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Harry Potter à l'École des Sorciers

Harry Potter 1
Narrated by: Bernard Giraudeau
Series: Harry Potter, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Summary

Orphelin, Harry Potter est élevé par un oncle et une tante qui ne l'aiment pas. Le jour de ses 11 ans, son existence bascule : un géant l'emmène à Poudlard, l'école de sorcellerie ! Voilà son incroyable destin : être sorcier. Jeter des sorts, utiliser des pouvoirs, ensorceler les trolls... À la maison Gryffondor, il rencontre Ron et Hermione, s'initie au Quidditch, un sport pratiqué sur un balai. La vie est excitante, mais Voldemort, Celui-Dont-On-Ne-Doit-Pas-Prononcer-Le-Nom, refait surface.

Initiation ou plaisir renouvelé, plongez dans le 1er tome du célèbre chef d'œuvre de J.K. Rowling ! Guidé par une voix envoutante, revivez le début de la série Harry Potter avec ce livre audio à télécharger.
©1997 J.K. Rowling (P)2000 Éditions Gallimard Jeunesse

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Narrator too intrusive

I try to read/listen to as much as I can in French in order to improve my language skills. I love these stories in English (brilliantly read by Stephen Fry) but this narrator is more concerned with demonstrating his acting skills than observing the intention of the author. I can't bear to listen to this or the others he has narrated and will have to delete them. A waste of money!

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Terrible Reading

Given the high standard of presentation normally required for Harry Potter works - films, English audiobooks etc. - I was surprised to find that this was terrible. The narrator has no feeling for the work or the characters, and the text has been edited compared to the paperback edition, but most of all, he reads at such a ridiculous speed. I can’t believe that anyone in any language can enjoyably absorb a story at such a break-neck pace. I play it at x0.75, and then I can follow it without difficulty.

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Douloureux à finir à cause du narrateur

Would you try another book written by J.K. Rowling or narrated by Bernard Giraudeau?

J'ai la collection complète des HP en anglais, et par pure curiosité (et nostalgie) j'ai voulu tester la version française. Ça m'aura rappelé des souvenirs de quand je les lisais quand j'étais môme mais par contre le narrateur nous vend mal, très mal son affaire. Entre Ron qui a une perruque entière sur la langue, Hagrid qu'on comprend pas, et pire que tout, des bouts de phrases qui ne font pas partie du dialogue qui sont lus comme si c'était tel ou tel personnage qui les disaient. Bref... Là où je plombe le premier livre en 2 ou 3 séances dans la version de Stephen Fry, là ça m'aura pris plus d'un mois et demi...

What three words best describe Bernard Giraudeau’s voice?

Très. Mauvais. Choix.

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  • EM
  • 09-04-19

Very disappointing. Unbearable to listen to!

I wanted to practise my French by listening to a story I know word for word in English but the narrator has made it impossible to discern half of the words by making Aunt Petunia unbearably shrill to the point that it hurts to hear and it wakes me up at night and Hagrid and Dudley slur their words as if they are drunk. There is also too much variation in the level of sound of the speaking which is very annoying as you have to keep turning it up or down depending on which characters are in the chapter. It is just very disappointing as this is one of my favourite stories.

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How to butcher a great book?

I love Harry Potter books. Love them in Hungarian, love them in English and I am pretty much sure I'd love them in French as well. But the reader kills the whole book. I was always sceptical when someone wrote that the narrator ruins the book for them. Well thats exactly what Bernard Giraudeau do: not only makes all the character sound super dumb and irritating but also make voices that make absolutely no sense. Additionally I can only follow the story because I nearly know it by heart, because some parts of the book are just lost in narration.

An other very sad thing: the narrator assaulted the French language as well. I am really sad that I purchased this piece. It is deeply terrible.

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Awful narrator

Apparently, the guy who narrated this is now dead.
I read some of the reviews that slated the narration, and I should have heeded their warnings!
It’s dreadful and embarrassing to listen to. I also bought the German version, which is great, btw!
I’m going to have to send this back as I can’t take anymore of the over acting and total lack of sensitivity to the original.
I’m using these books to improve my foreign language skills.....

His idea of how the characters sound is so unconvincing and almost offensive! Unbearable.
Please get these books re read by someone who knows what they are doing!
Ps I only gave 3 stars for the story as I don’t like the way the French translation felt the had to change names, etc.

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not my favorite version,annoying voices

I've heard HP audiobooks in multiple languages, as I consider it an amazing material for language learning, knowing these books almost by heart. However, I was disappointed by this version. Voices are very annoying (especially Ron and Hagrid), mr. Giraudeau is presenting it not very naturally, some characters are whispering or laughing in the places where it totally doesn't fit. Comparing for example to Italian version from Francesco Pannofino, this vesion has a lot worse quality. I won't buy next parts in French.

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  • SUH
  • 25-04-18

Great reading voice until he starts doing the voices of the characters. Some of them sound ridiculous

Great reading voice until he starts doing the voices of the characters. Some of them sound so ridiculous, it’s hard to concentrate or take it seriously. Hagrid to start. Or Dumbledore? Awful.

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  • PBR
  • 17-04-18

The narrator drove me nuts

What didn’t you like about Bernard Giraudeau’s performance?

First: he narrated wayyy too quickly. Second: I found myself adjusting the volume on my headphones far too often as he would go on long stretches of yelling (i.e., voicing Uncle Vernon) and whispering (i.e., voicing Peeves). Third: there were some painfully high-pitched female voices.

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  • Scott Reads
  • 02-11-17

Very Difficult To Understand

So context, I am a fourth year university student (in Canada) taking French. I am fluent in French and fairly confident with my command of the language. That being said, I had a VERY difficult time understanding the narrator... Perhaps because I am not an native French speaker, but even with slowing down the narration I had such a difficult time understanding the voices. They seem mumbled, they seem too nasal and it causes me a lot of difficulty with this book.

I am hoping once I spend a little more time immersed in the French language I will be better equipped to understand that narration, but as someone who exclusively operates in the French language academically... I am not sure that that will happen any time soon.

Review:

As a native speaker, you will enjoy this book
As a language learner, you will probably have difficulty with this book

TIP: if you listen to this while reading a physical copy of the book, you will be able to better understand the narration.

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  • Patrick T. Baggett
  • 26-10-17

Overall good, but a bit mumbly

The audio and the e-book differ every so slightly, which is annoying to follow a second language learner of French. The speed of narration is fast for me as a non-native speaker, but that's fine.

Overall, the acting is pretty good, but some of the characters he reads with a mumbled. bored, nasal voice which is unbelievably hard to understand. Ron and Neville come to mind, maybe Malfoy. I didn't feel like that added anything to the story.

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  • la chilenita
  • 29-11-17

Horrible Narrator

Am trying to learn Italian and French so was excited when the Harry Potter series came out in those languages. Unfortunately the narrator mangled the voices of almost every character to make their narration not only unintelligible, but occasionally downright painful. Yes, painful, stomach-churning pain trying to figure out who was talking and what was being said. The narrator was amazing when he wasn't doing the Dursleys or Hagrid -- I appreciated his effort in changing the tone and accent in order to portray the vast array of characters in the book, but it became overdone and over-the-top

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  • Paula
  • 26-11-17

Fantastic book. Big challenge.

Well, it was a delight to listen to this book, it was also a big challenge. Harry Potter is the kind of book I will always read/listen no matter in what language I pick up. In this case, I choose french as an oportunity to pratice the language, but was very hard, I need to say. The narrative is faster than I was used to, and and sometimes was almost impossible to understand, as Hagrid for example. Was an exercise to come back again and again until I thought I got the meaning. After some chapters, I do not know if the narrative was slower if I got used to the pronunciation, but it was a easier to identify the text, but even so it was hard. I think so, It is almost an exercise in resistance. If you stop, you will never know what you are capable of.

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  • Cassie Coleman
  • 06-10-18

Bernard is annoying.

The narrator start well and then switch to acting for the worst. C'est dommage le début est bien. Mais la succession de personnages et de voix rendent le récit brouillon et parfois pénible à écouter.

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  • Sarah Brabazon
  • 30-08-18

The narrator’s effusive style is distracting.

I imagine that if I were a french-speaking teenager, I’d find the narration exciting to listen to. Monsieur Giraudeau does distinctive voices for each character, and reads with much drama. But as a learner, I found this distracting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-18

Don’t listen to with headphones

Too much voice acting, the voices for Ron and Hermione are terrible, he shouts and then talks quickly in an annoying character voice changing the pitch from high to low. Hard to understand the French eve for natives!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-07-20

Love Harry Potter, Not a Fan of the Narration

I absolutely love the Harry Potter series. But the narration voices that are used are hard to understand and do not do the actual characters justice. Dumbledore sounded like he was about to drop dead and Hagrid sounded terrible.