"'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....
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"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)
This was my third harry potter book in less than 7 days. On day 7 I finished my third harry potter book. Totally addicted. The narrator makes a big difference. Never fire him.
My mom makes me promise not to buy more than 2 books every time i leave the house. I am 26 years old.
i just want to thank Stephen Fry for producing this work of art. his performance and Rowling's magic are a match made in heaven
The third book - moved along by mesmerising Stephen Fry - expands on the great wizarding world in which Harry Potter learns how much he has done and how much he still has to do.
"The Series Matures"
The Prisoner of Azkaban is a little bit longer and has a slightly harder edge than the previous two books. I believe this reflects the natural progression of the the time that the books were written and the fact that much of its intended audience were now that little bit older. That's not to say that all the hallmarks of the previous books aren't there: the great characters; the inventive interpretations of modern life in a world of wizards and the warm humour that infused the previous books.
Fry once again meets the challenge of being an excellent narrator and you feel that by this stage he has a genuine empathy for the stories. I would also add that the books this far explain the Professor Snape character far better than the films which in this case miss his rant about Harry's father. It's true that even Fry can't match Rickman's wonderful portrayal of Snape but the insight we gain into him and his motivations in particular is markedly improved in the books.
This remains a series that has massively broad appeal and there are fewer better ways to spend a credit across Audible.
The Prisoner of Askaban is definitely my favourite of the Harry Potter stories. It zooms along at a great pace with lots of excitement, one particular favourite bit is the last Quidditch match to win the cup. This story makes the transition between the earlier lighter stories to the later increasingly darker ones. This is the time when Harry Potter finds out that not all things can be made right. A very enjoyable audible for a grey winter's day.
"Another wonderful book!"
Exciting! Thrilling! Moving!
No comparison necessary, stands on its own!
As much as read WHOLE series as they came out, he lends a special magic sparkle to them! As someone else said in a review "a marriage made in heaven", wholeheartedly agree!!! :D
Yes, various to different characters :)
Although darker in nature as they go along, there is the basic element of good against evil, love, friendship, support and loyalty theme running through. :)
amazing book and Stephen fry does an epic job with the characters. personally think he should do the voice for all audio books
"The best yet..."
This book was a delight from start to finish. Definitely my favourite of the series so far.
loved it, harry is always a classic :D Stephen Fry is also great to listen to
"The opus of Harry Potter. EXPECTO PATRONUM!"
Honestly? You want an honest answer to that question? It's entirely possible that this may be nostalgia talking but I love this book and especially this version as narrated by Stephen Fry. This book in my opinion is where the series truly comes into its own and amongst the other audiobooks I own this rates extremely high! I can still remember when I was young and had some form of insomnia the only thing that could help me sleep was my copy of this or the BBC Radio 4 adaption of The Lord Of The Rings.
I suppose the best comparison would be one of the other Potter books. Others have made the apt comparison that compared to Chamber or Philosopher, Azkaban definitely treats the characters and subject matter with much more gravitas and importance. This is shown mostly in the way the other characters interact with Harry and his friends. Unlike Chamber in which the main threat is mostly hinted at, Sirius is treated as no joke - with no time for comedic side adventures - that hangs over the entire plot. This shows Rowling had a good understanding of her audience aging with the books.
The Harry Potter series is some of Fry's best work when it comes to narration. His best characters when it comes to this story in particular for me are Sirius and Lupin. He is great as Sirius who perfectly conveys the idea that Sirius is a deep voiced gentleman who hasn't had much reason to use his voice for a long time and as such his voice is becoming a lot more croakey and gravelly. Lupin on the other hand sounds like the kind of good hearted teacher that I remember from my favourite classes. A soft spoken man who for sure could raise his voice when required.
If you ever want to give Potter a try on audio don't be afraid to jump in! This story will always make me smile.
"Pure Brilliance "
Absolutely loved all aspects of the book. Brings my childhood memories back to life. Love it!
"NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT!!!!!!!!!"
It is AMAZING!!!!! I am a Harry Potter fan and LOVE all the audiobooks so far!!! Stephen Fry is just amazing, he imitates Hagrid very well....
I love all the harry potter because books and am glad they finally come to audible. Stephen fry is also amazing
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