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Harry Potter 2 und die Kammer des Schreckens. Ausgabe für Erwachsene (German) Hardcover – Sep 2000

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Carlsen Verlag Gmbh (Sept. 2000)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 3551552096
  • ISBN-13: 978-3551552099
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 3.2 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,678,558 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth O'D on 13 July 2010
Format: MP3 CD
I bought this mostly for the purpose of improving my rather mediocre German, but have been pleasantly surprised to find I have really enjoyed it. Rufus Beck's voice is very easy to listen to, and I find this audio version easier to understand than reading the book, because the sentence structure (always a bit of a handful in German!) is clearer when spoken.

I have also sampled the French Audio version (of the 3rd book) which I found a bit over-the-top, but this is read in a straight-forward, grown-up manner - not unlike Stephen Fry's English version, though I suspect it is not as 'posh'. Beck does different voices for the different characters, some more comical than others; the only one that grated was the unfortunate echo that is used to represent the Weasley twins speaking in unison. Lockhart's rich, confident voice is particularly well done, and overall the different personalities are well captured.

This version is 'mp3', which means the book is covered in just 2 discs, but needs to be played on a computer, or mp3-compatible CD player - I believe there is also an ordinary CD version available.
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Format: Paperback
Many years ago I studied German and French and then went and forgot it all again as I got on with my life. Now, in an attempt to pick up where I left off, I have been trying to read familiar books in those languages. Something like this Harry Potter is ideal:- I'm ashamed to say I know them inside out in English, so I usually know what's happening before I have deciphered the meaning of every word and as they are basically children's books they are written in fairly 'easy' German. You do need a certain level of German or else it will become to slow and frustrating, luckily I remember most of the basic grammar, and enough vocabulary to get by.

That said, I find the German harder than the French. Many irregular verbs change vowel so they can take a bit of guess-work to find in the dictionary. Worse still are the many compound words, often made up on the spot. Words like 'Vertrauensschulerabzeichen' can leave all but the bravest non-German-speaker a quivering wreck. This long word, which wasn't in either of my dictionaries, is the translation for Percy's 'prefect badge' and the literal translation would be something like 'trusted-student badge'.

I'm not really qualified to judge how good the translation is, it seemed fine to me; it made sense and matched the character of the speaker etc without changing too much. However I was surprised to read Lockhart exclaiming "Grosser Scott" - the exact translation of "Great Scott" - I don't know what a non English-speaker would make of that.

Although this isn't the best of the Harry Potter series, it is quite short and has plenty of action and comedy; it would be useful reading practice for someone with about Leaving Cert/A Level German who is familiar with these books.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2000
Format: Hardcover
Mit einem Alter jenseits der 30 gehöre ich vermutlich nicht zu den typischen Kinderbuch-Lesern. Angesichts des auch unter meinen (gleichaltrigen) Kollegen grassierenden "Harry Potter"-Fiebers wurde ich neugierig und habe mich schliesslich dazu entschlossen, die "Kammer des Schreckens" (auf Englisch) zu lesen. Mein Eindruck war: ganz nett, aber nach all dem Hype irgendwie enttäuschend. Ich habe weitaus bessere Kinderbücher gelesen, "Krabat" von Otfried Preussler etwa (lange her), oder unlängst "Die Reise ans Ende der Welt" von Henning Mankell. Zwar beeindruckt die fiktive Kraft der Erzählung, aber davon, dass ich das Buch - einmal damit angefangen - nicht mehr aus der Hand legen konnte, kann keine Rede sein. Die Figuren bleiben seltsam blass, und die ganze Geschichte ist zu sehr Schwarz/Weiss-Malerei.
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By Jørgen on 3 Aug. 2014
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
J.K.Rowling did it again! 3 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Harry Potter und die Kammer des Schreckens" is the German translation of the second Harry-Potter-book. I think I don't have to tell you anything about the story - see the reviews of the English version for details (besides: who wants to read more about the content of such a book than the back page offers - it would spoil some of the fun since the Potter books are in part a crime story!).
The translation is - judging from my reading experience - well done and worth reading. The language is not too complicated so the book qualifies as reading stuff for a foreigner wishing to practice his German reading skills. I didn't find any translation mistakes - the language sounded genuine German and was vivid and fun to read. The names (always a problem when translating) are not altered, so some of the flair that comes with the nicely selected names of the original is lost to the non-English reader. But this second book shows that this is the right way to go: there is a name-letter-puzzle which plays a key role in this book and translating that one would have been a very hard task indeed.
So the translation receives 5 stars, all well earned for the content as for the translation.
My final note goes to the discussion if this book is for adults as well as teenagers or not: anyone waiting for deep insights into the society, mankind and the world we live in will be disappointed when reading this book. But it is by far the best youth book I ever read, 350 fast pacing pages and I never regretted that I bought it. Nobody whants to read Joyce all the time. And when I turn too light reading stuff, I expect quality as well. Here is where this book has its place in the adult market.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great way to increase German language skills. 24 Aug. 2007
By A. Moeller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I needed a book in German that would motivate me to keep at it, so that I could increase my understanding and use of German. This book was perfect. The story was so good, I relied on context more and more, rather than compulsively looking up each new word in a dictionary. This is how I learned as a child, and it's still a good way to learn.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Harry Potter Made Better :) 20 Dec. 2010
By Sabela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Of course, you can't argue with the original British English version, but I absolutely love picking my way through this book (along with the other six, which I incidentally bought for much, much cheaper in Germany). Apart from being a great story (as I think everyone knows) it's also perfect for German language learners. It's not too much of a mouthful, I've found that I can read it with about 80-90% fluency now, looking up an occasional word. I definitely recommend it!
I like the story, but not 100% about the translation 30 May 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am learning German, so I thought, what better way than to read both German and English versions at the same time? Overall the German version is ok, but I did notice that there were several places where sentences or a whole paragraph missing. Plus, a native German speaker friend took a comparison of the English vs. German versions, and thought the German version didn't translate as good as it could have, in terms of keep the nuances of the English version. But perhaps there are some things that are just too difficult to translate, or that since J.K. Rowling doesn't read German, the translation house got away with it.
Learning how to speak German 2 Jan. 2014
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I purchased the first two Harry Potter books in
German. I’m currently trying to learn German and thought this would be great way to reinforce my lessons. It’s definitely a challenge and not as easy as I thought. But it’s still fun way to learn German.
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