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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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"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 Between a Pair of Headphones 18/12/2015
    Simon Between a Pair of Headphones 18/12/2015 Member Since 2017
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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.


    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Harry and the half blood Prince"

    This Harry potter book is so full of excitement and it makes it Silk good.

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    chloeparrot England 16/01/2017
    chloeparrot England 16/01/2017 Member Since 2012
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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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    Andrew Neill 12/01/2018
    Andrew Neill 12/01/2018 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this book "

    This is probably my favourite book in the whole series, too me it is almost a perfect story.

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    hannah samuels 02/01/2018
    hannah samuels 02/01/2018
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    love it love it love it love it love it love it love it love it amazing adventurous lovey cool wacky

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    Kim Allyson 23/12/2017
    Kim Allyson 23/12/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great"

    brilliant as ever. a b c d e f g H I j k l

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    robert 03/12/2017
    robert 03/12/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Love this"

    This book was really good. I'm a Harry Potter devotee , and have read the books loads, but this is my first time listening to them. Stephen Fry is the best choice for narrator! He really makes you feel submerged in the story. JKs writing is brilliant as usual. This being the last book set at Hogwarts it wasn't too dark, there was plenty of humour (There's no need to call me sir, professor!) but the death was very sad. This set the scene for the Deathly Hallows, but it did not feel like a big prequel, it was still a good story on its own. Now, onto the next one!

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    Lucinda 01/12/2017
    Lucinda 01/12/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "brilliant"

    Another amazing book by J K Rowling. We are literally obsessed with this series. Thank you J K Rowling and Stephen Fry.

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    Mrs Jayne Sibley 12/11/2017
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    "One of the best books ever📚"

    Epic story and great performance from Steven Fry. It's got plot twists and a great series to go with it.

    I'd recommend it to everyone because although your not actually reading it's brilliant and fun!!!!

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    rosie hunter 25/10/2017
    rosie hunter 25/10/2017 Member Since 2015
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    Such an excellent story and So brilliantly read. I love how Stephen Fry brings the characters to life.

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma Dass
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    06/01/18
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    "Would have been perfect, but..."

    I have finished all the other harry potter audio books, but I couldn't stomach this one for one reason: Ron Weasley. Ron behaves absolutely atrociously in this book, mainly towards Hermione. Stepgen Fry's narration is so good that it backfires - I couldn't stomach listening to his rendition of Ron being nasty.

    If it hadn't been for the painfully awkward romance sections, this book would definitely have gotten 5 stars from me, not just because of Stephen Fry's narration but also because it's fascinating to delve into Voldemort's past and the mystery of the half blood prince. I wish I could get a version with all the awkward romance cut out, and just the main storyline!

    If, like me, you don't like Ron's behavior in this book, you should skip it and go straight to deathly hallows.

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  • Anonymous
    12/12/17
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    "The best read of the 7"

    Of all the wonderful series of books that stephen fry reads, this has to be the best one. As heartwrenching as the end of this story is itself, it is made more emotional by fry's reading. Alongside laugher, shock and excitement, fry and rowling take you through an intense and submerging story that seems to end way too quickly, even when the book is almost a day's reading long. A personal favorite.

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  • Sheila Campos
    14/11/17
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    "HP Best book and awesome dramatice by Stephen Fry"

    Emotional, interesting and powerful. Many secrets of Voldemort and Snape reveled.
    Chapter "the cave" is really sad. And Hagrid breaks my heart again :(

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  • Pete!
    04/07/17
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    "excellent as ever!"

    loved this one, shame I've only got one left, Steven fry as always nailed it!

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  • Amazon Customer
    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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