"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...."
When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....
©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling
"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)
A man with a child in his ears.
This is the sixth of the magical seven, each developing the story and leading to the climactic finale in The Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling uses The Half Blood Prince to further ensnare the reader into the twists that are to reveal themselves in the final conclusion of the story.
Part of the skill really is that these characters genuinely grow as they progress through their school years. As in real life with that growth comes responsibility. Once again Harry is pitted up against his now traditional enemies. Increasingly he starts to see shades of grey rather than simple black and white issues while the stakes become increasingly high.
There are twists, turns, surprises and shocks including for anyone who doesn’t know the stories a huge one at the end which I certainly wouldn’t reveal as it really is a huge development. This is something that continues into the final book so be prepared to constantly re-evaluate characters. The identity of the Half Blood Prince I found particularly intriguing and on first encounter with the stories didn’t see it coming at all.
The depth of the mysterious plot is increased by the beautiful marriage of the antiquities of the wizardly world and the seedier side of modern society such as government corruption and the modern media. The latter most ably represented by the brilliantly presented Rita Skeeter, a journalist so awful she could grace any of our tabloids!
I’m very glad that the author took the longer form for the final few books. This story and its characters needed that depth and the genuine cleverness of this book should not be fully judged in my opinion until the final book, The Deathly Hallows has also been finished. I’ll say no more.
The narration of course, the Master Fryer, little need be said other than a quick “Bravo!”.
One small note. I see all of these books listed under “Children : 8-10”. I would never seek to advise any parents on what their children should or should not read (within reason) and I was happy to let my daughter read these at age 10 when she asked. However, the books changed quite distinctly with the ages of the main characters. A line or two is bound to have been crossed so some parents may well want to review a plot synopsis or research these later books before making a decision on them. Not my call but I suspect some parents might just draw the line for a sensitive 8 or 9 year old.
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A vast improvement on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phynix. I particularly enjoyed Tom Riddles back story, learning how he became 'he who must not be named'.
Snape was interesting in this book, however I like Harry the most. He's got passion and sass.
The final confrontation was spectacular.
Yes. I set a goal to listen to it on five days. I finished it in three.
Stephen Fry is the perfect choice to narrate this book. He's got flare and is at once formal and fun. There's lots of extra layers of story here for listeners who have only watched the films. I hope you enjoy it as much as me😀
Narration marvellous enthralling
The house of Gaunt. Steven Fry completely brought this chapter to life for me. His deft changes in tonality and voices made the whole scene play in my mind like a scene from a film.
I couldn't pick just one character it would be like having to pick a favourite amongst ones own children.
I saw all of the films before getting the audible books and I am so glad that I did. There are bits in the books that didn't make it to the film so I feel like I have had double the amount of films to everyone else. All brought vividly back to reality by the joy of listening to Steven Fry. I have laughed out loud listening to the wonderful narration. Molly Weasley threatening to jinx Ron's fingers together if he made another rude gesture. Gaunt ranting about mud bloods oh the list goes on and on. Hermiones righteous indignation when Ron and Harry cut yet more corners in their efforts to get out of homework. Too many to mention
Steven Fry made these stories for me and I don't want them to end. I could have read them myself instead of getting the Audible version but I'm so glad I didnt. The experience wouldn't have been anywhere near so good.
The hunt for the horcrux is on, Harry, Ron & Hermoine continue I'm the fight against evil.
Every single book is such an amazing story and each book I listen to gets better and better! I love the books even more with Stephen fry reading them to me!
Just as I said, it's being hard to believe that his character won't ever appear alive in the rest of the story. A character that rather than being defined, defines positivity, reason, optimism and trust. Faux's cry was a most personally painful moment.
"masterly written and performed"
One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!
Each book is special in a different way. I think this is the one where the personality of the sixteen years old Harry comes out the most, and KJR carries this on magisterially.
very good narrator's, gets the voices juist right. as alway in the harry potter series its full of mystery and excitement
I have read this book three times. It is still interesting and exciting. Excellent story.
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