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Publisher's Summary

"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin! 

Theme music composed by James Hannigan.

©1997 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

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

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Magical!

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 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!

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The Harry Potter Series

Would you listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 again? Why?

I would listen to this book again in fact I would listen to any of the Potter books again because I can always learn something different every time I read them.

What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 to and why?

Harry Potter has ideas expressed in other books but this is something different. I can relate to this world in many ways an orphan not loved by his guardians not told anything about where he comes from hears it from a completed e stranger goes to a magical school discovers his enemy is not actually d

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when Hagrid gives Dudly a pig tail it is just so funny.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment which moves me is when Dumbledore says this. To the well organized mind, death is just another adventure.

Any additional comments?

Don't try to compare Stephen Fry's readings with Jim Dale there are 2 different styles both of which blend themselves with the uniqueness of this series.

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  • Gvido
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 02-03-16

At last!!!

I was waiting for this for some time – and it was worth the waiting time!!! Wow!!! Stephen Fry lifts J.K.Rowlings fantastic Harry Potter to another dimension!!! Wow again!

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great fan<br />

i love this book. great story greatly told. i am looking forward to hear the other books as well

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Whimsical & Enchanting

As I was listening to Stephen Fry's narration, I was also reading the book. Mr. Fry helped the story leap of the pages and brought all the characters to live. He turned a pleasant experience into a a truly marvelous one.

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The first bool of my favourite series!

Loved the way it was narrated, made me feel like I was in the the world of Harry Potter.

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Amazed

I have never read the book, now questions of time and then interest. My young self thought that the movies were enough but when I grew up I realize that I was missing something.

Thank you for showing me what I was missing in the stories that I loved as movies.

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Awesome

There has never been someone more appropiate to perform the reading than Strphen Fry. A wonderful story + such a great performer = an excelent experience. I'm so getting the other audibles by him (Even though I've already read the books tons of times and watched the movies on several ocations)

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Magic

It took me a long time to start to read Harry Potter. I have no regrets.

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  • Derri
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 10-16-18

Simply Fabulous

There are very few (young) people who aren't familiar with Harry Potter. Listening to the familiar story in the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry is delightful. Subtle vocals, and beautiful enunciation, it's a great way to spend some quiet time in the car.

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  • Simon
  • 11-20-15

Perfectly Fryed Potter

If ever a series didn't need introducing it has to be J.K. Rowling's stunning Harry Potter! As soon as I saw this was available the only question on my mind was whether or not the narrator would do it justice. This is a big pair of reading glasses to fill!

Well, they only went and got Stephen Fry! He is superb! His voice fits Rowling's work to a tee and the story unfolds through his quintessential English being delivered with huge aplomb. Of course we do all know that this series grew in stature and maturity with its audience. There are tougher, longer books ahead of this one that have more of a cutting edge to them. So can he keep it up? Well based on this first volume there is little doubt in my mind that he will!

Potter fans can rest assured that this audiobook does Rowling's work full justice!

See you in Hogwarts!

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  • kimberlie
  • 08-11-17

It's Harry Potter read by Stephen Fry!

its bit hard to go wrong with that combination. perfectly comforting and an easy indulgence.

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  • Cyberspark13
  • 11-25-15

Fry gives magical performance.

Mr Fry does a superb reading of this enjoyable book. Really brought the books back to life for me.

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  • tootelm
  • 11-24-15

Thank goodness

Iv been waiting for ages for Harry potter to become available. I love the way Steven Fry reads it x

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  • joanne
  • 12-17-15

love it

I will always love harry potter, no matter how old I am. Stephen Fry was lovely to listen to and I felt like he really put his love into performing this.

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  • STEPHEN
  • 12-10-15

150 Points to Gryffindor!

Top quality from start to finish! A perfect listen for the winter months. Fry is brilliant as always.

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  • Susan
  • 11-21-15

Been waiting to be able to hear this on my ipod

The first of the Harry Potter series read by Stephen Fry - who else could tell these stories with such clarity and poise. I now have these recordings on cassette, cd and now for mp3/ipod. The more the listen the more you find in the characters and story telling - thank you JK for Harry.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-21-15

A must buy

A famous book that is a must listen to. Great start to the 7 book series. Super voices

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  • Mikey
  • 01-17-16

Great job by narrator

Any additional comments?

What a fantastic rendition to arguably one of the greatest fictional series of all time. Stephen Fry does a marvellous job; with fantastic switching between characters and dialogue to some pretty impressive impersonations. Narrating the Harry Potter series is no mean feat, something even Fry should be proud of achieving in his career.

I won't waste your time telling you this is an enchanted tale about a young wizard who goes to Hogwarts school to learn magic. All I will say is this: Stephen Fry and audible have done Rowling proud with a superb telling of a superb story. I'm off to listen to Chamber of Secrets now. Enjoy!


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  • Ruth
  • 11-20-15

yay

Finally the reason why wanted audible is now here. This is great. Can't wait to get stuck in

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  • MARIA COUTAS
  • 10-13-16

Revisiting an old friend

Sometimes, you just need a little make believe to get you through reality 😊. Loved coming back to this story and Stephen Fry is so easy to listen to. Makes the characters come alive.

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  • John
  • 09-19-16

Stephen Fry was brilliant

A fantastic book narrated brilliantly by Stephen Fry. As someone who had seen the movie but was never able to read past the first chapter or two of the book, finding it dull compared to the action of the movie. This audiobook was absolutely perfect, helped very much by Stephen Frys narration (I especially liked his Hagrid voice). I couldn't stop listening and can now say without a doubt that the book is better than the movie.

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  • Oscar
  • 12-28-15

Yass

This was amazing!!!

A. The book is amazing

B. Stephen Fry is a perfect narrator!

You must listen to this even if you're not a big fan of Harry Potter.

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  • Hannah
  • 01-19-17

A must listen

Growing up, I would stand in line waiting for each new Harry Potter book to be released. The books captured my imagination and allowed me to escape into another world.
Now, having seen the movies & re-read the books many times, it's magical to listen to Stephen Fry read the stories out loud.
A must download

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  • Deborah
  • 12-03-15

Wonderful

An expressive and animated performance of a classic story. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The characters were brought to life by Stephen Fry well worth a listen.

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  • Shadow
  • 02-03-17

Enchanting

Had never read a book or watched a movie - then I fell in love.

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  • Amelia
  • 03-08-17

Excellent all around

Best story ever, read by a great narrator. The only sad point is that the series doesn't go on forever.

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  • Melissa Van Twest
  • 02-07-17

What a spellbinding narration by Stephen Fry!

I was a little skeptical about audio books at first but soon found myself absolutely enthralled by Stephen Fry's energetic and lively narration. He made me laugh, gasp and miss my tram stop, all while revisiting one of my favourite book series in a new and exciting way.

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  • Satheesh
  • 02-04-17

Stephen Fry has done it!!

In my opinion, Stephen Fry is the best narrator ever. His voice acting was marvellous and helped build scenes and characters in my mind very vividly.

Once you start it, its very hard to put it down. Its addictive!! I might listen to it again once i get thru the series.

I am on to the next book now.

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  • Julia
  • 11-29-15

excellent story lovely narration

lovely narration of a childhood classic. so nice to revisit it through audio book. Stephen Fry is an excellent expressive narrator.

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