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A Special Message from Andrew Lincoln

Watch this short message from Andrew Lincoln, narrator of Quidditch Through the Ages, as he announces his involvement in the project.
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Publisher's Summary

A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game's history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder. 

Narrated by Andrew Lincoln, this is the first audiobook edition of Whisp's book ever to be released. Andrew is a People's Choice Awards winner and a BAFTA nominated actor, best known for his role as Rick Grimes in the TV series The Walking Dead. His other film and television credits include Made in Dagenham, Strike Back and Love Actually. 

Bonus Content Included
This audio edition of Quidditch Through the Ages includes over an hour and a half of exclusive bonus content, narrated by Andrew Lincoln, Annette Badland and Imogen Church, featuring The History of the Quidditch World Cup, written by J.K. Rowling in 2014 for pottermore.com, now brought to life in audio for the first time. 

Explore some of the Daily Prophet's reports on the preliminary rounds of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, also written by J.K. Rowling, via the voices of our two commentators, Ginny Potter (Imogen Church) and Rita Skeeter (Annette Badland). Feel like you're listening to a real-life Quidditch match with this unexpected duo as they report live on the Final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. 

15% of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited 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.  

©2018 J.K. Rowling (P)2018 J.K. Rowling

Andrew Lincoln Discovers His Patronus

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A fantastic production!

Andrew Lincoln’s reading of this book was an absolute joy to listen to, but it was the beautifully dramatized 2014 Quidditch World Cup coverage that I enjoyed the most. As a long time member of Pottermore relished reading those Daily Prophet articles as they were posted back in 2014. To have this small chapter of the Harry Potter story finally produced in an audio format is something I thought I’d never see. Now if we could just get an audio adaptation of The Cursed Child.

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Very entertaining

I found the entire book extremely entertaining. It was very well narrated and is a nice addition to the Harry Potter books in story. When I found the most entertaining out of all of it was the 2014 Quidditch World Cup narrated by Ginny potter and Rita Skeeter. That part just made my day

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Well worth a listen and entertaining to the last

Andrew Lincoln (aka Rick Grimes) does a fantastic and hilarious job of the individual voices of the "historical" characters as well as a smooth narrative throughout the book. When the history of the game, it's rules, and conception are finished, we get a hilarious Ginny Weasley and Rita Skeeter coverage of a world cup match. Special bonus for those of us Doctor Who fans when realization hit that Rita Skeeter is voiced by the lady Slitheen from the Christopher Eccleston season, Annette Badland. Overall, the narratives, the well timed sound effects, and the quirky story telling we've come to know and love make this an excellent, if short trip into the Wizarding World.

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Referees Had Been Known to Vanish

“Although people rarely died playing Quidditch, referees had been known to vanish and turn up months later in the Sahara Desert.”

Story: Quidditch Through the Ages is an entertaining history of the sport. You will cover the development of the sport, the introduction to rules, broom evolution and an overview of some of the Quidditch teams. Last, and certainly not least, is the thrilling reporting from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup!

Narration: The story is good, but the narration and production is what really makes this audiobook special. All of the narrators do a wonderful job at capturing their characters (or multiple characters) and the sound effects really add to the listening experience. At times, I legitimately jumped as I thought a bludger was coming my way!

Overall: Quidditch Through the Ages is a fun little book. I do wish that it was longer, but it does a good job at quenching the thirst for more Harry Potter information and history. The narration is fantastic and the production really comes to life! Some say the audio from the sound effects was loud at times, which is true, but for me that added to my experience. Is the sport as deafening as it came across in the narration? I could imagine so when you are flying around on nothing but a broom, while fans are screaming constantly and you are also trying not to take a hit. Seriously, I still fear a bludger from time-to-time throughout my day!

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Great story & narration, excessive sound effects

This was another great addition to the Harry Potter series. Andrew Lincoln was a surprisingly good narrator and I would like to hear further narration from him. The only negative observation I have for this book is the extremely excessive sound effects. They were so distracting for me that I needed to rewind in order to hear the narration over the sound effects. The book would have been solid five star listen where it not for the over the top sound effects.

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Vocal Fry and Sound Effects, Oh My

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The use of sound effects really takes away from the experience rather than enhance it. This was true with the Fantastic Beasts audio book as well. They were loud and annoying, at times even drowning out the narrator. Also, the narrator’s use of vocal fry left much to be desired. It’s unfortunate that such small details can have such a huge impact, as I could not recommend this audiobook to others and would offer a warning to those considering it. I would love to see this and the Fantastic Beasts audiobooks remixed without the sound effects, or at a minimum, with the sound effects much softer. I suppose the vocal fry would have been less annoying and perhaps not as grating without the loud, distracting, unnecessary added sound effects.

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my thoughts on quidditch Through the Ages

I loved the recounting of the 2014 quidditch World Cup at the end. I also like that they were supporting lumos and comic relief with this book, and I like what they're doing in these charities,. Furthermore I liked the book as a whole even the Quidditch information at the beginning, which of course every Harry Potter fan would buy just for the information at the beginning about Quidditch. so I'm glad I bought this book.

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A delight

Worth the listen, especially with Andrew Lincoln as the captivating narrator. It was nice to travel back to the Wizarding World.

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Sports, Sports, and Gossip

The History of Quidditch is one that any Potter fan can enjoy. The second half of the book is a sports fan's dream. The 2014 World Cup is a nail bitter from start to finish.

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Amazing!

Amazing detail storytelling sound affects!! This recording sweeps you away again to the wizarding .It gives you in-depth detail of the wonderful sport called Quidditch, ant it's history. You feel apart of the whole story. The bonus material is wonderful too!!
If you like Harry Potter then immerse yourself into the story, you won't be disappointed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-18

Amazing! Wonderful! Absolutely incredible!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this. Andrew did a fantastic job, all the voices were spot on! And the world cup was unbelievable. Really enjoyable to listen to, and it really felt like I was there at the final! I very much enjoyed the Rita elements, which gave us little indications into Harry and families life post the battle of Hogwarts. Last year being the year he sends his youngest off to Hogwarts, I'm sure I'm not the only one wanting to know more about his life since, and the lives of everyone else. So I very much appreciated these hints and nods from Rita.

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  • Markyboy13
  • 03-16-18

I just can't get enough and I'm 37!

Yet another great book from J.K and fantasticly read by Andrew Lincoln. especially enjoyed the match at the end!

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  • Keith Watson
  • 03-19-18

Enjoyable listen but not perfect

A very good adaption of the book with a well read performance by Andrew Lincoln with the highlight of this production being the bonus World Cup content (especially Rita's "commentary" of the final.)

My only criticism of this being that having no way of showing us the fantastic illustrations that where present in the books I feel it looses a little bit of its charm.

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  • Chris Stellar
  • 03-18-18

could be better

While overall performance is flawless one could argue this sort of book fits much better as a video or voiced over animation of sort, like the one they used for social media adverts. Original print had after all multiple images to showcase important bits. Its also surprising they used a voice actress to cover for Ginny Potter "live commentary" when they could just as well use Bonnie Wright and get extra scores for recognisable voice and consistency in the media.

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  • Kyle Groves
  • 03-16-18

Great but has its problems

The story was great & the voice actors fantastic. But first problem for me was sound effects, far too loud often louder than the story so you miss bits. Second I don’t need to be told every 2 mins who is reporting & where from. It’s the same person same place... Got rather repetitive & annoying after the first 5/6 times.

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  • Alex King
  • 06-17-18

loved every minute!

if you're a Harry Potter fan... this is a lovely addition to the magical world.... it has definitely quenched a thirst I've had for more magical content. highly recommended

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  • Pieta
  • 06-09-18

Love it

I have the normal version of this book but the reason I bought this book is that it has an hour of extra c

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 06-07-18

Anyone interested in quidditch will like this😀

Wonderful listen. Interesting story. Great narration. It was good to hear how this book is helping to raise money for great causes.

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  • Ian
  • 05-04-18

A great book with new content!

Quidditch matches were some of my favourite parts of the books and this short but great book gave me a history and trivia so great you could mistake it for being an actual sport being documented.

Andrew Lincoln had my attention from beginning to end while doing fairly good impressions of people being interviewed or quoted and both Imopen Church as Ginny Potter and Annette Badland as Rita Skeeter made the new content about the 2014 Quidditch world cup an excellent incentive to download this book even if you already have it, especially since in chapter 20 when we have cameos and a catch-up of what happened to Dumbledore's Army now grown up.

The sound effects caught me off guard at first but after just a few minutes I fell in love with them, they help create the atmosphere similar to the Star Wars Legends books.

Overall, definitely a great addition to the Harry Potter series, from Andrew Lincoln's narration to the new stuff starring Ginny and the fun facts of our favourite magical sport, give this a listen, you won't be disappointed one bit!

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  • Jordan
  • 04-30-18

Love Anyting Harry Potter Related

Always love wizarding world content. I Especially enjoyed the comprehnsive coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

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  • Olivia
  • 03-28-18

Why ruin this with sound effects.

The story is great and overall it’s great. Except for the ever annoying sound effects which are loud and some times annoying.
I myself listen to books with headphones and the fact that the piecing sounds kept making me flint h is just not a good look.
The final chapter “live” commentary was unbearable.

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  • Jess
  • 03-21-18

Informative and Hilarious

This was so funny, especially the commentary at the end. Who doesn't love Rita Skeeter!

Loved that my home town apparently has a quiddich team. Nostalgic for the original Potter books

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  • Jessica Anne Barry
  • 03-19-18

Irritating narration

Don’t know if I’ll even get through the intro the fake croaky ‘dumbledore voice’ is so annoying

1 of 1 people found this review helpful