I've never got to the Harry Potter books. I love the movies and the games, however I have never actually read the books. Therefore, I decided, that my..Show More » first audiobook from Audible will be Phillosopher's Stone. It was captivating from start to finish, making my eyes literally water with some kind of nostalgia at some places. I don't think anyone else would have narrated it better than Stephen Fry. His amazing voice brings every character to life and creates an exquisite atmosphere throughout the whole story. Now I can't wait to buy the rest of the HP audiobooks!
Ok i gotta admit, that was pretty damn good. As someone who never really understood the hype of Harry Potter from the movies, I've slowly been reading..Show More » (well listening, thanks to Stephen Fry) the books due to some not so subtle nudging from my Harry Potter crazed wife. I was not expecting to enjoy it when I began my journey, but after i think half way thru book 3 i was noticing i was listening longer and longer each time. By the time I had started this book i was eager for more quidditch and Harry shenanigans. Although (spoiler alert) i was initially disappointed to find out there would be no quidditch this time around, it didn't seem to matter as the story was so fleshed out it didn't seem to need it. The fact this book was almost double the length of the last (in hrs for audiobooks length anyway) should be testament to this, Rowlings writing style went from strength to strength each book and this book seemed like a culmination of that hard work. As someone who started out as a pretty big sceptic of the whole Potterverse, putting it down to a simple children's series i am happy to say I was quite wrong indeed.
I have been a fan of Harry Potter, or maybe I should say JK Rowling, since the beginning, But never I had enjoyed this book, my favorite of the series..Show More », like this before. Mr Fry breathes new, detailed and nuanced life into the characters. I understood many things that my own reading (one reads faster in silence) did not reveal to me. The movie does not do any justice to the story, even if it is a good movie. Gary Oldman, as passionate an actor as he is, is no match for Mr Fry's careful and believable creation.And his Dumbledore is also a new version of the wise, beautiful old magician. Mr Fry's is more mysterious, more human, incredibly caring. This was lovely. Thank you.
Look, the story is wonderful, everyone knows that. But what really makes this book (all seven of them) is the narration. Stephen Fry is an amazing nar..Show More »rator. He actually gives everyone different voices so that I know before the text says so who is speaking. And the way he sets scenes with different cadence… you know something scary/exciting/funny/distressing is about to happen before it happens because of the way he reads it. And the way he does people’s voices when they’re scared or crying or drunk or whatever, just – wow. Even Harry’s inside voice really changes with his mood. It’s all brilliant and extremely impressive and so enthralling. I think I cried and laughed and paused what I was doing to stare in shock more while reading the books like this than I ever did reading them with my eyes. So all in all, the best narration I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. And some of the best stories as well.