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Orphelin, Harry Potter est élevé par un oncle et une tante qui ne l'aiment pas. Le jour de ses 11 ans, son existence bascule : un géant l'emmène à Poudlard, l'école de sorcellerie ! Voilà son incroyable destin : être sorcier. Jeter des sorts, utiliser des pouvoirs, ensorceler les trolls... À la maison Gryffondor, il rencontre Ron et Hermione, s'initie au Quidditch, un sport pratiqué sur un balai. La vie est excitante, mais Voldemort, Celui-Dont-On-Ne-Doit-Pas-Prononcer-Le-Nom, refait surface.

Initiation ou plaisir renouvelé, plongez dans le 1er tome du célèbre chef d'œuvre de J.K. Rowling ! Guidé par une voix envoutante, revivez le début de la série Harry Potter avec ce livre audio à télécharger.
©1997 J.K. Rowling (P)2000 Éditions Gallimard Jeunesse

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Overall good, but a bit mumbly

The audio and the e-book differ every so slightly, which is annoying to follow a second language learner of French. The speed of narration is fast for me as a non-native speaker, but that's fine.

Overall, the acting is pretty good, but some of the characters he reads with a mumbled. bored, nasal voice which is unbelievably hard to understand. Ron and Neville come to mind, maybe Malfoy. I didn't feel like that added anything to the story.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Very Difficult To Understand

So context, I am a fourth year university student (in Canada) taking French. I am fluent in French and fairly confident with my command of the language. That being said, I had a VERY difficult time understanding the narrator... Perhaps because I am not an native French speaker, but even with slowing down the narration I had such a difficult time understanding the voices. They seem mumbled, they seem too nasal and it causes me a lot of difficulty with this book.

I am hoping once I spend a little more time immersed in the French language I will be better equipped to understand that narration, but as someone who exclusively operates in the French language academically... I am not sure that that will happen any time soon.

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As a native speaker, you will enjoy this book
As a language learner, you will probably have difficulty with this book

TIP: if you listen to this while reading a physical copy of the book, you will be able to better understand the narration.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Narrator

Am trying to learn Italian and French so was excited when the Harry Potter series came out in those languages. Unfortunately the narrator mangled the voices of almost every character to make their narration not only unintelligible, but occasionally downright painful. Yes, painful, stomach-churning pain trying to figure out who was talking and what was being said. The narrator was amazing when he wasn't doing the Dursleys or Hagrid -- I appreciated his effort in changing the tone and accent in order to portray the vast array of characters in the book, but it became overdone and over-the-top

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Fantastic book. Big challenge.

Well, it was a delight to listen to this book, it was also a big challenge. Harry Potter is the kind of book I will always read/listen no matter in what language I pick up. In this case, I choose french as an oportunity to pratice the language, but was very hard, I need to say. The narrative is faster than I was used to, and and sometimes was almost impossible to understand, as Hagrid for example. Was an exercise to come back again and again until I thought I got the meaning. After some chapters, I do not know if the narrative was slower if I got used to the pronunciation, but it was a easier to identify the text, but even so it was hard. I think so, It is almost an exercise in resistance. If you stop, you will never know what you are capable of.

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  • VRDBTL
  • 07-17-17

Douloureux à finir à cause du narrateur

Would you try another book written by J.K. Rowling or narrated by Bernard Giraudeau?

J'ai la collection complète des HP en anglais, et par pure curiosité (et nostalgie) j'ai voulu tester la version française. Ça m'aura rappelé des souvenirs de quand je les lisais quand j'étais môme mais par contre le narrateur nous vend mal, très mal son affaire. Entre Ron qui a une perruque entière sur la langue, Hagrid qu'on comprend pas, et pire que tout, des bouts de phrases qui ne font pas partie du dialogue qui sont lus comme si c'était tel ou tel personnage qui les disaient. Bref... Là où je plombe le premier livre en 2 ou 3 séances dans la version de Stephen Fry, là ça m'aura pris plus d'un mois et demi...

What three words best describe Bernard Giraudeau’s voice?

Très. Mauvais. Choix.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • laura
  • 10-25-17

C'est toujours de la magique

Great listen if you want to practice your french with a familiar story. Trop nostalgique