"'Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.'"
When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....
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"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)
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The Prisoner of Azkaban is a little bit longer and has a slightly harder edge than the previous two books. I believe this reflects the natural progression of the the time that the books were written and the fact that much of its intended audience were now that little bit older. That's not to say that all the hallmarks of the previous books aren't there: the great characters; the inventive interpretations of modern life in a world of wizards and the warm humour that infused the previous books.
Fry once again meets the challenge of being an excellent narrator and you feel that by this stage he has a genuine empathy for the stories. I would also add that the books this far explain the Professor Snape character far better than the films which in this case miss his rant about Harry's father. It's true that even Fry can't match Rickman's wonderful portrayal of Snape but the insight we gain into him and his motivations in particular is markedly improved in the books.
This remains a series that has massively broad appeal and there are fewer better ways to spend a credit across Audible.
The Prisoner of Askaban is definitely my favourite of the Harry Potter stories. It zooms along at a great pace with lots of excitement, one particular favourite bit is the last Quidditch match to win the cup. This story makes the transition between the earlier lighter stories to the later increasingly darker ones. This is the time when Harry Potter finds out that not all things can be made right. A very enjoyable audible for a grey winter's day.
Exciting! Thrilling! Moving!
No comparison necessary, stands on its own!
As much as read WHOLE series as they came out, he lends a special magic sparkle to them! As someone else said in a review "a marriage made in heaven", wholeheartedly agree!!! :D
Yes, various to different characters :)
Although darker in nature as they go along, there is the basic element of good against evil, love, friendship, support and loyalty theme running through. :)
Say something about yourself!
Honestly? You want an honest answer to that question? It's entirely possible that this may be nostalgia talking but I love this book and especially this version as narrated by Stephen Fry. This book in my opinion is where the series truly comes into its own and amongst the other audiobooks I own this rates extremely high! I can still remember when I was young and had some form of insomnia the only thing that could help me sleep was my copy of this or the BBC Radio 4 adaption of The Lord Of The Rings.
I suppose the best comparison would be one of the other Potter books. Others have made the apt comparison that compared to Chamber or Philosopher, Azkaban definitely treats the characters and subject matter with much more gravitas and importance. This is shown mostly in the way the other characters interact with Harry and his friends. Unlike Chamber in which the main threat is mostly hinted at, Sirius is treated as no joke - with no time for comedic side adventures - that hangs over the entire plot. This shows Rowling had a good understanding of her audience aging with the books.
The Harry Potter series is some of Fry's best work when it comes to narration. His best characters when it comes to this story in particular for me are Sirius and Lupin. He is great as Sirius who perfectly conveys the idea that Sirius is a deep voiced gentleman who hasn't had much reason to use his voice for a long time and as such his voice is becoming a lot more croakey and gravelly. Lupin on the other hand sounds like the kind of good hearted teacher that I remember from my favourite classes. A soft spoken man who for sure could raise his voice when required.
If you ever want to give Potter a try on audio don't be afraid to jump in! This story will always make me smile.
It is AMAZING!!!!! I am a Harry Potter fan and LOVE all the audiobooks so far!!! Stephen Fry is just amazing, he imitates Hagrid very well....
La narración es excelente. La combinación de Stephen con la hermosa historia de Joanne es increíble.
This was my third harry potter book in less than 7 days. On day 7 I finished my third harry potter book. Totally addicted. The narrator makes a big difference. Never fire him.
I loved it and the performance was amazing as usual and nice story,it's my favourite so far
very well written and Stephan fry voiced it brilliantly ! I recommend this book the everyone who enjoys harry potter and fantasy in general
excellent narration by Stephen Fry.... thoroughly enjoyable! My children wanted to keep listening and listening! highly recommended
"Favorite book, favorite movie"
Amazing book, and especially an amazing narration from the beloved Stephen Fry. I very much enjoyed it
Probably my favorite book so far. The ending wasn't what I hoped but still quite impressive
You forget the true story of prisoner of Azkaban because the movie changes it so much. For Harry Potter fans, this is such an easy way to listen and remember an epic story.
"The greater wizarding world"
The third book - moved along by mesmerising Stephen Fry - expands on the great wizarding world in which Harry Potter learns how much he has done and how much he still has to do.
love this book its great and it has a good story for people to listen
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