If you are a childless adult who still hasn't read Harry Potter and you currently see no reason why you should, please be advised: You don't want to m..Show More »iss out on this epic and fantastically imaginative saga of Good vs. Evil. But you know what else you REALLY don't want to miss? The humor. These books are a laugh a minute, easily, except when danger is truly threatening our intrepid hero Harry and his two steadfast friends, Ron and Hermione. This is my third time listening to this series, and I am sure there will be a fourth. How many other series can you say that about? The only way Audible could make this a better value would be to offer all seven volumes as a combined set for the cost of a single credit. Jim Dale's flawless narration is the cherry on top of this literary sundae for readers of all ages. Thank you, Audible, and thank you to the inimitable J.K. Rowling, without whom the world would be a far less fun place. Grade: A+++
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 ..Show More »parents before him were brutally murdered.
The humor, the many laugh-out-loud moments, and the palpably real pain, loneliness and longing of preadolescent friendships. Also, this is the book wh..Show More »ere you begin to notice that J.K. Rowling has pulled off a feat previously only achieved by Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series: Her prose is "growing up" with Harry and his friends, and by this volume is approaching adult language, and is, like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, rapidly leaving childhood behind.
This volume forms the crux of the overall Harry Po..Show More »tter saga, as the tension builds inexorably from the beginning of the novel (when only Harry, alone of the magical community, has firsthand knowledge not only that the Dark Lord has risen but that he has begun attacks within the muggle community) and the end (when....NO SPOILERS, but let's just say the cat is out of the bag on the Voldemort question). In between, Harry must endure not only the scorn and ridicule of those whom he once counted as friends, not only ceaseless mockery in the corrupt press, not only official legal action against him brought by corrupt and ignorant ministry officials...but also actual physical torture at the hands of at least one secret Death Eater/sympathizer who has managed to infiltrate the Hogwarts faculty.
“It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
..Show More »Probably my favorite book in the series. I think this is JK Rowling at the peak of her writing, confidence, and strength. She is dealing with older protagonists and deeper, darker themes. She is dealing with themes of treachery, loss, etc.. All things that are usually dealt with in adult novels, but glossed over in YA fiction. While the literary pedant in me will sometimes cringe at her numerous clichés, there still exists a place where I'm able to ignore the rough patches that a good editor might have corrected, but these are small peeves; similar to the irritations I feel for Star Wars. Speaking of Star Wars, THIS would be JK Rowling's 'Empire Strikes Back.' The best in the series.
Not only would I, I've already given away dozens of copies as gifts to friends and family. This is the only literary series ever written that keeps th..Show More »e quality of the writing high and getting better in each volume, right up to the very last word, while not forgetting or dropping or bungling a single minor character or secondary plot line.This is the book that grabs the reader by the heart and twists, as young people are forced to strike out on their own to save the world from unspeakable evil. More than once, all appears lost, and Harry and the reader think things can't possibly get any worse....until help arrives at the last second, from the most unlikely of sources!!