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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 Audiobook

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

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Publisher's Summary

"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

What the Critics Say

"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)

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    Simon Waterlooville, UK 18/12/2015
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 18/12/2015 Member Since 2016

    A man with a child in his ears.

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    "Twists, turns and shocks!"

    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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    domonik 08/12/2016
    domonik 08/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than the movie I'm"

    Love this series , has been epic to revisit these child hood memories of long ago , boom

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    T. R. OGGELSBY 07/12/2016
    T. R. OGGELSBY 07/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "harry potter Rowling wonderful magical uplifting"
    What did you like most about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6?

    every moment of it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6?

    the reveal of the prince


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Stephen frys performances are always brilliant clear and very easy to listen to


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    got to be dumbledores death


    Any additional comments?

    The 2 people who read harry potter Fry and Jim Dale are 2 of the best 3 narrators Just finishes of the brilliant books

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    Seamus 30/11/2016
    Seamus 30/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good"

    I kinda disliked this one all they relly did was learn about voldemorts background but the start was good with weasly wizards weaslys and then for the mid section for it its just drama and drama and drama until the end where something happens but still great

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    Sarah 29/11/2016
    Sarah 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    I really enjoyed this book, I like the first few chapters and Skiving snack boxes!

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    n robbie 22/11/2016
    n robbie 22/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    emotional ups and downs with my favourite characters. I adore the series and can listen to it again and again.

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    Simon Moseley 17/11/2016
    Simon Moseley 17/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing..."

    Perfectly read by Mr Fry and a great book building up to the final chapter

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    naomi 17/11/2016
    naomi 17/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent as expected"

    I can not wait to read the next book. Absolutely loved it. Read beautiful by Mr Fry as usual

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    Natasha Ely 05/11/2016
    Natasha Ely 05/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Incredible!"

    The combination of JK Rowling's superb writing and the unrivalled talent of Stephen Fry make this one of the best books to listen to.

    Having read all the Harry Potter books and watched the films, this is simply another way to enjoy them.

    Listen to them whilst driving, cooking or simply relaxing. Stephen Fry adds to the already exciting and beautifully written story through his incredible story telling ability. I could listen to him telling me anything but this is a true pleasure.

    Highly recommended to all, especially those who have only watched the films as the books have greater depth, more content and you'll feel as though you are listening to a whole new book!

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    Kelly Paulton, United Kingdom 26/10/2016
    Kelly Paulton, United Kingdom 26/10/2016 Member Since 2011

    I am a busy mum of 2 small children, audio books are a good fix for me as I can listen anywhere and at all times of the day.

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    "As always..."

    This audiobook series narrated by Stephen Fry has to be my most favourite. It's a comforting listen, autumn comes and so find myself listening again to Stephen Fry telling me a story.

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  • mathijs
    30/11/16
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    "fantastic book"

    very good narrator's, gets the voices juist right. as alway in the harry potter series its full of mystery and excitement

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  • SUNG JO BANG
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    "Excellent story!"

    I have read this book three times. It is still interesting and exciting. Excellent story.

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  • Eirik
    10/05/16
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    "masterly written and performed"

    One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!

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