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J.K. Rowling , Stephen Fry
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2 April 2001 Cover to Cover
It is Harry’s fourth year at Hogwarts and there are spells to be learnt, potions to be brewed and Divination lessons to be attended. Harry is expecting these: however, other quite unexpected events are already on the march.

18 CDs. Complete & Unabridged.

Running Time: 21 hours

Read by Stephen Fry.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Cover to Cover Cassettes Ltd (2 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855496771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855496774
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.8 x 10 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (890 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 74 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. She has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's schoolbooks within the novels. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. In December 2008, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was published in aid of the Children's High Level Group, and quickly became the fastest selling book of the year

As well as an OBE for services to children's literature, J.K. Rowling is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, France's Légion d'Honneur, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and she has been a Commencement Speaker at Harvard University USA. She supports a wide number of charitable causes through her charitable trust Volant, and is the founder of Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of disadvantaged children

For further information about J.K. Rowling, please visit her new website: www.jkrowling.com

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire CD Set tells the story of Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 18 CDs. The audio book is also available in two volumes, Part 1 and Part 2, each containing 9 CDs.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the long-awaited, heavily hyped fourth instalment of a phenomenally successful series that has captured the imagination of millions of readers, young and old, across the globe. For J K Rowling the pressure is certainly on to continue to come up with thrilling, pacey storylines that allow her hero to mature into a young man without detracting from the magical secret that has made Harry into a superstar. In this book, the teenage Harry has a certain gawky charm that fits well with his advancing adolescence. As the story moves on, Harry too moves on to a new level of maturity that leaves the reader wondering how he will learn from his experiences, and liking him all the more as a character.

Once returned to Hogwarts after his summer holiday with the dreadful Dursleys and an extraordinary outing to the Quidditch World Cup, the 14-year-old Harry and his fellow pupils are enraptured by the promise of the Triwizard Tournament: an ancient, ritualistic tournament that brings Hogwarts together with two other schools of wizardry--Durmstrang and Beauxbatons--in heated competition. But when Harry's name is pulled from the Goblet of Fire, and he is chosen to champion Hogwarts in the tournament, the trouble really begins. Still reeling from the effects of a terrifying nightmare that has left him shaken, and with the lightning-shaped scar on his head throbbing with pain (a sure sign that the evil Voldemort, Harry's sworn enemy, is close), Harry becomes at once the most popular boy in school. Yet, despite his fame, he is totally unprepared for the furore that follows.

This is a hefty volume: 636 pages, of which probably at least 200 could have been cut without detracting from the story. The weight and complexity of the book is perhaps a hint that Rowling now has her eye sharply focused on her adult audience, and the average child-reader (particularly one who is coming to Harry Potter for the first time) may well find its girth daunting. Rowling's ironic and pointed observations on tabloid journalism and the nature of media hype is just one of the references littered through the book that will tickle the grown-ups but may well fly over the heads of her young fans.

However, after a slow start, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire really starts to sparkle halfway through with Rowling's familiar magic (and yes, there is a death--sudden and tragic--and yes, Harry does start to notice girls). The crux of this story, however, is Harry's gradual coming-of-age and his handling of the increasingly determined threats to his own life.

This book is pivotal, not just for the author for whom the heat is well and truly on, but for Harry and his readers who, by the last chapter, are left in little doubt that there is much more to come. (Ages 10 to adult) --Susan Harrison


'Somewhere in this enchanting mixture is a formula so brilliant it eludes analysis. Rich and demanding stuff' Mail on Sunday 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has finally been unleashed. And is it good? You bet it is. Harry's - and our - fourth year at Hogwarts is funny, full of delicious parodies of our own world, and wildly action-packed' The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. My favourite of the series 13 Aug 2005
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is definitely a pivotal point in the series. The first 3 books managed to get by on the novelty of Harry joining the wizarding world, coupled with the fact his life becomes under an ever increasing threat. This hasn't been exhausted, but isn't enough on its own to sustain a forth book or indeed the rest of the series. JK Rowling appears well aware of this and decided to really expand not only Harry as a character, but also the world he operates in. This really allows the reader to be drawn into the fact we are observers in a world that is no less complicated than our own, and the dynamics within it are not black and white.
Harry begins the 4th years in dramatic fashion, a visit from the Weasley family doesn't quite go to plan, much to the dismay of the Dursley's, but this does not stop Harry from attending the Quidditch World Cup. For the first time Harry grasps the size of the wizarding world he is apart of, realising there must be many other schools all over the world to accommodate all the wizards that clearly must exist. Harry's enlightenment is short lived however, resulting in his trip being cut short, this though is forced to the back of Harry's mind as the elder male Weasley's are being delicately evasive with Harry, Ron and Hermione...
Harry returns to Hogwarts buoyed by his time at the Weasley's and just like everyone else at Hogwarts is instantly fascinated by the prospect of a replaying of an old school tournament played between the 3 greatest European Schools. Each school can only have one champion and to ensure fair play, the Goblet of Fire is used to big the entrants. Does someone have it in for Harry though?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I now know I am not alone among thirty-somethings, who look forward excitedly to each new Harry Potter, and then feel something akin to a sense of loss upon finishing each book. I 'discovered' Harry in April, and since then have been waiting expectantly for book 4, which I read in just a few days (it would have been less, but my husband has started to feel a little neglected when Harry's around). This book did not seem to me to be any longer than the others, and it was just as enjoyable, if not moreso than all except perhaps book 3. I found it a gripping read, quite scary in places, although the sure knowledge that there are three more books to come, means that we can rest assured Harry will survive, and good will overcome evil.
JK Rowling's grip on her characters and the constant references to small details from the previous three books which help provide context and explanations as the stories unfold, are testimony to a brilliant mind in my view. Having read all four books now, like many other fans, I am eagerly awaiting the next book, and the one after that... I wonder do other readers feel like me, a sense of real friendhip with the three main characters? I really care what happens to them, and have even begun to hope fervently that Ron and Hermione are able to overcome their adolescent embarrassment and realise their true feelings for each other! Is there any hope for me? I have no children yet, but one on the way in February, and, boy or girl, I will be reading Harry Potter to them as soon as they are old enough to understand and enjoy as much as I do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death? Yes Please! 10 Mar 2005
It's tough being Harry Potter. You're famous, you almost die at least once a year, and you've somehow found yourself taking part in a Tournament you never even entered into in the first place. Can't you have a normal, quiet year for once? Of course you can't.
Yet, while Harry's finding things hard, his creator, Jo Rowling, makes it look like everything is incredibly easy. Her writing style, though far from impeccable (who's perfect?), is simply engrossing. She managed to turn over 650 pages into one of the shortest books I've ever read. I was done in hours, not days. You can't put this book down; you have to finish it, come hell or high water!
This is an incredibly dark novel. There are dragons that try to burn you to a crisp, there are so-called "unforgivable curses" that are designed to torture and kill. Most of all, people die. Yet, kids love Harry Potter. Why? Shouldn't they be getting nightmares? They don't because with these stories a perfect balance is struck between 'terror' and comedy. Jo Rowling injects a viciously witty and sarcastic sense of humour into her books - something much needed and much enjoyed by everyone. Not to mention, creating a well-rounded main character is key, and with young Mr Potter, Jo Rowling has done just that. His shy awkwardness around the opposite sex is especially played to great comic value, and why not? He is 14 now after all, and he is just like any other teenager.
Except he isn't. Harry isn't your average schoolboy. He is a complete misfit; his fame and cruel upbringing at the hands of the Dursleys leave him almost unable to forge new friendships, and things only get worse when he once more finds himself thrust unwanted into the spotlight. Lest we forget of course, that one dark wizard by the name of Lord Voldemort wants him dead. Yes, it's never easy being Harry Potter, but reading about him? Nothing is easier, or more fun, than that.
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