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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 2017

    A man with a child in his ears - @shutterspin

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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.


    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    chloeparrot England 16/01/2017
    chloeparrot England 16/01/2017 Member Since 2012

    cp

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    "Excellent performance by Stephen Fry"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, yes, yes - an excellent performance by Stephen Fry of an enthralling, and well told story. Recommended for children of all ages.


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

    Oh so many - when Harry realised that the Half Blood Prince was Snape, the fact that Hermione got annoyed that Harry was doing better than her in Potions, Harry's fight with Malfoy - just to name a few.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

    All of them


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither - just enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Somewhat different to the film - so should be read first.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Davie Audiobooks 25/05/2017
    Davie Audiobooks 25/05/2017 Member Since 2015

    Hey! I enjoy listening to all kinds of Audiobooks, but my favourite are Spiritual Novels!

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    "Bloody Brilliant!"

    I couldn't put this one down! I am now HOOKED on the Harry Potter Books! Narration was top notch once again. The huge plot twist near the end was mind blowing. This series will become a beloved classic in years to come! Now, onto the final audiobook :)

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    Gracjan 24/05/2017
    Gracjan 24/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "love it"

    It's well narrated, I really enjoyed it. highly recommended. It's first time when I read Harry Potter in original language as it's been written and it's a great way of improving my English listening.

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    mandy 17/05/2017
    mandy 17/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "books get better"

    Stephen read as good as always. books get better and better. Can't wait for the next one

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    Amy M. 14/05/2017
    Amy M. 14/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    One of my all time favourites and Stephen fry reading this makes it even better!

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    Amazon Customer 13/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Best yet"

    As said best yet . but and a big but there is more to come

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    Gareth 18/04/2017
    Gareth 18/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely recommended"

    It's definitely recommended for under eight's it's not recommended for under 8s it's so good for over 8s we loved it😁😁😁 but it's made me cry 😥😥

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    Bal B. 12/04/2017
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    "I fu**ing love your books J.K Rowling"

    I love the twist at the end! I really hope that the rest of the series will be very interesting and good!

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    I 08/04/2017
    I 08/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    it.was really good i could hardly stop listening to it in fact it only took me 5 days to finish

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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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    10/04/17
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    "MY FAVORITE"

    I remember the first time i actually read this book. i knew then it will always be my favorite one. it carries so much emotions and breaks my heart into a million pieces. Listening to it being narrated for the first time - by Stephen - made the book so much more intense. his narration s so on point, he had the hairs on my neck up listening to him.

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  • Sharon
    27/03/17
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    "What I think about the book"

    It was great and set out with much detail a good mixture of narration and dialogue but the chapters were a bit long but either than that it is the best book I have ever read

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  • Stefano C.
    16/12/16
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    "Spectacular"

    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.

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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
    15/10/16
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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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