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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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"'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 Between a Pair of Headphones 26/11/2015
    Simon Between a Pair of Headphones 26/11/2015 Member Since 2017
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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.

    19 of 22 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....


    2 of 2 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
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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.

    7 of 9 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
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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.

    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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    Kimberley 30/12/2015
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    "A must have!"
    What did you like most about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

    The one reason I joined Audible was to listen to the Harry Potter series and I couldn't recommend it more. Having never listened to audio books before I didn't know what to expect, particularly as I'm a big fan of the books and films but this is equally as amazing.

    Stephen Fry reads this book perfectly and his soothing voice and use of different voices for characters really makes this book. The story is perfect for all the family, you fall in love with the characters and can easily imagine this magical world.

    This is a book I could easily listen to over and over again.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

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    Anonymous 28/12/2015
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    "loved it amazing"

    loved it wonderful story and wonderful narrative deffunalty getting the next book in the series

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    Andrea Canvey Island, United Kingdom 25/12/2015
    Andrea Canvey Island, United Kingdom 25/12/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "Just keeps getting better and better"
    What did you like most about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

    The story, the narration and the passion of the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything, the series is just in a league of it's own.


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

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trinity-Misty 19/12/2015
    Trinity-Misty 19/12/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Love it!"

    I love Harry Potter. I must've read the series at least, I don't know, about sixteen times, maybe more. I've watched all the films and I'm glad this audiobook has finally come out on audible. I've really enjoyed listening to the stories and Stephen Fry performs it very well. I don't even need to recommend it to every Harry Potter fan on audible, because they'll want it as soon as they see it or hear about it. Randomly, I also really like the covers. Especially that of this one, Prisoner of Azkaban.

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    sara 17/12/2015
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    "amazing story, brilliantly performed"

    just a wonderful as I remember them! and brought perfectly to life by Stephem fry

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  • Margit
    22/02/17
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

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  • Nicole
    12/11/17
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    "The best!"

    I love all the Harry Potter books and Stephen Fry really brings this incredible book alive with his outstanding narration.

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  • Paula
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    17/12/17
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    "amazing"

    J.K. Rowling did a wonderful job here. On each book is possible see the characters are growing up, their personality is more evident. What attracted my attention in this book is the constant tense atmosphere experienced with the escape of Sirius Black. Here the author tells us a little about Harry Potter’s father – James, and his friends, when he was a teenager.
    About the narrative, is perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
    14/12/17
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    "Wow 😧😜"

    This book was fantastic.This is my favorite Harry Potter book.J.K.Rowling is amazing.I read this book over and over again.😍😜😘😎📘

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  • birk
    16/09/17
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    "Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban "

    The audiobook was quite good. Good narration, good story, and the pase was not to slow at normal speed.

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  • Anonymous
    07/07/17
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    "One of my favorite episodes"

    I love the book, i love the e-book, now i love the audio book.
    The story is always captivating. This is where Harry knew his godfather and played the hardest quidditch game to win the cup. My favorite.
    Stephen Fry did it again. I was caught myself drowning in the story. He used different voices for each person in the story.
    Now i am addicted to audio book as i do not have much time to read like i used to be.

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  • Anonymous
    07/07/17
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    "Excelente"

    Está serie es de lo mejor que hay, si te preguntas si vale la pena escucharlo si ya viste la película, la respuesta es SÍ

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daren Drysdale
    Bray, Ireland
    17/06/17
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    "It's astounding"

    It's Harry Potter
    It's Stephen Fry
    A perfect match... and it isn't even quidditch match

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  • Anonymous
    17/05/17
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    "Fry is magnificent"

    Flawless and true to Rowling, I couldn't imagine a better performance than Stephen Fry's. Magic

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  • Amazon Customer
    10/04/17
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    "A match made in heaven"

    i just want to thank Stephen Fry for producing this work of art. his performance and Rowling's magic are a match made in heaven

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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