"'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.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
We all need fantasy to turn to when reality closes in. The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Peter Pan and now Harry Potter lead the way. Any one of these does the trick for me.
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?
Seriously, the movie is an utter waste of time. I saw the movie first and was lost for almost half of it. Went through the book and now I see why people talk about the series.
its my favorite one
when Harry preforms the first preforms his first protrunus
it makes me laugh
The last time I read Prisoner of Azkaban, I gave the book 4 stars. This time I gave it 5. The story took hold of me and never let go, and I so appreciate that. It got to where I did not even try to1q+aa stop reading and try to sleep, because it was a futile exercise. I could not even bring myself to take a break between the books, not even for a minute or 2. So my plan of savoring the experience by drawing it out was another exercise in futility.
I especially appreciate the development of Hermione's character in this third installment of HP. She is so ambitious in her studies that she goes to extreme measures to take as many classes as she can. This affects every part of her life and she reflects on that at the end of the book. H. is just a beautiful person, as are the other 2 members of the golden trio.
To close, I will just say, please read or re-read (or listen to) as many HP books as you can. JK Rowling has given us an eternal gift in these books and I will treasure them always.
I've read several of the books and seen all the movies, so there's a swirl of faces and voices going on in my head when listening to the audio version! Generally speaking, this reader does an amazing job at the various accents and is spot on with some of the vocal mannerisms based on how the author describes the characters. For example, the voice he uses for Hagrid completely matches his personality and the authors description of the character. My complaint was largely with the way he reads the female voices, especially Hermione Granger's. Her character is clearly defined as witty, quick and clever and he reads her voice in a slow drawling way that rather ruined it for me! It's not a match! But, the majority of the characters are read with skill and feeling that make the book very interesting to listen to.
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