Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Unabridged 7 Audio CD Set) - J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Unabridged 7 Audio CD Set) - J.K. Rowling

Just when it seems that there cannot possibly be another twist to the Harry Potter tale, Stephen Fry dons his haughtiest and naughtiest tones to bring...

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Review of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Unabridged 7 Audio CD Set) - J.K. Rowling"

published 05/02/2005 | sleepy_sheep
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Pro Written by J.K. Rowling and read by Stephen Fry!
Cons Can be quite expensive in the shops
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"A Definite must for all Muggles"

Being 18 years of age, it some what pains me to admit that I have gained as much pleasure from these cassettes as my 10 year old neice!

But that, however is the beauty of J.K. Rowlings creation, her books have long since been admired by the young and the old. Therefore it would not seem surprising that after the paperback release of "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" it could soon be bought as an audio book. There are however many surprises to be found, and in my opinion they are all good.

The audio book that I was forced to "borrow" from my neice is refreshingly well packaged, with all the cassettes being contained in one plastic box, roughly the size of the book (though slightly shorter and wider.) The set consists of 6 cassettes that tell the complete and unabridged story. Six cassettes may seem like a large number, especially if you wish to transport them to keep small children happy. Yet the novel packaging idea means they can be easily stored without you having to worry about putting them in the right way round and such like, and they can be easily transported in a small space.

The most outstanding aspect of these cassettes however, (excluding the wonderful story they tell that is) is Stephen Fry's natural narrative ability. I had never before been particularly keen on audio books, believing you could never quite emerse yourself as completely in the story when listening to a slightly monotonous voice, as you could when reading yourself. Yet Stephen Fry was something of a revelation, his ability to narrate, change the mood, and make himself sound like 10 (maybe more) different characters really captures the magical elements that made this story so popular.

Overall the cassettes are a brilliant idea, for children and adults alike, for adults they can be great to listen to if you just don't have the time to sit still and read a book. For kids I have excellent evidence that they can make even the longest car journey seem like a walk in the park, and they are ideal for listening to as you drop off to sleep ( that is if you're not too gripped :P)

The only draw-back of this audio book, and there is only one, is the price. These books can be picked up on cassette and C.D yet the cassettes, are as expected much cheaper and just as good. One book can set you back about £25 in the highstreet (cassette version) yet they can be picked up for under £10 on the internet.

At A Glance :

Narrator : Stephen Fry
Number of Cassettes : 6
Running Time : 8 hours 25 minutes
Price : varies between £5 and £25 depending on your choice of retailer.


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  • ronnie1955 published 07/03/2005
    Great review ... theres no shame in liking them at your age .. hehe!
  • Trevni published 06/02/2005
    I may have to borrow these then :p xxx
  • dididave published 05/02/2005
    I never liked Fry but recently the man has really grew on me as have the books!
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Product Information : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Unabridged 7 Audio CD Set) - J.K. Rowling

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Just when it seems that there cannot possibly be another twist to the Harry Potter tale, Stephen Fry dons his haughtiest and naughtiest tones to bring <I>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone</I> to vibrant life on audio.<p> Harry Potter has spent the first 10 years of his life at the mercy of the dreadful Dursleys--the aunt, uncle and fat, spoilt brat of a cousin who reluctantly gave him a home after the death of his mother and father. But on his 11th birthday Harry discovers that he is no ordinary boy, and despite the best efforts of his hideous relatives he escapes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his new life as a trainee wizard. And the rest, as they say, is history...<p> As Harry battles against the evils thrown in his path, Stephen Fry injects the proceedings with a wry, dry and extremely contagious humour that perfectly suits the tale, wringing out the best in Harry and his cohorts as they get to grips with their new lives at the sharp end of Hogwarts. Fry's innate upper-class drone is perfectly suited to the telling of this most magical tale, cracking into the high-pitched squawking of Hermione the swat, or the gentle tones of the firm but fair Dumbledore, or the evil sniping of slimey Snape at precisely the right moments. <p> <I>Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone</I> is a fine story and much has been written about its success but until you have heard Fry's cracking reading of this most magical of stories then you simply haven't lived. As with any audio book, this one is perfect for car journeys and an ideal way of introducing reluctant readers to the magic that is Harry Potter. (Ages 9 and over) <I>--Susan Harrison</I>

Product Details

Type: Non-Fiction, Audio Book

Genre: Arts & Music, Fantasy

Subgenre: Popular Music

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Unabridged 7 Audio CD Set), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Audio Book)

Author: J.K. Rowling, J.K. Rowling; Stephen Fry (Narrator)

Publisher: BBC Audiobooks

ISBN: 1855496704

EAN: 9781855496705

Series: Harry Potter

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