We'd be interested to know which Harry Potter books you think is the best.
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
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.
By Poison Ivy
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!
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
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.
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...!