"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.
every moment of it
the reveal of the prince
Stephen frys performances are always brilliant clear and very easy to listen to
got to be dumbledores death
The 2 people who read harry potter Fry and Jim Dale are 2 of the best 3 narrators Just finishes of the brilliant books
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
"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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