would do it justice. This is a big pair of reading glasses to fill!
Well, they only went and got Stephen Fry! He is superb! His voice fits Rowling's work to a tee and the story unfolds through his quintessential English being delivered with huge aplomb. Of course we do all know that this series grew in stature and maturity with its audience. There are tougher, longer books ahead of this one that have more of a cutting edge to them. So can he keep it up? Well based on this first volume there is little doubt in my mind that he will!
Potter fans can rest assured that this audiobook does Rowling's work full justice!
See you in Hogwarts!
Wow this took long enough! Amazing book and Stephen Fry is magnificent! Yes yes yes all round!
"Fry gives magical performance."
Mr Fry does a superb reading of this enjoyable book. Really brought the books back to life for me.
"150 Points to Gryffindor!"
Top quality from start to finish! A perfect listen for the winter months. Fry is brilliant as always.
"A must buy"
A famous book that is a must listen to. Great start to the 7 book series. Super voices
I've always wanted to listen to these but they were too expensive on CD. Thank goodness for Audible. Stephen Fry is the perfect narrator for this series.
A modern classic, now my family can listen to Potter in the car, on the bus and at bedtime.
Yes! The story itself is magnificent and the narration by Stephen Fry is wonderful; it really brings the story to life. This is one of my favourite childhood series and to re-visit it again as an adult in audiobook form is simply magical! It is as wonderful to listen to now as it was to read for the first time as a child.
The Harry Potter series of books are incomparable to any other series of books I have ever read. They are closest possibly to JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series.
Stephen Fry is, as always, stellar!
My favourite moment is when Harry arrives in Diagon Alley for the first time in his life.
My number 1 literary recommendation for children and adults alike.
Yes! This is my second time listening to this title, having also read it many many times. Stephen Fry is absolutely perfect. He portrays the characters so well; he is such a natural, much better than the terrible overacting in the films!
It's absolutely gripping. It really draws you in and is a great 'adventure'
I can't recommend this enough. Even if you have previously read the books, the audiobook versions are something absolutely magical.
So happy i can finally listen to this on audible. Had these on cassette years ago and loved every second of them. Stephen Fry is the most amazing narrator and could not have done a better performance. So happy.
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