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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Audiobook

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Read by Eddie Redmayne

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Publisher's Summary

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world.

Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance. Some of the beasts will be familiar to readers of the Harry Potter books – the Hippogriff, the Basilisk, the Hungarian Horntail... others will surprise even the most ardent amateur Magizoologist.

Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander's textbook ever to be released. Having starred as Newt Scamander himself in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, who better to narrate this Hogwarts Library book from one of the wizarding world's most famous Magizoologists? Eddie's film credits include The Danish Girl, My Week with Marilyn, Les Misérables and The Theory of Everything, for which he won a Golden Globe, an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.

Dip in to discover the curious habits of magical beasts across five continents….

Please note: This A-Z textbook is enhanced for audio with original sound design. This audiobook includes "audio footnotes" which have been treated with a sound effect to differentiate them from the main narration.

15% of the proceeds* from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to Comic Relief and Lumos Foundation for their work with children and young people to help them have a better life. 20% of these monies will be used by Comic Relief and 80% will be used by Lumos Foundation. Comic Relief is a registered charity in the UK with charity nos. 326568 (England/Wales) and SC039730 (Scotland). Lumos Foundation is a registered charity in the UK with no. 1112575.

*Proceeds means the cash-price or cash-equivalent price less sales taxes.

©2017 J.K. Rowling (P)2017 J.K. Rowling

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    Lucia 25/03/2017
    Lucia 25/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Hardcore Nerds, Ahoy!"

    Listen up nerds, if you're umming and ahhimg about whether $15 is reasonable to pay for something less than 2 hrs long on here, let me put your minds at rest. It is absolutely worth it.

    This new edition includes more information, incorperating the wider world of the new film franchise, and is absolutely beautifully narrated by Eddie Redmayne, who let's the character of Newt postively shine through his reading. The book is fun and enjoyable, though should really be reserved for hard core nerds. This is not a story, it is for all intents and purposes, a textbook - and an encylopedia at that.

    If hearing an -albiet engaging and interesting - formal introduction and history lesson followed by the alphabetical listings and descriptors of 50+ magical creatures isn't your cup of tea, this isn't the book for you.

    However, if you're a Harry Potter nerd who simply Can't Get Enough, it's perfect. The entries are funny and throughly enjoyable, and the backing soundtrack of the various habitats sets the scene beautifully.

    An all round A plus job!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James 17/03/2017
    James 17/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "I like"

    I like the book a lot it is very interesting to hear it from someone else

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheridan M Tanzer 15/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and overall pleasing"

    A bit too short, might be missing some creatures I think. But it is thoroughly entertaining. I was disconcerted by the change in style with the notes using a crackling audio but got used to it during the book. Audio effects to set the scene were nice and helped gave varying character to the book. Eddie Redmaynes did a great job with the voice acting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bec 25/05/2017
    bec 25/05/2017
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    "Bloody brilliant"

    Could listen to Eddie forever. Brilliant, love anything J.K. Rowling. Recommend to all. Absolutely fantastic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    22/05/2017
    22/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Beasts (Without the Beauty)"

    Eddie Redmayne is a talented actor who does his best to breathe life into the beasts from the book. The sound effects certainly aid his performance. Only decided to give this book a go because I watched the movie & enjoyed that.

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    Amazon Customer 09/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "different "

    not what I was expecting wasn't really a story persay, I wouldn't purchase it again. It's only a about an 1hr long

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    Stacey Australia 14/04/2017
    Stacey Australia 14/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Hardcore fans will enjoy"

    Newt Scamander reads the A-Z descriptions of 81 magical beasts.

    The most entertaining part of this audiobook was the location ambient backing tracks and actual sounds of the beast that accompany each beast description.

    I felt as though those sounds alongside Eddie's reading really draw you into the experiencing the magical world just that tiny bit more than just reading the book on its own.

    It gets an Outstanding from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle McDonald 04/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent narration; editing lets it down"

    Best for earphone listening; sound quality is poor when 'notes' are added, hard to hear.

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    dalkeith 22/03/2017
    dalkeith 22/03/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "FANTASTIC"

    was a really good book i enjoyed it immensely loved Eddies voice top it off.

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    Helen 20/03/2017
    Helen 20/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome"

    loved it. You will too so read it!!!! or listen which is more appropriate for audible reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • b
    12/05/17
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    "Not an actual book!"

    No story! This is literally an A to Z description of creatures. Not what I was looking for and I'm a bit disappointed. Was looking for a story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jennette
    12/05/17
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    "There is no story"

    If you purchased this book expecting a story somewhat like the movie, you will not be getting what you thought. It's mostly a list of magical creatures and how they are classified by the magical community.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sheri
    10/05/17
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    "Disappointed. "

    I kept waiting for a story, but there wasn't any. Just beast descriptions. Very disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flo
    5/05/17
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    "Wonderfully read, great information"

    This book is very pleasing despite my hesitation to order it. Easy short listen and will enhance your beastly knowledge.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lillian
    14/04/17
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    "Not really a story."

    This is a collection A through Z of the creatures found in the Harry Potter series.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Striker
    Atlanta, GA
    18/03/17
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    "A Textbook Plucked from Harry Potter's Backpack"

    This was a good addition to the world of Harry Potter. Big fans of the book series will probably enjoy this book, but it's not really a story... If we were to pluck a textbook of magical creatures from Harry Potter's backpack, it would be this book.

    This book reads just like a modern textbook, except this one is about magical creatures. Listed in alphabetical order, the book describes all of the magical creatures we read about in the Harry Potter books, as well as many we never really heard about.

    The audio performance was very good, but I had some issues with the recording in some places...
    Some of the creatures had "notes" that in a textbook would be something in the margin or at the bottom of the page. Though well performed, these "notes" were all of a different audio quality (almost muffled) than the rest of the narration. It as like the narrator went back and recorded the "note" sections while holding their hand over the microphone...

    This was overall a very good listen. As a huge Harry Potter fan, this was a great addition to one of my favorite book series. 5 Stars!

    34 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • Lilian Piruzan
    CALIFORNIA
    10/05/17
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    "snore"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I couldn't wait to listen to this book. However, I found it very difficult to follow and very boring. Not at all what I expected from JK Rowling. I am an avid Harry Potter fan.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MamaBear
    10/05/17
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    "bad recording"

    The sound kept cutting in and out. I thought it would interest me but to be honest I fell asleep listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tess
    8/05/17
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    "There's no story!"

    Unfortunately, I had no idea this was just a glossary, there is no story! I was hoping to get the full story relating to the movie. This certainly isn't that! Such a shame!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darthvader
    Iowa
    6/05/17
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    "Movie/book"
    What did you like best about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? What did you like least?

    Really did not care for the audio book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    We had watched the movie before getting the audio book and was very disappointed in it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Serenity
    12/04/17
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    "Magical from start to finish"

    I solemnly swear that this audio book is extremely good!
    Beautifully narrated by Newt himself, and with exquisite quirky sounds from some of the beasts. This is possibly my new favourite audiobook!
    Mischief managed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    14/03/17
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    "Shards of Pottery!"

    This "book" is probably a must for Potter completists.  However, it's worth mentioning that at the time of writing this review the linked Amazon reviews are a mixture of reviews about this book and the other books pertaining to "Fantastic Beasts" including the screenplay which could be confusing..  

    When you get a series as special as the Harry Potter books which captured the world's imagination it really makes sense to further explore the world and its artefacts and I'll admit to being a sucker for this kind of thing at times.  This does just that and unless you've been hiding under a philosopher's stone somewhere you'll already know that it isn't another book about Harry Potter himself.  Rather, it's one of the text books used at Hogwarts brought to life in some detail. Just for clarity then this is not the screenplay or even the story of the film, either of which would be rather excellent!.  This is primarily an A-Z of the magical creatures of the Harry Potter world.  

    Each creature is explained in turn including its Ministry of Magic classification.  There are various sound effects that add depth and at times amusing anecdotes about them.  The performance given by Eddie Redmayne is as you would expect given his acting talent and involvement with the film; very good. After all this is not a story per se but a text book upon which stories were built.  So it's not an easy one to read and get involved in as a narrator.

    For a full credit it is of course a short book but given that so much of the proceeds are going to such worthwhile causes the whole thing makes sense for fans of Harry Potter who just want that little bit more of the magic.  I do think that the latest physical versions of the book may be a better option though.  I am a huge fan of audiobooks of course and often prefer the format to the written word but the beautiful presentation of the physical books and inclusions of extras such as handwritten notes purportedly by the characters means in this case the audiobook works less well for what is after all a reference book rather than a story.

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/04/17
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    "fantastic"

    a lovely book with a great insight into the world of the Harry Potter, beautifully read too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kalina
    14/03/17
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    "Amazing!"

    Amazing and enchanting story as usual by J.K. Rowling and wonderfully read by Eddie Redmayne.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Anita Bhardwaj
    13/04/17
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    "really good"

    this is an amazing audiobook a must get audiobook it helped me ,earn more about the wizarding world

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diane Enticott
    7/04/17
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    "Brilliant"

    This book is brilliantly written and read. Very good fun.
    I will recommend it to everyone. We are big fans of J.K Rowling

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    6/04/17
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    "Love it!"

    Eddie Redmayne is amazing, and the sound effects of the actual beasts in the background really bring the story to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    4/04/17
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    "Couldn't stop listening!"

    Amazing audio book, Eddie Redmayne was perfect, my only complaint is that it ended!
    A must have for any Harry Potter fan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard Johnson
    3/04/17
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    "Wonderful audiobook"

    As a Harry Potter fan, it feels more authentic that Redmayne is reading this book due to his role as Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts movie. It is an excellent reading of one of my favourite books and I'm glad Redmayne is reading it, as opposed to Stephen Fry (who read the main seven books in the UK).

    The beasts described are highly interesting, Redmayne is a great narrator and the sound effects help to gauge a greater understanding of these fantastic beasts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/04/17
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    "An author with a very organised mind!"

    I am a primary school teacher and a mum of two boys. I hardly need to mention the popularity of the Harry Potter Books. That's a given thing. I found this book a bit dull to 'read' in chronological order....but I don't think that's the best way to enjoy it. I got the feeling this might have been sketched out by JK Rowling before writing the Harry Potter series as a fantasy non fiction style text. This must have helped her to be consistent in her descriptions and cross references to characters and creatures throughout the epic novels. And I feel I should have had a copy by my side when reading the stories to my son....now a zoo keeper himnself, who was/is more into non fiction than fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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