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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)2015 J.K. Rowling

What the Critics Say

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

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    Eirik 05-10-16
    Eirik 05-10-16 Member Since 2016
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CharlieSwing 08-29-17
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    "As if I were in the story"
    Would you listen to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to HP6 again. The story is captivating and the reading is clear and passionate.


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

    I love the scenes in the Potions class with Slughorn.


    What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings all the characters to life without exaggerating or turning them into caricatures. I can feel and understand the difference between the young and old Voldemort or between female and male characters or different creatures without being annoyed by the over-playing of high or low pitched voices.


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

    I had read the books before, therefore I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction, but rather a sense of anticipation of how certain scenes would be read and how the story would progress.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a crescendo of danger in the story that Stephen Fry manages to capture majestically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    08-23-17
    08-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "No puedo parar de escucharlo"

    Está increíblemente bien redactado, cualquier persona que hace adicta a los audiolibros con las novelas de Harry Potter

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    Pete! 07-04-17
    Pete! 07-04-17
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    "excellent as ever!"

    loved this one, shame I've only got one left, Steven fry as always nailed it!

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    Amazon Customer 04-10-17 Member Since 2016

    My mom makes me promise not to buy more than 2 books every time i leave the house. I am 26 years old.

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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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    Sharon 03-27-17
    Sharon 03-27-17
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    "What I think about the book"

    It was great and set out with much detail a good mixture of narration and dialogue but the chapters were a bit long but either than that it is the best book I have ever read

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    Stefano C. 12-16-16
    Stefano C. 12-16-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Spectacular"

    Each book is special in a different way. I think this is the one where the personality of the sixteen years old Harry comes out the most, and KJR carries this on magisterially.

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    mathijs 11-30-16
    mathijs 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic book"

    very good narrator's, gets the voices juist right. as alway in the harry potter series its full of mystery and excitement

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    SUNG JO BANG 10-15-16
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    "Excellent story!"

    I have read this book three times. It is still interesting and exciting. Excellent story.

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  • Simon
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    12/18/15
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    "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.


    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • chloeparrot
    England
    1/16/17
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    9/21/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    Another great story in the Harry Potter series - and Stephen Fry's narration really brings it to life. I absolutely loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ahmed
    9/13/17
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    "Sick ting"

    Lovely stuff. Can't go wrong with a bit of harre pote nd the gang. Shame abt gandalf tho.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • james macdonald
    8/21/17
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    "fry and potter a magical combo"

    fab start to finish. listening to harry potter seems to be the 3rd experience. 1st it was reading it, 2nd was watching it and now hearing it. brill

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • saphire
    8/6/17
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    "Amazing "

    loved this book before listening to it but Stephen Frys narration made it even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs J Clarke
    8/5/17
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    "Great"

    Great book to listen to, Stephen Fry is superb at narrative g. Would highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • melanie
    8/4/17
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    "loved it"

    made a book I love into a book I love even more! just absolutely brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/1/17
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    "Brilliant!"

    This is a brilliant book. The way Stephan Fry reads it is amazing. It has a brilliant plot and has an amazing structure. It is gripping, and good to listen on a rainy day, but even on a sunny one too.

    Just brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darthenia
    7/29/17
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    "Perfect British Bliss"

    Stephen Fry's perfect telling of the harry Potter books just could not get better, far more exciting, enthralling and original than the Warner Bros films could ever be. J K Rowling is a genius and a true British hero, combining her literary skills with fry's legendary skills is a match made in heaven.
    also remastered nicely from the old cd/cassettes :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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