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Summary

"'You are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord.'" 

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

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©2003 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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Deeper, Darker, Longer . . . Brilliant!

Did J.K. Rowling overdo it with "The Order of the Phoenix"? You might be forgiven for thinking so. After all this longest book of the series had the shortest amount of film time dedicated to it. So who got it right? Author or Director? It does have to be said that it is a slower moving story and some will conclude that a tougher approach to the editing would have improved it.

I have to disagree though, this is a more grown-up Harry Potter! Full of teenage angst and hormones as he struggles with not just wizardry, evil and fame but also the normal challenges that all young people face. Raging against family, the agonies of a possible first love, the panic created by crucial examinations and discovering that just maybe your parents weren’t quite the perfect role models that you once thought.

Again the narrative to the story takes on an increasingly darker tone and the sense of childish wonder is replaced with a more worldly outlook as befits a growing boy. There are still, of course, lots of moments of humour and warmth as we get to spend an extended amount of time with Harry, Hermione, Ron and the others. The Weasley twins are a particular highlight of this book.

The man faced with this marathon narration is once again the hugely impressive Mr Fry who is extremely easy on the ear. Listen carefully and you can detect a couple of very slightly ragged edges in the character voicings of this one but he still brings great atmosphere and at times a real gravitas to proceedings.

If you have only ever seen the film before this book should be a massive treat! I think the author got it right and it’s the one Potter film where I genuinely feel they didn’t do the book justice at all. Even though it was a fine film in of itself it just doesn’t quite manage to capture the essence of the book as well as the others.

It’s long but don’t be put off, after all who wouldn’t want to spend a few extra hours with this set of characters?

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  • Jane
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  • 03-12-15

Hurray! Harry Potter is on audible!

What made the experience of listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 the most enjoyable?

I read all the Harry Potter books. It is such a treat to listen to Harry Potter's adventures again. Stephen Fry does an amazing job and brings all the characters in the book alive. I used every opportunity to listen to this Harry Potter Book. Even I know the storyline I didn't get bored listen to the book again.

What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 to, and why?

I don't know any books which you can compare with The Harry Potter series. For me Harry Potter is just the best.

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

Stephen Fry brings every character in the book alive. I particularly like his performance of Dolores Umbridge as his voice is brings her bittersweet evil character alive.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is too long to listen in one sitting but I finished the audio book in a week. I could not wait listening to Harry Potter so I listened to it on my way to work, going for a walk with my dog and doing household chores.

Any additional comments?

I will download every Harry Potter Book. It is such a treat to be able to have the whole series on my IPod. Thanks Audible!

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Love Harry Potter

Iv been waiting ages for these books on audible and thankyou. Steven fry reads perfectly xx

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Better than the HP movies

Would you listen to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 again? Why?

Stephen Fry is SO amazing at reading Harry Potter.
He has so many different voices for each character its easy to forget its one person reading it.
He makes each character stand out of the book as if they are real.
I can't stand the HP movies. Many of the characters in the movies are nothing like the book, including Harry, Dumbledor, Hermione, Ron, Fred and George. (look at the kid actors in A Game Of Thrones, thats proper child acting).
Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter = heaven.

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Amazing Book and beautifully read

I cant get enough of the Harry Potter books. This book in particular is awesome. J K Rowling is a genius.

I already had the Jim Dale audio version. I think both he and Stephen Fry tell the story but Stephens version is more complete.

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  • Fiona
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  • 27-07-17

Magical!

A wonderful story, and Stephen Fry is magnificent.
I absolutely loved it.
Brilliant - highly recommended!

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...and another one

The Harry Potter franchise gets quite samey at this point. There was a slight change of pace but it seems they all follow a similar structure. Despite this, they're still a lot of fun and Stephen Fry does a great job reading them, even if he does only have a handful of voices for characters.

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Addictive, compelling!!

What made the experience of listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 the most enjoyable?

Stephen Fry's narration!

What did you like best about this story?

Although getting darker in nature, it's central focus remains the same: love, friendship and goodness over evil :)

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

Yes ALL the Potter books thus far. Although all great, the ever growing amount of characters make it more varied and interesting!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Dark. Dangerous but friendship saves the day!!

Any additional comments?

SO glad the Umbridge woman gets her comeuppance, she's simply vile!!

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fantastic

Fabulous book, Stephen Fry had bought out the magic JK Rowling had put into her book. Can't wait to listen to the next one. Strongly recommended for car journeys, during lunchtimes at work or school or just for times on your own

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The story continues

Stephen Fry does another fantastic job in bringing to life the characters in the book.

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  • Clara R. Arechiga
  • 25-02-16

An incredible reading!!!

I have been a fan of Harry Potter, or maybe I should say JK Rowling, since the beginning, But never I had enjoyed this book, my favorite of the series, like this before. Mr Fry breathes new, detailed and nuanced life into the characters.
I understood many things that my own reading (one reads faster in silence) did not reveal to me. The movie does not do any justice to the story, even if it is a good movie. Gary Oldman, as passionate an actor as he is, is no match for Mr Fry's careful and believable creation.And his Dumbledore is also a new version of the wise, beautiful old magician. Mr Fry's is more mysterious, more human, incredibly caring. This was lovely. Thank you.

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  • SES
  • 26-05-18

Great author!!

JK Rowling masters the art of writing an extraordinary story. The world she's created is amazong, second time I'm enjoying the series. The narration is excellent!!

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  • OuRi
  • 16-12-17

Always love Harry Potter and J.K Rowling.

I have been reading Harry Potter since then until now. Love Love Love everyhing :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

My least fav from the series

Great narriation, But that one was just too long. I mean, it was 847 pages long jesus..

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  • Banderez
  • 25-07-18

Yaaaaaaaay

Hi audible I really like audiobooks they make me feel happy harry potter is my favorite series Steven fry has a very warming voice

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  • Neeraj
  • 04-07-18

Wow

It just keeps getting better. What a great story so far. I finally understand why Harry Potter has such a cult following.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-18

Simply Magical

Although the characters in her story performs extraordinairy magic, J.K. Rowling herself performs her own piece of magic through words. Stephen Frys well paced narration is enough to entrance anyone.

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  • Francisco Ferreira Reis Fonseca
  • 28-03-18

Completo, Emocionante e Adolescente

Muito melhor que o Filme. O Livro é completo, os personagens diferentes e mais bem feitos. É bem mais emocionante e mais característico para personagens adolescentes.

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  • Eyal
  • 20-03-18

Another great harry potter audio book.

Would you consider the audio edition of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5 to be better than the print version?

Yes i enjoyed it so much. Hard for me to imagine myself reading 800 pages instead of listening to them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5?

The occlumency lessons from snape were very memorable for me. Also the tension to learn what harry is dreaming about (whats behind the black door).

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

Many characters voices and the way they speak were hard for me to imagine.Its difficult to imagine anyone other than Fry to do it better.

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

It made me laugh a lot. i did tear up a bit in the scene where a specific character die.

Any additional comments?

The book is very long and a lot of pages scare me sometimes :D. That is why the audio book version is so great for this book in my opinion.

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  • Click4akshay
  • 05-02-18

Absolute pleasure!

Steven Fry you made the already amazing books truly legendary. What a delight to listen!!