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Publisher's Summary

"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...." 

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny.... 

©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

Critic Reviews

"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)

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masterly written and performed

One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!

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MY FAVORITE

I remember the first time i actually read this book. i knew then it will always be my favorite one. it carries so much emotions and breaks my heart into a million pieces. Listening to it being narrated for the first time - by Stephen - made the book so much more intense. his narration s so on point, he had the hairs on my neck up listening to him.

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Blown away

Jk Rowling is a genius and Stephen fry is the perfect person to deliver her magic.

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My favourite book and audiobook at the same time

I could listen to this over and over, and in fact, I have already listened to the whole book about 10 times now over the course of several years. I only recently got it on Audible. I also love Jim Dale’s version, but unfortunately, I cannot get it on Audible because I live in Korea.

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Absolutely wonderful, incredibly well read!

The narrator, Stephen Fry has done it again. How he gets all the different accents and voice types right each time is a wonder. Such a talented man.

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harry potter

its amazing its feels like your there , you can see everything in the fight

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Magnificent

A book like no other. Absolutely fascinating. Could not stop listening to this brilliant tale. Even though I have read the book twice already. Listening was a whole new experience.

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Stephen Fry's performance is amazing

Stephen Fry's performance is amazing, lost count on how many times I relistened to Harry Potter, entire series and he just makes it so much more enjoyable.

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Great story

The sixth book of the saga brings to light the transformation of Tom Ridle into Lord Voldemort. As the story progresses, Harry struggles to reconcile his life now that he has lost his godfather - Sirius Black.
This book isn't as dark as the previous one, however, the author maintains the climate of apprehension and seriousness that history has acquired.

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  • Gvido
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 01-30-18

Awesome book

Great story, great performance in reading it aloud - so many facets, subplots and interesting details. I loved it!

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  • Simon
  • 12-18-15

Twists, turns and shocks!

This is the sixth of the magical seven, each developing the story and leading to the climactic finale in The Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling uses The Half Blood Prince to further ensnare the reader into the twists that are to reveal themselves in the final conclusion of the story.

Part of the skill really is that these characters genuinely grow as they progress through their school years. As in real life with that growth comes responsibility. Once again Harry is pitted up against his now traditional enemies. Increasingly he starts to see shades of grey rather than simple black and white issues while the stakes become increasingly high.

There are twists, turns, surprises and shocks including for anyone who doesn’t know the stories a huge one at the end which I certainly wouldn’t reveal as it really is a huge development. This is something that continues into the final book so be prepared to constantly re-evaluate characters. The identity of the Half Blood Prince I found particularly intriguing and on first encounter with the stories didn’t see it coming at all.

The depth of the mysterious plot is increased by the beautiful marriage of the antiquities of the wizardly world and the seedier side of modern society such as government corruption and the modern media. The latter most ably represented by the brilliantly presented Rita Skeeter, a journalist so awful she could grace any of our tabloids!

I’m very glad that the author took the longer form for the final few books. This story and its characters needed that depth and the genuine cleverness of this book should not be fully judged in my opinion until the final book, The Deathly Hallows has also been finished. I’ll say no more.

The narration of course, the Master Fryer, little need be said other than a quick “Bravo!”.

One small note. I see all of these books listed under “Children : 8-10”. I would never seek to advise any parents on what their children should or should not read (within reason) and I was happy to let my daughter read these at age 10 when she asked. However, the books changed quite distinctly with the ages of the main characters. A line or two is bound to have been crossed so some parents may well want to review a plot synopsis or research these later books before making a decision on them. Not my call but I suspect some parents might just draw the line for a sensitive 8 or 9 year old.


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  • lilmissb
  • 05-23-18

well read

Well narrated by Stephen Fry - great use of different voices and accent for different characters and not at all monotone or mundane

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-17

Harry and the half blood Prince

This Harry potter book is so full of excitement and it makes it Silk good.

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  • chloeparrot
  • 01-16-17

Excellent performance by Stephen Fry

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes - an excellent performance by Stephen Fry of an enthralling, and well told story. Recommended for children of all ages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6?

Oh so many - when Harry realised that the Half Blood Prince was Snape, the fact that Hermione got annoyed that Harry was doing better than her in Potions, Harry's fight with Malfoy - just to name a few.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

All of them

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

Neither - just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Somewhat different to the film - so should be read first.

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  • Jacob Redmon
  • 09-17-18

simply the best!

Are there any better audiobooks? is there a better narrator? probably not. for decades to come I will listen to these wonderful books babe

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  • Jessica
  • 09-15-18

best of them all so far....

incredible, tearful, so very well written, you will laugh smile and cry. my heart is throbbing

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  • Claire Lloyd
  • 09-15-18

The best Potter book

Brilliant. Very gripping and moving. Couldn't put it down. Can't wait to read the final one.

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  • Dragon girl
  • 09-14-18

Older, darker, cooler! 😀

I loved this book, it's am-azing! And I hope you will too,.because its worth it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-12-18

Love

I love Harry Potter and Stephen Fry's voice is amazing I wish he could read every book ever.

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  • stacey
  • 09-04-18

brilliant !

loved this one just as I've loved the others! Stephen's voice is perfectly addictive! highly recommended

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-19-16

Nothing better.

Brilliant!
Perfect reading of a perfect story.
Not to be missed by young or old.

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  • Carolyn
  • 08-01-16

Stephen Fry is a master! Again!

one of the saddest, most shocking books of the series and Stephen Fry conveys all of it brilliantly! can't thankyou enough!

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  • kristine
  • 07-30-17

Roses review

This book is an amazing book I loved Stephen fry's reading expressions


I would recommend this book for ages 9+ I give this book a ten out of ten for everything

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  • V. Stacey
  • 08-05-16

awesome

Stephen Fry brings this story alive like no other could. can listen to this over and over!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-18

A tragic masterpiece

Stephen Fry narrates so well and Rowling immerses us (again) in the wizarding once more. At this point in the series is like Harry and the characters are real friends to me. A must read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-17-18

Sorry I’m not going home right

Yesterday’s good news today was the day you got I love the new version but it’s not so much more than I love do I just have a cool great day time with you baby I hope you get the new baby up and get me more awesome new ones and thanks baby you are the baby you can do so good baby baby please baby I’m going baby please love you love love and

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-18

Second to Last and the Beginning of the Heartbreak

Half Blood Prince is the second last book in this series but it marks the beginning of the heartbreak of not just what's to come but also the ending of the series.

Ordinarily seven books would seem a lengthy number for any series, but in the magical world of Harry Potter seven is not nearly enough. Perhaps even there is never enough of this fantastical journey and therein lies the true magnificence of this whole series by J.K Rowling.

Alas all good things must come to an end, but there's no limits on how many times you can relive the magic now is there?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-18

excellent

loved it Stephen Fry is a fantastic narrator especially for this series. would definitely recommend

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  • Emma Wilson
  • 09-03-18

Fantastic book read by a genius

Stephen Fry makes this book come to life with his reading. The book itself is great and combined the audio book is outstanding

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  • Carmen
  • 08-20-18

Loved it for the 3rd time

An entertaining reading of one of my favorite stories. A classic through and through. Love!