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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Perfect Paperback

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  • Perfect Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747549559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747549550
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6,433 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone to vibrant life on audio.

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...

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.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 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) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Wonderful...Funny, moving and impressive" - "The New York Times Book Review"

"A delightful award-winning debut from an author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl" - "Publisher Weekly" starred review

"Wonderful...Funny, moving and impressive" The New York Times Book Review
Starred: "A delightful award-winning debut from an author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl" Publisher Weekly starred review


WonderfulFunny, moving and impressive The New York Times Book Review
Starred: A delightful award-winning debut from an author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl Publisher Weekly starred review
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A delightful award-winning debut from an author who dances in the footsteps of P.L. Travers and Roald Dahl - "Publisher Weekly" starred review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Read as an adult.

One of the best books that I have read. I like that it's in plain English, I'm not impressed by the use of overly flowery words that confuse, especially where a simpler word would be enough. Fortunately this book is an easy read in that sense. Lots of characters, plenty going on in the story, and while it's part of a series, you do get answers before and by the time that you have finished the book. Some surprises and a sprinkling of humour. I feel sorry for Harry at times, the things that he goes through. Hagrid is one of my favourite characters, I like that he is protective. I think that most people, child and adult, would like a giant like Hagrid looking out for them.

When I recently decided to begin reading Harry Potter. At first I felt like I was late to the party or something like that. But then I realised that a good book isn't like that. It's not a trend or a fad, it doesn't matter if you're reading it for the first time, years after most others have.
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It's the Harry Potter collection so what more is there to say?

I'd read the fist 3 or 4 books many years ago but having recently re-watched the movies in a Harry Potter marathon I decided to read all the books as I was intrigued to see what the differences were between the books and movies. I must say, I was quite surprised how much content was left out of the movies and how some events were tweaked from the original books. I'm sure it was done to keep the movies to a certain length and to keep things simpler for "non-readers" to follow but I'm very glad I took the time to read the books even though I've seen the movies several times. The plot and characters are so much much richer and small details from previous books pop up in later volumes which you can't appreciate from the movies alone.
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The set was delivered the day after I placed the order which I was thoroughly impressed with considering I used the free delivery option provided by Amazon. The set however had been slightly damaged on one of the corners in transit which I have decided to ignore as the delivery was so fast and the books themselves remained undamaged. Once I had looked past this, I noticed the beautiful artwork on both the box and book covers which perfectly match that shown in the image here on Amazon. I then picked up one of the books and noticed they felt as though they have a "soft touch" coating which I personally love. I did find that after starting to read the first book that finger prints were inevitable and rather difficult to remove, but are only noticeable if you look closely in certain light. I also found that the paper used is of good quality and is thicker and a brighter white than any other paperback book I own. Overall I completely recommend this box set, and having now completed and thoroughly enjoyed the first book I am excited to read the rest.
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Of course this is not a review of JK Rowling's Harry Potter novel - which I have read and reread I don't know how many times, but of the Latin translation. My husband sometimes wants to do something new, and a few months ago he started a basic Latin course for adult learners. He only studied it a bit for a couple of years, something like 45 years ago. As a teacher of English, I see everyday that the one thing that helps learna language is reading, reading fiction most of all. Rather than trying to read the absolutely boring stuff you read at school, I suggested one of the short Potters, as he, too, has read them. I think reading something that you already know and that you like can help a lot, but of course the easy part was buying it. He has started reading and finds it good, though it takes time and the help of the English original. Sometimes I read the Latin to him (I studied it for longer) while he reads the original. It is intriguing, the funniest part is the descriptions of the characters and also, the stranslations of modern words, such as "pyroboli" for Christmas crackers and "birotula automataria" for motorbike, I think it would be even more stimulating for someone who is studying the language at school and is "fresher" tha we are - I had not touched anything in Latin since 1982. Anyway, my intrepid husband has already bought "HP et camera secretorum" .
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Love this set! Clear nice printing and the new illustrations are so much nicer than the old editions (which I never liked). I bough the children set as it was cheaper than the adult one and after hearing the childrens edition had better quality print and paper. I can't say anything for the adult version, but this childrens version is very nicely finished and I would recommend this for anyone who needs a set.

As for the books, well if you wont know the story, where have you been?
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What can I say that hasn't already been said about these books.
A really good read and as all (apart from the very latest one) are included it means you can go from finishing one to starting the next without the wait, great for my impatient bookworm daughter!

A good read for male or female, child or adult and a lovely boxed set that can be kept and read again and again.
Definitely recommend these books.
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