"'Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.'"
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....
©1999 J.K. Rowling (P)1999 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 increasing suspense as it becomes clear that there is an intruder in the castle who will stop at nothing in their quest to murder Harry....as his parents before him were brutally murdered.
The discovery of the true identity of the traitor, and the way in which he was able to infiltrate the castle. I also roared with laughter at Lee Jordan's commentary during the Quidditch Final match, loved the revelation of the way in which Hermione was able to complete the heaviest courseload in Third Year history, and was chilled by Professor Trelawney's eerie trance-state prediction regarding Harry's ultimate fate.
Jim Dale BECOMES these characters; they come to life thanks to his expert reading, the entertainment value of which exceeds that of the somewhat disjointed and frantically paced film version.
No tears yet....those are coming in Books 5-7, I think...but LOTS of laughs, and more than a few chills and goosebumps moments!
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I was so excited to hear that Audible got the rights to Harry Potter. My introduction to audio books began with Harry Potter. Jim Dale's voice and delivery brought to life characters that J. K. Rowling created on paper. Very few books have given me driveway moments, minutes spent listening to the end of a chapter, long after arriving home.
Thank you again to all for providing me an escape from the real world of muggles.
Absolutely fantastic... Jim Dale's character voices are perfect! J K Rowling's characters come to life.
Jim Dale's character voices.
No comparison period.
I like the tone of his voice; I feel like this is the movie version but better.
Starring Jim Dale as Everyone!
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.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
“You think the dead we loved truly ever leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly in times of great trouble?”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
It is still hard for me to separate the first three Harry Potter novels. I read them together and they have always seemed, not distinct, but still unique in the series. It was about 1998/1999 when early signs of Potter-mania were being felt. There was a sense that this was not going to be a small thing. I bought the three novels. My wife hadn't heard anything of them and after, it was all she wanted to talk about. The cat was out of the bag and the cult of JK Rowling was taking form.
This book might also be my personal favorite among the three. The first was amazing because it was the first. The second was impressive because it showed how deep and far JK Rowling had planned this series. The third knocked me out because I found out how much I could love secondary characters in children's literature. The back stories and secondary characters MAKE this book.
When these books first dropped, I was comparing them to books by CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, and T.H. White. Who knew that in a short decade we would be using JK Rowling as the measuring stick for them ALL?
One of the best books I have ever listened to in my life and on Audible!! The story was magical and literally made me gasp at crucial moments. Jim Dale is the absolute best narrator I have heard as well on Audible! His voice is so perfect for the Harry Potter stories! He changed his voice to match the characters and his performance, tone, enthusiasm are all noticed!!! Please tell Jim Dale how amazing he is at telling the stories! He sounds exactly like the Hagrid actor from the films! Thank you for this wonderful experience, I cant wait to listen to the next one!!! - Brittany Thomasson
I Love to lIsten to books. I'm one of those people that like to read or listen to books over and over. I Love audible.
Everybody knows how good the Harry Potter Series is. no need for any review. However,not everybody knows how fantastic Jim Dale is. He makes these books come alive in a way the movies fall just short of. Mr. Dale does every voice himself and you can differentiate between each character without being told who is speaking. Im in total awe at Mr. Dales talent. I own all the audio books and have listened several times each,they never get old. I even have 2 in cassette! because i had a tape player in my car in early 2005 when I found audio books. I was so excited when they became available on audible,i can FINALLY get rid of my cd/cassette player now that i can listen to Harry Potter on audible.
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