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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alex 21/03/2017
    Alex 21/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "wasnt what I thought it was."

    it wasn't what I thought it was I wanted to listen to the book based on the movie not an A to Z of the beasts

    1 of 1 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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    Claire 28/03/2017
    Claire 28/03/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting "

    I'm not a huge HP nerd (don't get me wrong I loved the books and the movies were pretty good too.) I'm just not a die hard who needs to listen to an A to Z description of beasts.
    So I felt that I needed more $15. really this is the first audible I've said that about. it just feels like a rip off.
    I am consoling myself that it's great that it supports such a wonderful charity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

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    Renee 18/03/2017
    Renee 18/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book. Awesome character."

    It was great to here it narrated by "Newt Scamander" and it ties it to the movie very well. Also great to know that a donation is made to 2 charities as a part of purchasing this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Scott Sauberlich
    24/03/17
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    "New content but missing old"

    Some old beasts missing. Giant spiders and dementors being two examples. Otherwise the book was great.

    2 of 2 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!

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Jerrbear
    Post Falls, ID United States
    14/03/17
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    "My own fault- this is not the story from the movie"
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    I snapped this up based on the title, assuming that it was the book version of the recent motion picture by the same name. I got about half way through it before I figured out that it was not going to get to the story. This is OK for what it is, a catalog of descriptions of magical creatures listed alphabetically, but I assume the print version has pictures that go along with the descriptions, which would be great.

    55 of 76 people found this review helpful
  • Craig Schorling
    21/03/17
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    "Fun, Well Produced, And a Bit Short at Times"
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    Overall (4.5) This was a fun, short diversion. I have always enjoyed side stories such as this especially when they are from worlds that I care about. It is well written and I really appreciate the consistency in presentation. Eddie Redmayne did a fantastic job narrating the book and the sound effects were top notch. I particularly enjoyed the little touch of having the authors notes sound like they were from a recorder.

    With the top notch production values and narration my one gripe is that some beasts were too short. I would anxiously wait for the rating of each beast and then get excited for the "5x" ones only to have it over with in 20 seconds. Some parts were top notch such as the Lethifold where a story was told from a survivors perspective. I just wish there had been more moments like that. In the end, this was an enjoyable listen that I could easily come back to over and over again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    Austin, TX, United States
    15/03/17
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    "Fantabulous Beasts For The Hardcore Fan!"

    Make no mistake--there is no story here; rather it's Newt Scamander's textbook. But it's chock full off wondrous beasts that are sure to delight fans. You'll find the familiar; you'll find the new and awesome. And you'll even find a bit of the wizarding world outside of Harry Potter's Great Britain. Beasts from Africa, Asia, even America (where there's a bit of history with the wizarding's American President).
    Eddie Redymayne does a fantastic job reading what is essentially Harry's school work (reminds me of people saying someone's voice is so good they could read the phonebook). He puts awe and spellbinding wonder into each beast and its history.
    This book made me do something I haven't done since I was a kid: stop and make up stories myself about each creature.
    It was a nice ride, a journey into a ticklesome safari.

    12 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • sharon whitfield
    20/03/17
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    "Very Disappointed"

    Thought this was the story. Different description or title would have been less misleading, Boring!

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Paul
    15/03/17
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    "This is not a story"

    This is not a story. It is a textbook with undertones of the adventures Newt took to collect the information. Each chapter corresponds to a letter in the alphabet. The introduction is the closest thing to a story and it only hints at Newt's adventure in NYC as detailed by the movie.

    The reader is the actor who portrayed Newt in the movie. He has a great voice and does well with this. There are no voices to portray, so he does not need the same voice acting skills as other audible readers. His performance works well and he has a very soothing voice.

    10 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Mira
    Finland
    14/03/17
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    "Magical listening experience"

    Eddie Redmayne's narration gave this audio book a magical touch. It was nice to hear the book read by it's "author".

    14 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Mark S.
    28/03/17
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    "Remember- it is a reference book"

    Pretty entertaining still, considering it is a reference book. There is no plot or story (unlike the movie based of this book), but they do a good job with sound effects in the background to help illustrate much of what is reviewed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sam
    28/03/17
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    "AMAZING!!!"

    This book has made me very inclined to read other Harry Potter books and even after I watched the movie it explained so much I hope J.K makes another one!!!

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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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    14/03/17
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    "If this doesn't make you smile go get some Prozac"

    Lovely. Just truly lovely. I never think the wizarding world needs anything more but jk rowling always proves me wrong. And thank god she does

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    15/03/17
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    "Disappointed"

    It's not a story, more of a reference book. Not what I had expected. Quite disappointed. Wouldn't have used the credit otherwise.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Diana Sherwin
    15/03/17
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    "Belongs in Reference Section."

    I waited for this book with great anticipation!
    J.K. Rowling is an exciting story writer thinks I.
    I shouldn't have bothered. It starts with the prologue and goes nowhere. Very disappointed.

    2 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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kitkatscanread
    Fordingbridge, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    28/03/17
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    "Magical!"

    Eddie's voice makes it so much better.
    Additional beasts too.
    Very enjoyable.
    My Harry Potter feels rocketed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    27/03/17
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    "beautiful"

    I lovely look into the world of Harry Potter. It made me giggle so much and spoil the coming Fantastic beast films.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viki
    27/03/17
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    "Fantastic Is The Word!!"

    Absolutely loved delving into this book felt so lovely to be home in the wizard img world again and completely immersed into the research of the magical creatures within it. Newt Scamander is an incredible tutor.
    Thank-you J.K. Rowling for keeping your fans who remain as loyal as ever in touch with a world that has become and will always remain so beloved 😍❤👍🏻

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gijayne
    26/03/17
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    "This book is great"

    I love this book it's amazing I love it so good I love it so much

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/03/17
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    "Truly Fantastic Beasts"

    I make no secret and no apologies for the fact , I love JK Rowling's books. I have never loved another world more since I discovered Narnia. Eddie Redmayne makes this book come to life, I don't usually spend my time listening to Audible giggling,but I did listening to this book. It was bliss, please say a huge thank you to Mr R on behalf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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