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In my opinion, the best book of the series so far; yes it does take the trio a long time to get to Hogwarts, and yes some parts do tend to drag on; but if you're interested in becoming immersed in the magical world - this is the book for you. Not only does the plot become richer, with a whole host of new characters introduced, but you get to see a lot more lessons and subject at Hogwarts. As they prepare for their OWL exams, you get a closer look at the subjects, and the magical examination system.
Furthermore, you can see how the tension starts to build steadily towards its dramatic climax in the Ministry Of Magic at the end of the book. Characters are killed off; a secret alliance is formed; Voldemort's return causes controvesy at Hogwarts...
Stephen Fry does a wonderful job of narrating the tale; his voice is easily adaptable to any character; from Harry to Hermione, and Dumbledore to Voldemort - he does the lot. He also brings something very unique to the series; that quintessential British accent.
As good as the book and narrator are however, I feel that the audiobook is very pricey (around £55). Given that this product is probably bought by or for teenagers and younger kids, its expensive; that's a lot of pocket money!
sorry for the low rating but this review is crying out for loads and loads more information. Have a look around at similar reviews to see what is required and if you update, please do not hesitate to drop me a line in my guestbook and i will happily come back and re-rate :o)
Essexgirl2006 08.06.2007 11:10
You have placed your review under the Audio Book section but I think you are reviewing the actual book. You need to contact Ciao to get the review moved as it is not helpful for people looking for a review of the audio book.
tac20 08.06.2007 02:32
Heya, I think yiu're covered the basic points and this is good for a 'quick review', but for a full length review I think you need to into alot more detail. For example, how much did the book cost? What were your personal opinions of it? What age range does it appeal to? etc. If you edit this let me know in my guestbook and I'll come back and rerate it.