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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 Audiobook

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

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"'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

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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 11-22-15
    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 11-22-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid listener on my daily commute!

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    What did you love best about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    [PLEASE PRESS 'YES' IF THIS REVIEW WAS EVEN SLIGHTLY HELPFUL!! THANK YOU!!!]

    55 of 68 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 5 acres in Missouri 01-12-16
    Amazon Customer 5 acres in Missouri 01-12-16 Member Since 2005

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    "Jim Dale at his best"

    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.

    20 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-03-17
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-03-17 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Remarkable"

    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Cressey, US, Canada 12-17-15
    Debra Cressey, US, Canada 12-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "We love all the Harry Potter books...."

    Absolutely fantastic... Jim Dale's character voices are perfect! J K Rowling's characters come to life.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-20-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-20-15

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

    “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?

    36 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Nyisha Johnson Chicago,IL USA 12-04-15
    Nyisha Johnson Chicago,IL USA 12-04-15 Member Since 2015

    Nai

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    "Amazing Story! Poor App"
    What made the experience of listening to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

    Jim Dale's character voices.


    What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 to and why?

    No comparison period.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    I like the tone of his voice; I feel like this is the movie version but better.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Starring Jim Dale as Everyone!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    19 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Graham 04-23-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Great family book!"

    Listened to it with my kids. Was a great story for all. Nice job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brandy 04-23-17
    Brandy 04-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly Majestic!"

    I would be highly surprised if anybody can listen to Harry Potter and say that they do not care for it. Nothing compares to the brilliant mind workings of JK Rowling. Her pen was truly magic to the paper she wrote on. I must have read these books at least a hundred times but I have to say that I am a big fan of the narrator Jim Dale. He truly brings the characters to life, a million times more than the movies were able to. listening to him narrate these stories honestly makes me fall in love with Harry Potter all over again!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Arlena Broken Arrow, OK, United States 04-21-17
    Arlena Broken Arrow, OK, United States 04-21-17 Member Since 2011

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    "The Best Narration Ever!"

    By far, the best narration ever of the series. The many characters again had their own distinctive voices by Jim Dale. He really makes listening exciting and it is hard to pause the story, because of your other obligations. However, returning to the story is even more exciting because there is so much adventure in it.
    This book broadens Harry’s resolve and test the bonds of friendship with a growing and happy resolve. It is nice to see how independence, sincerity, honesty, commitment, loyalty, friendship, intelligence and resolve will get you. It is comforting to live in a world where you can live and be with others that help create an environment where those qualities stand tall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mom of two boys 04-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good..."

    People like the first one better because they like the story well this book.. I was excited to read form the other books but when I finished them it was not as good... People really should read the first 99999999 times (maybe I over did it how bout 5) and then go on not so pleased....

    What did I like?

    The story

    Why would I rate it as I did?

    To be truthful

    What is other books I recommend?

    -secret garden
    -think like a freak
    -witches
    -Danny the champion of the world

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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