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- 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)
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Perfect Paperback
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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.
"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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
As for the books, well if you wont know the story, where have you been?
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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