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Publisher's Summary

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.

Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail... others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander's textbook ever to be released. Having starred as Newt Scamander himself in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, who better to narrate this Hogwarts Library book from one of the wizarding world's most famous Magizoologists? Eddie's film credits include The Danish Girl, My Week with Marilyn, Les Misérables and The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents….

Please note: This A-Z textbook is enhanced for audio with original sound design. This audiobook includes "audio footnotes" which have been treated with a sound effect to differentiate them from the main narration.

15% of the proceeds* from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to Comic Relief and Lumos Foundation for their work with children and young people to help them have a better life. 20% of these monies will be used by Comic Relief and 80% will be used by Lumos Foundation. Comic Relief is a registered charity in the UK with charity nos. 326568 (England/Wales) and SC039730 (Scotland). Lumos Foundation is a registered charity in the UK with no. 1112575.

*Proceeds means the cash-price or cash-equivalent price less sales taxes.

©2017 J.K. Rowling (P)2017 J.K. Rowling

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whoops

For some reason I thought that this was an actual story. Guess I should have read the description a little bit more completely. It's probably fun to sit with your kids and look through the different creatures, but doesn't make for a very interesting audible experience

46 of 48 people found this review helpful

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Better as a physical book

I knew it would be written like a guide book, but it just wasn't as engaging as I'd hoped it would be.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Mariel
  • newark, NJ, United States
  • 05-11-17

Loved this audiobook

Thank you so much for this audio book. Eddie Redmayne was just outstanding. I have read the book as well and wow this audiobook just took it to another level.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wonderfully read, great information

This book is very pleasing despite my hesitation to order it. Easy short listen and will enhance your beastly knowledge.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica D
  • San Francisco, CA United States
  • 04-26-17

Meh.

I found it hard to engage with this one. I guess I was expecting more of a narrative; the fictional-expository style didn't capture my attention despite Eddie Redmayne's excellent reading. I chuckled here and there, but I can't say I'm this book was so short.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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There is no story just a list of creatures

Probably my fault for not listening to the sample I thought it was the story of the new feature film it is not it's just a simple list of beasts nothing more. Unless you a huge Harry Potter head it's not worth your time.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Boring

I thought this would be a story similar to Harry Potter. It is not at all! Also the sound gets quiet for "subtitles" so I was constantly turning the volume up and down.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • Helena, AL, United States
  • 04-19-17

boring

this is just like reading an encylopedia. in the words of Ron, this is boring.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Boring

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I didn't realize it was an actual textbook reading. Very boring. Not the movie version.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not the best I've read

I was expecting a story but this was a fantasy encyclopedia. I'm still a fan....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 03-14-17

Shards of Pottery!

This "book" is probably a must for Potter completists.  However, it's worth mentioning that at the time of writing this review the linked Amazon reviews are a mixture of reviews about this book and the other books pertaining to "Fantastic Beasts" including the screenplay which could be confusing..  

When you get a series as special as the Harry Potter books which captured the world's imagination it really makes sense to further explore the world and its artefacts and I'll admit to being a sucker for this kind of thing at times.  This does just that and unless you've been hiding under a philosopher's stone somewhere you'll already know that it isn't another book about Harry Potter himself.  Rather, it's one of the text books used at Hogwarts brought to life in some detail. Just for clarity then this is not the screenplay or even the story of the film, either of which would be rather excellent!.  This is primarily an A-Z of the magical creatures of the Harry Potter world.  

Each creature is explained in turn including its Ministry of Magic classification.  There are various sound effects that add depth and at times amusing anecdotes about them.  The performance given by Eddie Redmayne is as you would expect given his acting talent and involvement with the film; very good. After all this is not a story per se but a text book upon which stories were built.  So it's not an easy one to read and get involved in as a narrator.

For a full credit it is of course a short book but given that so much of the proceeds are going to such worthwhile causes the whole thing makes sense for fans of Harry Potter who just want that little bit more of the magic.  I do think that the latest physical versions of the book may be a better option though.  I am a huge fan of audiobooks of course and often prefer the format to the written word but the beautiful presentation of the physical books and inclusions of extras such as handwritten notes purportedly by the characters means in this case the audiobook works less well for what is after all a reference book rather than a story.

32 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-17

fantastic

a lovely book with a great insight into the world of the Harry Potter, beautifully read too.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Emily
  • 03-30-17

Textbooks

Textbooks in the Harry Potter world are a lot more interesting than ordinary muggle textbooks, and it's probably even better because it's narrated by Eddie Redmayne.

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  • Yelena
  • 03-29-17

strictly for fans of Harry Potter

it's a guide to magical beasts, and as such it's not very riveting for muggles. otherwise, as all the Rowling 's books, it's an easy and insightful read. interesting addition to wizarding world. and you gotta love Redmayne, he's simply amazing. I have to admit- it's pretty thrilling to hear his voice reading me a book!

for foreigners: while english is not my first language, there was no struggle in understanding and separating the words, even though made up or uncommonly used names often present themselves with a level of difficulty for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-26-17

Truly Fantastic Beasts

I make no secret and no apologies for the fact , I love JK Rowling's books. I have never loved another world more since I discovered Narnia. Eddie Redmayne makes this book come to life, I don't usually spend my time listening to Audible giggling,but I did listening to this book. It was bliss, please say a huge thank you to Mr R on behalf.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-22-17

I am just

amazing work following your common sense of my​ the allergy consultants Inc a registration​

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Zoe Arnold
  • 03-21-17

Positively Magical

7 year old me absolutely loved this book when it came out in 2001. If anything, Eddie Redmayne has managed to make this even more magical for the 23 year old me. Absolutely wonderful.

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  • hollietaylor67
  • 03-20-17

Good addition to the Harry Potter world

Would you consider the audio edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be better than the print version?

I really enjoyed it espically with it being read by Eddie Redmayne, me and my daughter played the audio book whilst readying through the book itself

Any additional comments?

The only people giving this a negative review are people who don't know what the book is meant to be,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • betty wise
  • 03-20-17

A wonderful insight !

A wonderful insight into J K Rowling Fantastic Beast . Lets your imagination run free it gives you a new world in which you can lose your self.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda Bond
  • 03-19-17

Wow

Oh my gosh, this book is amaze I just love it I don't know why it was not published sooner!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lucia
  • 03-25-17

Hardcore Nerds, Ahoy!

Listen up nerds, if you're umming and ahhimg about whether $15 is reasonable to pay for something less than 2 hrs long on here, let me put your minds at rest. It is absolutely worth it.

This new edition includes more information, incorperating the wider world of the new film franchise, and is absolutely beautifully narrated by Eddie Redmayne, who let's the character of Newt postively shine through his reading. The book is fun and enjoyable, though should really be reserved for hard core nerds. This is not a story, it is for all intents and purposes, a textbook - and an encylopedia at that.

If hearing an -albiet engaging and interesting - formal introduction and history lesson followed by the alphabetical listings and descriptors of 50+ magical creatures isn't your cup of tea, this isn't the book for you.

However, if you're a Harry Potter nerd who simply Can't Get Enough, it's perfect. The entries are funny and throughly enjoyable, and the backing soundtrack of the various habitats sets the scene beautifully.

An all round A plus job!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • bec
  • 05-25-17

Bloody brilliant

Could listen to Eddie forever. Brilliant, love anything J.K. Rowling. Recommend to all. Absolutely fantastic

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • 03-17-17

I like

I like the book a lot it is very interesting to hear it from someone else

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  • Sheridan M Tanzer
  • 03-15-17

Entertaining and overall pleasing

A bit too short, might be missing some creatures I think. But it is thoroughly entertaining. I was disconcerted by the change in style with the notes using a crackling audio but got used to it during the book. Audio effects to set the scene were nice and helped gave varying character to the book. Eddie Redmaynes did a great job with the voice acting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mileta
  • 11-03-17

loved it

To get Newt Scamander himself to narrate his own story is simply genius gave it the awkward sensation he was as a magizoologist. simply love to be short listen wish there was more

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  • Sarah
  • 06-05-17

Easy listening

Where does Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was very easy to listen to given that there was no story line

What did you like best about this story?

Easy listening

Have you listened to any of Eddie Redmayne’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I like his voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I only listened in one sitting as I was on a car trip

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-22-17

Beasts (Without the Beauty)

Eddie Redmayne is a talented actor who does his best to breathe life into the beasts from the book. The sound effects certainly aid his performance. Only decided to give this book a go because I watched the movie & enjoyed that.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-09-17

different

not what I was expecting wasn't really a story persay, I wouldn't purchase it again. It's only a about an 1hr long

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  • Stacey
  • 04-14-17

Hardcore fans will enjoy

Newt Scamander reads the A-Z descriptions of 81 magical beasts.

The most entertaining part of this audiobook was the location ambient backing tracks and actual sounds of the beast that accompany each beast description.

I felt as though those sounds alongside Eddie's reading really draw you into the experiencing the magical world just that tiny bit more than just reading the book on its own.

It gets an Outstanding from me.

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  • Michelle McDonald
  • 04-04-17

Excellent narration; editing lets it down

Best for earphone listening; sound quality is poor when 'notes' are added, hard to hear.