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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.... 

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©1999 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

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"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)

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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.

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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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  • Alistair
  • KIRKWALL, United Kingdom
  • 08-08-16

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.

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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.

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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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Stephen Fry gives another cracking performance

Great story brought to life by a great storyteller
Having not read the books, I was so worried the audible version may mash the plot and it wouldn't live up to the great movies I enjoyed with my kids, but, Stephen Fry has made it just so fantastic to listen to the stories again drinking in all the terrific potteresque details

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Great book. Great narrator

Who doesn't like listening to Stephen Fry read Harry Potter?
I love this series, and The Prisoner of Azkaban is no different. Finding out more about Harrys' past is good, I felt that this was slightly darker than the first two, as if written for a larger, wider audience than the first two. Which is no bad thing.

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  • R
  • 13-12-15

simply awesome!

So most people will know the story now but Stephen Fry is a brilliant reader. so pleased that they have finally got the series on audible! I will be buying all of them!

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At last

I was waiting for Harry Potter series .What a delight(^o^) The narrator gives the story with so much presence that i had an illusion that i was at hogwarts.

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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. :)

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  • Margit
  • 22-02-17

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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  • Patricia Nunes de Assis
  • 19-04-18

Stephen fry is the best

Harry potter is a passion. But fry is the best. He acts and his voice is beautiful. Will buy many of his readings for sure

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-02-18

yes

This has been my favourite book since I was 13! I will probably love it until I die ( at least I hope so I have dedicated an entire arm full of expensive tattoos in its honor) and I can always re-read it whenever and it never gets dull. It's the best!

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  • Daren Drysdale
  • 17-06-17

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 User
  • 17-05-17

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

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

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  • Nadia
  • 23-03-17

Excelente!

La narración es excelente. La combinación de Stephen con la hermosa historia de Joanne es increíble.

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  • TooFee
  • 11-01-17

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

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

excellent

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