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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Audiobook

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Read by Eddie Redmayne

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Publisher's Summary

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.

Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books - the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail... others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander's textbook ever to be released. Having starred as Newt Scamander himself in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, who better to narrate this Hogwarts Library book from one of the wizarding world's most famous Magizoologists? Eddie's film credits include The Danish Girl, My Week with Marilyn, Les Misérables and The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents....

Please note: This A-Z textbook is enhanced for audio with original sound design. This audiobook includes "audio footnotes" which have been treated with a sound effect to differentiate them from the main narration.

15% of the proceeds* from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to Comic Relief and Lumos Foundation for their work with children and young people to help them have a better life. 20% of these monies will be used by Comic Relief and 80% will be used by Lumos Foundation. Comic Relief is a registered charity in the UK with charity nos. 326568 (England/Wales) and SC039730 (Scotland). Lumos Foundation is a registered charity in the UK with no. 1112575.

*Proceeds means the cash-price or cash-equivalent price less sales taxes.

©2017 J.K. Rowling (P)2017 J.K. Rowling

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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 14/03/2017
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 14/03/2017 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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    "Shards of Pottery!"

    This "book" is probably a must for Potter completists.  However, it's worth mentioning that at the time of writing this review the linked Amazon reviews are a mixture of reviews about this book and the other books pertaining to "Fantastic Beasts" including the screenplay which could be confusing..  

    When you get a series as special as the Harry Potter books which captured the world's imagination it really makes sense to further explore the world and its artefacts and I'll admit to being a sucker for this kind of thing at times.  This does just that and unless you've been hiding under a philosopher's stone somewhere you'll already know that it isn't another book about Harry Potter himself.  Rather, it's one of the text books used at Hogwarts brought to life in some detail. Just for clarity then this is not the screenplay or even the story of the film, either of which would be rather excellent!.  This is primarily an A-Z of the magical creatures of the Harry Potter world.  

    Each creature is explained in turn including its Ministry of Magic classification.  There are various sound effects that add depth and at times amusing anecdotes about them.  The performance given by Eddie Redmayne is as you would expect given his acting talent and involvement with the film; very good. After all this is not a story per se but a text book upon which stories were built.  So it's not an easy one to read and get involved in as a narrator.

    For a full credit it is of course a short book but given that so much of the proceeds are going to such worthwhile causes the whole thing makes sense for fans of Harry Potter who just want that little bit more of the magic.  I do think that the latest physical versions of the book may be a better option though.  I am a huge fan of audiobooks of course and often prefer the format to the written word but the beautiful presentation of the physical books and inclusions of extras such as handwritten notes purportedly by the characters means in this case the audiobook works less well for what is after all a reference book rather than a story.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    12/04/2017
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    "fantastic"

    a lovely book with a great insight into the world of the Harry Potter, beautifully read too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 06/04/2017
    Alex 06/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it!"

    Eddie Redmayne is amazing, and the sound effects of the actual beasts in the background really bring the story to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 04/04/2017
    Claire 04/04/2017
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    Amazing audio book, Eddie Redmayne was perfect, my only complaint is that it ended!
    A must have for any Harry Potter fan.

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    Richard Johnson 03/04/2017
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    "Wonderful audiobook"

    As a Harry Potter fan, it feels more authentic that Redmayne is reading this book due to his role as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts movie. It is an excellent reading of one of my favourite books and I'm glad Redmayne is reading it, as opposed to Stephen Fry (who read the main seven books in the UK).

    The beasts described are highly interesting, Redmayne is a great narrator and the sound effects help to gauge a greater understanding of these fantastic beasts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02/04/2017
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    "An author with a very organised mind!"

    I am a primary school teacher and a mum of two boys. I hardly need to mention the popularity of the Harry Potter Books. That's a given thing. I found this book a bit dull to 'read' in chronological order....but I don't think that's the best way to enjoy it. I got the feeling this might have been sketched out by JK Rowling before writing the Harry Potter series as a fantasy non fiction style text. This must have helped her to be consistent in her descriptions and cross references to characters and creatures throughout the epic novels. And I feel I should have had a copy by my side when reading the stories to my son....now a zoo keeper himnself, who was/is more into non fiction than fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kalina 14/03/2017
    Kalina 14/03/2017
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    "Amazing!"

    Amazing and enchanting story as usual by J.K. Rowling and wonderfully read by Eddie Redmayne.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Serenity 12/04/2017
    Serenity 12/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Magical from start to finish"

    I solemnly swear that this audio book is extremely good!
    Beautifully narrated by Newt himself, and with exquisite quirky sounds from some of the beasts. This is possibly my new favourite audiobook!
    Mischief managed.

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    Diane Enticott 07/04/2017
    Diane Enticott 07/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    This book is brilliantly written and read. Very good fun.
    I will recommend it to everyone. We are big fans of J.K Rowling

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Luscombe 01/04/2017
    Beth Luscombe 01/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic indeed!"

    Lovely!! Eddie read it wonderfully and wouldn't want it read by anyone else! One of my favourite audio books! Often use it to help me sleep so soothing and you learn so much more about all the creatures you've seen in the movies!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    05/05/17
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    "Wonderfully read, great information"

    This book is very pleasing despite my hesitation to order it. Easy short listen and will enhance your beastly knowledge.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MamaBear
    10/05/17
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    "bad recording"

    The sound kept cutting in and out. I thought it would interest me but to be honest I fell asleep listening to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    05/05/17
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    "not what I was expecting"

    Well done.... but it's just a list of the animals in the fantastic beasts story. Not so much a story in itself. I Should have read the description, but the title is incredibly misleading. I assumed I was getting the book the movie was modeled after. not an encyclopedia. If I wanted to hear about mythical creatures I would've looked them up on a wiki. How is this fictional book even worthwhile in audio form?

    Anyways I wouldn't recommend if you're looking for a related book to the movie like I was.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • drano
    SHAWNEE, KS, United States
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    "Not what I expected"
    What disappointed you about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

    Not a story. This is just a dictionary.


    What was most disappointing about J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander ’s story?

    There is no story


    Did Eddie Redmayne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, again this is just a dictionary.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    04/05/17
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    "Fantastic Beasts"

    This was the WORST purchase Ever! Why is this even considered a book.
    Unbelievable not worth the time spent listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • good to go
    Chicago, Illinois United States
    01/05/17
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    "Should have read description more carefully"
    What would have made Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them better?

    A plot. I thought I was buying a written version of the movie. This is an fictional encyclopedia of 'fantastic beasts' with description. Amusing, but ultimately for children I should have read the description more closely.


    What could J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tell a story


    What does Eddie Redmayne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and performance. If this had been a book with a story he would have been wonderful


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. Not for me


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Donald Fuger
    Wyoming
    01/05/17
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    "Expected more"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Short and no story
    I should have done my homework. Then I would have known that it is informative only.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander again?

    Never say never


    Which character – as performed by Eddie Redmayne – was your favorite?

    None


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Descriptive


    Any additional comments?

    Just not for me

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Rhodes
    Reno, NV, US
    29/04/17
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    "Thought it was the story per the movie"

    I was unhappy to find it a glossary of magical animals, sans Harry Potter. Yuck

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MC
    28/04/17
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    "Be careful!"

    This is not like the movie in anyway shape or form. All they do through the entire book is go through the A-to-Z of these creatures and where they live. Huge disappointment. Want my money back now! Awful, awful read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jenerek
    28/04/17
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    "Better as a physical book"

    I knew it would be written like a guide book, but it just wasn't as engaging as I'd hoped it would be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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