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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 Audiobook

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

"'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....

©1999 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 26/11/2015
    Simon Waterlooville, UK 26/11/2015 Member Since 2017

    A man with a child in his ears.

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    "The Series Matures"

    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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. R. Brompton UK 01/12/2015
    Dr. R. Brompton UK 01/12/2015 Member Since 2011

    Indigo

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    "Fantastic!"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Jackson London, England 15/01/2016
    Sue Jackson London, England 15/01/2016
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    "Another wonderful book!"
    If you could sum up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting! Thrilling! Moving!


    What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 to, and why?

    No comparison necessary, stands on its own!


    What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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


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

    Yes, various to different characters :)


    Any additional comments?

    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. :)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian 29/11/2015
    Adrian 29/11/2015
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    "amazing"

    amazing book and Stephen fry does an epic job with the characters. personally think he should do the voice for all audio books

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    araddenbury South of England. 14/01/2016
    araddenbury South of England. 14/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "The best yet..."

    This book was a delight from start to finish. Definitely my favourite of the series so far.

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    joanne 12/01/2016
    joanne 12/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "love it"

    loved it, harry is always a classic :D Stephen Fry is also great to listen to

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    Mr. E. A. Shanks Peebles, Scotland 28/11/2015
    Mr. E. A. Shanks Peebles, Scotland 28/11/2015 Member Since 2017

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    "The third instalment of the Harry Potter series"

    Great to hear Stephen Fry narrating these stories. He really brings the characters to life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Alistair KIRKWALL, United Kingdom 08/08/2016
    Alistair KIRKWALL, United Kingdom 08/08/2016 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "The opus of Harry Potter. EXPECTO PATRONUM!"
    Where does Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 to, and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AshPed North West Of England 19/01/2016
    AshPed North West Of England 19/01/2016

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    "Pure Brilliance "

    Absolutely loved all aspects of the book. Brings my childhood memories back to life. Love it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 17/01/2016
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    "NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT!!!!!!!!!"
    Where does Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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....


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  • TooFee
    11/01/17
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    "Nice"

    I loved it and the performance was amazing as usual and nice story,it's my favourite so far

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  • ziv shani
    25/12/16
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    "12/10 wonderfull"

    very well written and Stephan fry voiced it brilliantly ! I recommend this book the everyone who enjoys harry potter and fantasy in general

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  • Miss R
    18/12/16
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    "excellent"

    excellent narration by Stephen Fry.... thoroughly enjoyable! My children wanted to keep listening and listening! highly recommended

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  • Mirko
    25/11/16
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    "Favorite book, favorite movie"

    Amazing book, and especially an amazing narration from the beloved Stephen Fry. I very much enjoyed it

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  • Sultan H.
    15/11/16
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    "Splendid!"

    Probably my favorite book so far. The ending wasn't what I hoped but still quite impressive

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  • Sabrina
    20/07/16
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    "Amazing"

    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.

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  • Diana Køhler
    17/07/16
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    "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.

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  • Karim
    05/07/16
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    "great"

    love this book its great and it has a good story for people to listen

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  • Juho Ojama
    24/05/16
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    "Second best"

    This book is probably second best in the series! I realy loved it and the ending gave me huge smile.

    This as we all know is a briliant series that just always makes u feel good and happy. Its so easy to get lost to that world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juan Manuel Erquicia
    24/02/16
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    "Stephen Fry at its best"

    Superb narration and acting, only like Stephen Fry knows how to do it. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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