"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...."
When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....
©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling
"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)
Fantasy: Be it high, dark, gritty or epic! Also autobiographies, biographies and Harry Potter. So many books - so little time!
The Half Blood Prince has become my 2nd favorite Harry Potter book. Very enjoyable to listen too. Stephen Fry is the best narrator, he does great voices for the characters.
Stephen Fry's exceptional story-telling skills makes this audio series more enjoyable than any reading experience. Every chapter is bejewelled with tantalising information eagerly sought as the story unravels.
After the heaviness of the previous book, it was a delight to return to the normal format of the other books.
This book brings forth true suspense, mixed with the investigative deductions seen in books 1-4.
**Spoiler Alert** The death of Dumbledore brings a cooler and darker end to the book but is done in such a way that you can really feel for the loss of the characters.
"masterly written and performed"
One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!
Each book is special in a different way. I think this is the one where the personality of the sixteen years old Harry comes out the most, and KJR carries this on magisterially.
very good narrator's, gets the voices juist right. as alway in the harry potter series its full of mystery and excitement
I have read this book three times. It is still interesting and exciting. Excellent story.
"Twists, turns and shocks!"
This is the sixth of the magical seven, each developing the story and leading to the climactic finale in The Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling uses The Half Blood Prince to further ensnare the reader into the twists that are to reveal themselves in the final conclusion of the story.
Part of the skill really is that these characters genuinely grow as they progress through their school years. As in real life with that growth comes responsibility. Once again Harry is pitted up against his now traditional enemies. Increasingly he starts to see shades of grey rather than simple black and white issues while the stakes become increasingly high.
There are twists, turns, surprises and shocks including for anyone who doesn’t know the stories a huge one at the end which I certainly wouldn’t reveal as it really is a huge development. This is something that continues into the final book so be prepared to constantly re-evaluate characters. The identity of the Half Blood Prince I found particularly intriguing and on first encounter with the stories didn’t see it coming at all.
The depth of the mysterious plot is increased by the beautiful marriage of the antiquities of the wizardly world and the seedier side of modern society such as government corruption and the modern media. The latter most ably represented by the brilliantly presented Rita Skeeter, a journalist so awful she could grace any of our tabloids!
I’m very glad that the author took the longer form for the final few books. This story and its characters needed that depth and the genuine cleverness of this book should not be fully judged in my opinion until the final book, The Deathly Hallows has also been finished. I’ll say no more.
The narration of course, the Master Fryer, little need be said other than a quick “Bravo!”.
One small note. I see all of these books listed under “Children : 8-10”. I would never seek to advise any parents on what their children should or should not read (within reason) and I was happy to let my daughter read these at age 10 when she asked. However, the books changed quite distinctly with the ages of the main characters. A line or two is bound to have been crossed so some parents may well want to review a plot synopsis or research these later books before making a decision on them. Not my call but I suspect some parents might just draw the line for a sensitive 8 or 9 year old.
"The magical world"
Absolutely brilliant JK Rowling is a word witch creating spellbinding stories and Stephen fry is amazing
it is amazing!! I absolutely love to listen to this amazing book by JK Rowling
Simply brilliant! A masterrpiece of imagination in bringing the world of magic to life. JKR is a genius!
"Best book ever😄😄😄😄😄😄😄"
It is so loud and relaxing 💙💚💙💛💚💙💛💙💚💛💙💚💛💙💛 I would recommend this to my family and friend
I really enjoyed this book, I like the first few chapters and Skiving snack boxes!
emotional ups and downs with my favourite characters. I adore the series and can listen to it again and again.
Perfectly read by Mr Fry and a great book building up to the final chapter
"Excellent as expected"
I can not wait to read the next book. Absolutely loved it. Read beautiful by Mr Fry as usual
The combination of JK Rowling's superb writing and the unrivalled talent of Stephen Fry make this one of the best books to listen to.
Having read all the Harry Potter books and watched the films, this is simply another way to enjoy them.
Listen to them whilst driving, cooking or simply relaxing. Stephen Fry adds to the already exciting and beautifully written story through his incredible story telling ability. I could listen to him telling me anything but this is a true pleasure.
Highly recommended to all, especially those who have only watched the films as the books have greater depth, more content and you'll feel as though you are listening to a whole new book!
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