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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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    Sarah 05/06/2017
    Sarah 05/06/2017 Member Since 2017

    Love listening to books when I am in the car. I like Australian authors as I feel I can relate to them more.

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    "Easy listening"
    Where does Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very easy to listen to given that there was no story line


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy listening


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

    No I haven't but I like his voice


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

    I only listened in one sitting as I was on a car trip


    0 of 0 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

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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.

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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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    DaleKeith 22/03/2017
    DaleKeith 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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  • 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • drano
    SHAWNEE, KS, United States
    2/05/17
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    "Not what I expected"
    What disappointed you about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?

    Not a story. This is just a dictionary.


    What was most disappointing about J.K. Rowling and Newt Scamander ’s story?

    There is no story


    Did Eddie Redmayne do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, again this is just a dictionary.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jenerek
    28/04/17
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    "Better as a physical book"

    I knew it would be written like a guide book, but it just wasn't as engaging as I'd hoped it would be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica D
    San Francisco, CA United States
    26/04/17
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    "Meh."

    I found it hard to engage with this one. I guess I was expecting more of a narrative; the fictional-expository style didn't capture my attention despite Eddie Redmayne's excellent reading. I chuckled here and there, but I can't say I'm this book was so short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AJW
    25/04/17
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    "Look elsewhere for the story behind the movie"

    Although I liked the performer Eddie Redmayne and his performance I was sorely disappointed that this book. It had nothing to do with the movie I specifically bought it thinking that I would have the story behind the latest movie so if that's what you're looking for don't get this book otherwise it's really great explaining all the little beasts & beings thank you Eddie Redmayne good job well done

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    25/04/17
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    "Boring"

    I thought this would be a story similar to Harry Potter. It is not at all! Also the sound gets quiet for "subtitles" so I was constantly turning the volume up and down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    25/04/17
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    "Boring"

    I am obsessed with Harry Potter.
    I knew going into this it was not going to involve HP characters or have anything to do with Hogwarts, however , I just found it to be very boring and a let down, unfortunately.
    Maybe it was meant to be like this, but I just found it to be pretty dull. Also, the voice is very annoying.
    I realize it's supposed to be the textbook they use but I wish it had some type of plot.
    It would be cool if J.K wrote the DADA textbook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • PAULJR
    24/04/17
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    "Akin to listening to someone as they read a dictionary..."

    I wasted a credit on this book thinking that it was going to be a real book. It's not. Don't buy this audiobook, it's not a story, it's a reference.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    19/04/17
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    "This book is not the movie at all - upsetting"

    I was expecting an audio book that followed the movie. This is a text book and very boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    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
  • 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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.

    2 of 2 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
  • 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 5 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
  • Beth Luscombe
    1/04/17
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    "Fantastic indeed!"

    Lovely!! Eddie read it wonderfully and wouldn't want it read by anyone else! One of my favourite audio books! Often use it to help me sleep so soothing and you learn so much more about all the creatures you've seen in the movies!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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