- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Signature ed edition (1 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408810557
- ISBN-13: 978-1408810552
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,226 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter Signature Edition) Paperback – 1 Nov 2010
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Stephen Fry is a highly talented comedian and actor with a very wide range. Without seeming to try too hard, he gives each of Rowling's characters their own voice, which is necessary in a reading of this sort, but the voices he uses are so cleverly chosen and executed that they do far more than merely help us distinguish one character from another. By assigning each character a specific accent he places them in the Great British Class Battleground and with his excellent sense of timing and nuance he accentuates Rowling's satires with his own sly wit. I actually prefer Fry's readings of the Harry Potter novels to the novels themselves, as Fry adds a whole new dimension to the books, grounding them firmly in the debates (squabbles?) of modern British life. An especial joy in his reading of Chamber Of Secrets is his interpretation of the ghastly Gilderoy Lockhart, who becomes almost frighteningly alive and believeable in Fry's hands. I would not be at all surprised to find the Loathsome Lockhart popping up on Start The Week! He'd fit right in...
Stephen Fry is with out a doubt the best narrator I have ever heard, and has won awards for more than one of his Harry Potter readings. He distinguishes between the character’s voices so well, that it really could be an entire cast performance. I find myself smiling in recognition of a character’s voice even before he says whose speaking.
The first two books were the most light-hearted of the series, and there are some truly classic moments in this book. The flying car sequence is excellent, Harry’s valentine had me laughing so much I had to stop the book, and Lockheart is just fantastic. It was equally gripping as Philosopher’s stone. I think the scene in the chamber of secrets is one of the best written sequences in the series. But this book also has a darker side too. I remember the shiver down my spine as I first heard the chilling voice of the Basilisk. I thought the series got better with every book, though I adore them all, but from here onwards, the series becomes a much more complex, deeper and many layered story, so enjoy the fun.
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Very good read.Recommended if you like Harry Potter,but read all the books in order as you will get mixed upPublished 13 days ago by Alysia
We started the HP series this summer with exchange students. They enjoyed the book and got lots of new vocabulary and grammar skills from it.Published 26 days ago by Lingoo Ninja