Harry Potter y el cáliz de fuego (Harry Potter 4)

Narrated by: Carlos Ponce
Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
5 out of 5 stars (423 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Habrá tres pruebas, espaciadas en el año escolar, que medirán a los campeones en muchos aspectos diferentes: sus habilidades mágicas, su osadía, sus dotes de deducción y, por supuesto, su capacidad para sortear el peligro." 

En Hogwarts se realizará el Torneo de los Tres Magos. Solo los magos que tienen más de diecisiete años pueden ingresar, pero eso no impide que Harry sueñe con ganar la competencia. Luego, en la festividad de Halloween, cuando el Cáliz de Fuego hace su selección, Harry se sorprende al descubrir que su nombre es uno de los que elige la copa mágica. Se enfrentará a tareas que desafían a la muerte, dragones y magos oscuros, pero con la ayuda de sus mejores amigos, Ron y Hermione, ¡podría lograrlo y salir con vida!

Please note: This audiobook is narrated in Spanish with a Latin American accent.

©2000 J.K. Rowling/Pottermore Ltd. (P)2019 J.K. Rowling/Pottermore Publishing

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Favorite HP book + just-ok production

This review is essentially the same as my reviews for the other Carlos Ponce audiobooks currently available.

The story is wonderful. GoF (CdF?) is my favorite book in the series (4, 6, 3, 1, 2, 7, 5 don't @ me). If you're buying this audiobook you've probably read the whole series before, so you don't need to be convinced that this book is any good, but honestly: this is Rowling working to her absolute strengths as an author. For the first time, the school-year-whodunit format of the first three books is expanded with forays into world-building and broader societal themes that don't fall apart at the slightest inspection. The plotting is honestly amazing--multiple mysteries intersecting over hundreds and hundreds of pages (or 22 hours, for the audiobook, I guess). The characters are arguably at their best. Hermione is Lawful Good without being a scold, and gets an authentic relationship arc with Krum and handling Ron's jealousy. Ron kind of sucks, because he kind of sucks in every book, but his complex over growing up poor+overlooked is well developed in the text. Harry's discovery and subsequent total mishandling of his feelings for Cho are extremely relatable. Draco Malfoy...isn't totally insufferable. (Malfoy/Crabbe/Goyle are realistic schoolyard bullies for 11 year olds, but why Harry/Ron continue to get riled with their same antics as 4th/5th-years is beyond me) One downside: this is the third book in a row where Bad Things Happen To That Big Oaf Hagrid Just To Move The Plot Along, but at least it explores wizard society while doing so.
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I'm approaching these audiobooks as a native English speaker and learner of Spanish. As a learning aid, I 100% recommend these audiobooks--the narration+accent is clear and comprehensible. I did the same when learning German (using the absolutely amazing Rufus Beck audiobooks from Audible) and got great results.

I've marked the performance down for a couple of reasons. First, Carlos Ponce does a great job with character voices, and puts good energy into his delivery, but tends to deliver almost all dialogue the same. I mean, if there's one thing J.K. Rowling is known for as an author, it's adverbs--every single piece of dialogue comes with instructions, so to speak. But whether Filch "screamed" or Hermione "whispered" or Dumbledore said "calmly", Ponce delivers them all roughly the same.

My second problem might not lie with Ponce, but with the production: the text is barely given any time to breathe. Scene changes within chapters (something happens, then we transition to our heroes discussing it in the Common Room or whatever) receive absolutely no pause/signaling, which can be really jarring. Momentous or climactic events are not read or edited dramatically, but almost rushed through. In this book, that's...basically every challenge, plus the graveyard showdown. This might be on Ponce as the narrator, but (along with the same-y dialogue) it feels like a lack of production/preparation--like they handed Ponce the book and had him do it all in roughly one take, without allowing him to get a feel for the rhythm of the text.

This stuff might sound like nit-picking, but it's at the core of what separates good oral story-telling from great oral story-telling. Without the text in front of us, we are reliant on the narrator to give us a sense of when tension is rising or falling, and where the narrative climax falls. This isn't just for entertainment, but to actually make sense of the events as they happen. The Pottermore/Rufus Beck German editions of these books do a phenomenal job of this.

Overall, while I enjoyed this audiobook, I hope (but doubt) that the editing+delivery are improved for books 5/6/7.

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great way to improve Spanish as second language

Carlos Ponce is an amazing performer--I loved Jim Dale for the English version, and was worried that the quality wouldn't be as good, but I'm hooked. And, for those learning Spanish, the vocabulary is much more interesting than "how do I get to the train station?" Nick Casidecapitado, or mortifago, come up in everyday conversation all the time!

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Horrible French accent

I loved this series in english so I wanted to try the Spanish version. Everything was great until Madam Maxime spoke. He did TRY with the French but half the time I could not understand what he was saying unless I was REALLY paying attention.
He also makes half the characters sound the same, which would be fine if he didn’t make them all sound lazy. This is something that I thought would be improved by now since this was the readers issue since the first book.
I am a Spanish speaking woman born to Spanish parents, so I’m not rating this as if I did not know the language.
The story itself is great, but the voices and accents could use some work. Honestly a little disappointed since this is my favorite book in the series.

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Fantastic!

Thank you so much for the great work! I have been anxiously waiting for these books in Spanish and I'm so happy to listen. Carlos Ponce really gives 100% and the audio quality sounds excellent. It has been worth the wait.

Thank you. :)

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otra más

me gusta mucho escuchar libros, me permite entenderlos diferente a como se leen. gracias Carlos

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Excelente

La interpretación de Carlos Ponce es EXCELENTE!!! De verdad uno se siente en el mundo de Harry

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muy entretenida

muy agradable la descripción del libro, entretenido y esta más detallado (obviamente) que la película

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Harry potter

Me encantó y cautivó en su historia gracias a la narración y juego de voces

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Que felicidad

Santo me encanto, de verdad estuvo genial. aun que aun no me sigue gustando Carlos Ponce pero hace lo que puede jejee

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increíble libro!!!

excelente y esencial para entender el universo de Harry Potter. Excelente lectura de Carlos Ponce.

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  • Marcus
  • 01-20-20

Excellent

Carlos Ponce really brings the story to life. I am learning Spanish so play it on 0.75 speed which works really well. A wonderful narrator.
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  • 08-04-19

another incredible audiobook

I really loved this, I'd forgotten how much stuff was in this book that was left out of the film.

The voice acting by Carlos Ponce is otherwise just as incredible as it is for the other audiobooks in the series (except maybe for the French accents, which were a bit annoying).