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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 Audiobook

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

"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

What the Critics Say

"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)

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    Marek 12-25-15
    Marek 12-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Magical!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dresas 03-08-16
    Dresas 03-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Magic"

    It took me a long time to start to read Harry Potter. I have no regrets.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gvido Copenhagen, Denmark 02-03-16
    Gvido Copenhagen, Denmark 02-03-16 Member Since 2014

    I love audio books! From science to fiction, business to history. Stories, novels, fairytales, descriptions, guides, explanations, etc.

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    "At last!!!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    candy chan 08-23-16
    candy chan 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "go story"

    forever legend to listen,and nobody cant reject it.must hold item.thank you jk to write the good story

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    Julia 08-19-16
    Julia 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    Great voice and great performance. I really loved it. Only if it was cheaper. :(

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    Juanchi 08-19-16
    Juanchi 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    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)

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    Leanela 08-19-16
    Leanela 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excelllent!"

    It's a wonderful book, loved it! Fit for all ages, it's definitely a must read.

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    Diana Køhler 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A new dose of magic"

    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.

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    domingo 07-16-16
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    What did you love best about Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1?

    The whole fantastic story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The adventures of Harry Potter and how it develops.


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

    I've liked a lot the different kind of voices he makes for the different characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karthikeyan Ravikumar Bangalore 07-14-16
    Karthikeyan Ravikumar Bangalore 07-14-16
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    "Can't believe I hadn't read this book until now."

    Stephen Fry is just brilliant and Rowling just sparkles all through. What an imaginative mind. Just brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Susan
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom
    11/21/15
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    "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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    11/20/15
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    "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!

    47 of 54 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    11/20/15
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    "FINALLY"

    Wow this took long enough! Amazing book and Stephen Fry is magnificent! Yes yes yes all round!

    49 of 55 people found this review helpful
  • Cyberspark13
    11/25/15
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    "Fry gives magical performance."

    Mr Fry does a superb reading of this enjoyable book. Really brought the books back to life for me.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • STEPHEN
    12/10/15
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    "150 Points to Gryffindor!"

    Top quality from start to finish! A perfect listen for the winter months. Fry is brilliant as always.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    11/21/15
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    "A must buy"

    A famous book that is a must listen to. Great start to the 7 book series. Super voices

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    WIRRAL, United Kingdom
    12/6/15
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    "Perfect"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Niamh Gavin
    12/6/15
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    "Magical!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 to, and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Stephen Fry is, as always, stellar!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favourite moment is when Harry arrives in Diagon Alley for the first time in his life.


    Any additional comments?

    My number 1 literary recommendation for children and adults alike.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • LJ
    West Midlands, UK
    12/5/15
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    "Simply Wonderful"
    Would you listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 again? Why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's absolutely gripping. It really draws you in and is a great 'adventure'


    Any additional comments?

    I can't recommend this enough. Even if you have previously read the books, the audiobook versions are something absolutely magical.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twinkle984
    11/22/15
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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    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.


    19 of 25 people found this review helpful

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