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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 Audiobook

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

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"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)2005 Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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    Gina Camas, WA, United States 05-13-16
    Gina Camas, WA, United States 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Masterful Narration Continues"

    Jim Dale continues his masterpiece of narration, drawing the reader on, not as some storytellers do with a tone of gathering round the fire for a great tale, rather, as though seeing, experiencing each moment through the eyes of Harry, Dumbledore, and even Snape (ProFESSOR Snape, Harry!). Having now Audibled (yes, that's a verb in our house) 6 of the 7 Potter books back to back (I'm binge-listening much the way I binge-read the books 12 years ago) I am utterly gobsmacked at Mr. Dale's tireless energy, emotion, pacing and character throughout this series. Every voice distinct, the children's voices maturing in style and tone over the years, the adults remaining flawlessly consistent and true. These recordings are a treasure for any HP fan, and will transport (or rather reapparate) you to that magical realm of Hogwarts, Quidditch pitches, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Privet Drive. Thank you to Ms Rowling for making these favorites available to the Audible audience. And Bravo, Mr Dale.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-20-15
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    "Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe."

    “It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.”
    ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Probably my favorite book in the series. I think this is JK Rowling at the peak of her writing, confidence, and strength. She is dealing with older protagonists and deeper, darker themes. She is dealing with themes of treachery, loss, etc.. All things that are usually dealt with in adult novels, but glossed over in YA fiction. While the literary pedant in me will sometimes cringe at her numerous clichés, there still exists a place where I'm able to ignore the rough patches that a good editor might have corrected, but these are small peeves; similar to the irritations I feel for Star Wars. Speaking of Star Wars, THIS would be JK Rowling's 'Empire Strikes Back.' The best in the series.

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    "it is about time"

    I've always loved these books, and I am so glad that they have FINALLY come to audible. Such adventure, and fun!

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    Gretchen SLP Sacramento, California 11-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Standout, Stand-Alone Adult Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely yes!! Jim Dale brings animation to the characters that is so high quality that the Audible version easily exceeds the movie version in terms of entertainment value.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The increasing tensions both inside and outside the castle as Harry and his friends grow up and come to full awareness, by the end of the novel, that they are truly on their own in a world in which no one is now safe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scenes include Harry's unexpected inheritance (and the "simple test" performed on Kreacher to determine his allegiance), Dumbledore's confrontation with the Dursleys, the appearance of Horace Slughorn and the way in which he is induced to join the faculty at Hogwarts, Draco's increasing secretiveness and palpable dread as he approaches having to carry out a task about which he is clearly ambivalent, Ron's unexpected (and possibly potion-induced, to hear Hermione tell it) success on the Quidditch pitch, Harry's growing awareness of the importance of Ginny, and Ron's near-death by poisoning, with all its tumultuous consequences. But the most dramatic and memorable scenes are those in which Severus Snape is coerced into making the Unbreakable Vow....and the (very related) death of a key character at the end of the novel, an ending which will leave the reader screaming "Nooooo!" and possibly sobbing. (Note to sensitive readers: We must have faith at this point that although this is not the ending we wanted or that we probably would have written if we could, somehow, the skilled author MUST know what she is doing, and has a plan that will make this ending make perfect sense in the grand scheme of the seven-volume series!)


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

    Absolutely yes--and I almost did, reading when I wasn't able to listen and vice versa! You literally will not be able to stop, especially once you reach the pivotal confrontation near the end, and Harry's unforgettable announcement to his friends after the major losses he and they have suffered.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is part of a larger series, of course, but also can stand alone as an excellent read for adults young and old. This one is DEFINITELY not a children's book!

    [PLEASE PRESS 'YES IF YOU FOUND THIS REVIEW EVEN SLIGHTLY HELPFUL! THANK YOU!!!]

    34 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent book."

    this is my favorite book of the seven. the story will keep you hooked. Jim Dale does a great job, although, I wish he didn't make Ginny sound like a man, and Hermione like a whiny little girl. all of the rest is fantastic!

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    Jared Potter 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Best book"

    Spoiler alert its very sad Dumbledore dies but it is a great book!!! I could read this every day..

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    as usual, JK Rowling knows how to tell a story. masterful plot, wonderful characters, an excellent sequel to all the others.

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    M. Cleveland Chicago, IL United States 10-18-17
    M. Cleveland Chicago, IL United States 10-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Anbosutely wonderful the second time around"

    Probably the best books of our generation. J.K. Is an awe inspiring writer who’s wonderful books have inspired countless fans around the globe. Just listened to all seven books and it did not disappoint.

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    Amazon Customer 10-18-17
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    "Incredible Story, Captivating Narration"

    I didn't begin the Harry Potter series until I was an adult. I absolutely adore the positive themes of bravery, perseverance, friendship, loyalty, and the juxtaposition of good and evil. Rowling wrote an amazing story and Dale adds a magic that even the movies cannot considering so much has to be left out of them. A wonderful duo! 30 stars!!!

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    Conrad 10-10-17
    Conrad 10-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    It was great! one of the best books in the series so far. thumbs up.

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