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  1. THREAD CONTAINS SPOILERS - DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO KNOW DETAILS OF THE PLOT. I don't think it's reasonable to conduct this discussion with the use of spoiler tags. The whole business of the book's final secrets is just too all-enveloping for that to work, so I suggest we make this an open discussion thread. I have still to finish so I won't comment yet, but I've started this since cherylp has begun a thread in the adult sections which I'll ask her to re-post here, then we all know where we stand. (I can't just merge threads because hers will go first and I think the warning needs to be at the top!)
  2. I started listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks back in May and have just finished The Deathly Hallows. I have posted separately about the first two books in the series. I had the opportunity to choose to listen to either the UK editions read by Stephen Fry or the US editions read by Jim Dale. I chose the UK editions. Fry is a very good reader and even though he doesn't use a lot of vocal characterisations; he does on the whole convey the characters very well. If he has a fault, it is in his female characters who don't work quite as well as the males. He also, occasionally does not change intonation between speech and text causing an aural double take. There has been quite a bit of criticism of the length of the books as the series developed. This issue is not such a problem in the audio books. The narrative flow carries on and works very well throughout and there is not that feeling of some time dragging (or the author filling time) as happens when reading them. I don't know if this is down to the narrator's skill or the author's (and hence the readers lack of....). I have really enjoyed this series and if for those who enjoy audiobooks I would recommend these.
  3. The second book in the series is considered by many (citation needed) to be the weakest in the of the seven Harry Potter books. I'm not sure why that should be except that it is perhaps as short as the first book and doesn't develop the characters as much a later books. I've always quite liked it. Stephen Fry once more does as great job as a narrator and provides some good charactarisations. His Professor Lockhart sounds just like Kenneth Branagh.
  4. I'm working my way through the series for the third or fourth time. But this time I will be listening to the audiobooks. They are read by Stephen Fry. Well the UK editions are. The US editions are read by Jim Dale who, presumably is based there and is better known than Stephen Fry. But at least he is British. Stephen Fry is a very good narrator and I think he tells the story very well. My only slight criticism is the way he voices Hermione. I just don't like the tone he has given her. It is different to how I heard the voice in my head when I read the books. "HP and the Philosopher's Stone" is, of course, the first and shortest book in the series and written for the younger audience. I've always enjoyed the book as an introduction and/but have been aware of the (appropriate) style of writing. These limitations aren't such an issue for an audiobook and consequently the story can be enjoyed for itself without the listener being concious of the writing style.
  5. I've created this thread here because other Harry Potter books have been listed under GENERAL FICTION rather than CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS. I've just listened the audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry. It took me a while to find a Stephen Fry version because the American editions are narrated by Jim Dale. Stephen Fry is a very good reader and I found that all of his characterisations worked for me even if some were not as I expected (having seen the films). This first book in the series lends itself to being read out and I am looking forward to the rest of the series
  6. I have just received an email from Amazone informing me that I can buy a copy of this book from 4th December. I can choose between a Standard edition at £6.99 (£3.99 if I order now) or a Collector's Edition for £50 - there dosen't seem to be a reduction on this one. I know which one I would love to have, but I also know which one I will actually buy! I knew Amazon had purchased the copy that was auctioned, but didn't realise they were going to be allowed to reproduce it and sell it in this way - but I am pleased that they are. It says all the NET proceeds of the sales will go to J.K. Rowling's Children's Charit, which is good. Roll on 4th December!
  7. There were no harry potter threads.....so I had to start one!! this is just generally to get some views on the books, likes/dislikes, criticisms, hero worship (tho lets try and keep it to a minimum....we all know the books rule....tho feel free to challenge that!) and any other general points you wish to make! yay! have fun guys, and adults....FEEL FREE TO JOIN IN! Harry Potter is for all ages (e.g. I'm 16 and still love em! as does my dad!). hope to get some stuff soon!
  8. Well someone had to start a thread to actually discuss the book! Try not to provide too many spoilers, but as there was lots of discussion in the "Who's going to be reading HP6" and the Childrens Discussion list, I thought it deserved a specific home! Who wants to start us off with their opinions??
  9. Apparently JKRowling's finished writing the 6th book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Wonder who the Half-Blood Prince is gonna be? I read somewhere that JKR was going to call the 2nd one the Half-Blood Prince, but then when she finished writing it it didn't fit in with the story, so there could be some clues there...!
  10. We'd be interested to know which Harry Potter books you think is the best. And why? So is it Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire or Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Have a look at the poll above this message and vote for your favourite. Then, if you want to, explain you reasons.
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