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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 Audiobook

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

"'Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.'"

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

©1999 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

What the Critics Say

"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)

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    Tina 26/02/2016
    Tina 26/02/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "This series has become an addiction."

    I never thought I would be so taken by a series aimed at teenagers. Really enjoying this, will now download the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Denley 13/12/2015
    Betty Denley 13/12/2015
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    "Fantastic"

    Fantastic narration ,Stephen Fry brings these wonderful stories to life, can't wait for next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Stanhop Gardens, Australia 26/07/2016
    Adam Stanhop Gardens, Australia 26/07/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable read!"

    Stephen Fry is flawless in his performance!
    I had originally read the book 3 years ago but wanted to be refreshed since I was to continue to the next book - audible made it well worth while!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 29/12/2015
    Michelle 29/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "The best"

    Mr fry nails the whole set. Adds even more to the story. Builds on from jk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola Willis Sydney, Australia 24/05/2017
    Nicola Willis Sydney, Australia 24/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Continue to purchase and listen to each HP book!"

    Great audiobooks, well read, such a great way to re-live Harry Potter :) Will be buying every one!

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    Sharon Grewar 21/05/2017
    Sharon Grewar 21/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfect!"

    Loved it - can't beat Stephen Fry & Harry Potter! Can't wait to hear the rest.

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    David Upton 04/05/2017
    David Upton 04/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book!"

    Stephen Fry is the greatest audio book narrator I've ever heard. He makes these amazing stories truly come to life. I wish he did all the audiobooks!!
    Harry Potter, you know it's going to be great.....even after seeing the movies and reading the novels.
    Stories you'll always come back to..

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    Kristin 05/04/2017
    Kristin 05/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "captivating"

    our family loved every minute of it. we are looking forward to the next book.

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    Dylan 28/03/2017
    Dylan 28/03/2017

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    "Absolutely Stunning"

    This book is written and read well by both J. K. Rowling and Stephan Fry. I highly recommend.

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    Carrie 26/01/2017
    Carrie 26/01/2017
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    "A page turner"

    another brilliant reading by Stephen fry, an exciting and engaging telling of a truly magical book

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  • Margit
    22/02/17
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    "Fantastic"

    This was my third harry potter book in less than 7 days. On day 7 I finished my third harry potter book. Totally addicted. The narrator makes a big difference. Never fire him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ziv shani
    25/12/16
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    "12/10 wonderfull"

    very well written and Stephan fry voiced it brilliantly ! I recommend this book the everyone who enjoys harry potter and fantasy in general

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    17/05/17
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    "Fry is magnificent"

    Flawless and true to Rowling, I couldn't imagine a better performance than Stephen Fry's. Magic

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  • Amazon Customer
    10/04/17
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    "A match made in heaven"

    i just want to thank Stephen Fry for producing this work of art. his performance and Rowling's magic are a match made in heaven

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    23/03/17
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    "Excelente!"

    La narración es excelente. La combinación de Stephen con la hermosa historia de Joanne es increíble.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TooFee
    11/01/17
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    "Nice"

    I loved it and the performance was amazing as usual and nice story,it's my favourite so far

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss R
    18/12/16
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    "excellent"

    excellent narration by Stephen Fry.... thoroughly enjoyable! My children wanted to keep listening and listening! highly recommended

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  • Mirko
    25/11/16
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    "Favorite book, favorite movie"

    Amazing book, and especially an amazing narration from the beloved Stephen Fry. I very much enjoyed it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sultan H.
    15/11/16
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    "Splendid!"

    Probably my favorite book so far. The ending wasn't what I hoped but still quite impressive

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sabrina
    20/07/16
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    "Amazing"

    You forget the true story of prisoner of Azkaban because the movie changes it so much. For Harry Potter fans, this is such an easy way to listen and remember an epic story.

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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    26/11/15
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    "The Series Matures"

    The Prisoner of Azkaban is a little bit longer and has a slightly harder edge than the previous two books. I believe this reflects the natural progression of the the time that the books were written and the fact that much of its intended audience were now that little bit older. That's not to say that all the hallmarks of the previous books aren't there: the great characters; the inventive interpretations of modern life in a world of wizards and the warm humour that infused the previous books.

    Fry once again meets the challenge of being an excellent narrator and you feel that by this stage he has a genuine empathy for the stories. I would also add that the books this far explain the Professor Snape character far better than the films which in this case miss his rant about Harry's father. It's true that even Fry can't match Rickman's wonderful portrayal of Snape but the insight we gain into him and his motivations in particular is markedly improved in the books.

    This remains a series that has massively broad appeal and there are fewer better ways to spend a credit across Audible.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • araddenbury
    South of England.
    14/01/16
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    "The best yet..."

    This book was a delight from start to finish. Definitely my favourite of the series so far.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. R. Brompton
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    1/12/15
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    "Fantastic!"

    The Prisoner of Askaban is definitely my favourite of the Harry Potter stories. It zooms along at a great pace with lots of excitement, one particular favourite bit is the last Quidditch match to win the cup. This story makes the transition between the earlier lighter stories to the later increasingly darker ones. This is the time when Harry Potter finds out that not all things can be made right. A very enjoyable audible for a grey winter's day.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alistair
    KIRKWALL, United Kingdom
    8/08/16
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    "The opus of Harry Potter. EXPECTO PATRONUM!"
    Where does Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Honestly? You want an honest answer to that question? It's entirely possible that this may be nostalgia talking but I love this book and especially this version as narrated by Stephen Fry. This book in my opinion is where the series truly comes into its own and amongst the other audiobooks I own this rates extremely high! I can still remember when I was young and had some form of insomnia the only thing that could help me sleep was my copy of this or the BBC Radio 4 adaption of The Lord Of The Rings.


    What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 to, and why?

    I suppose the best comparison would be one of the other Potter books. Others have made the apt comparison that compared to Chamber or Philosopher, Azkaban definitely treats the characters and subject matter with much more gravitas and importance. This is shown mostly in the way the other characters interact with Harry and his friends. Unlike Chamber in which the main threat is mostly hinted at, Sirius is treated as no joke - with no time for comedic side adventures - that hangs over the entire plot. This shows Rowling had a good understanding of her audience aging with the books.


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

    The Harry Potter series is some of Fry's best work when it comes to narration. His best characters when it comes to this story in particular for me are Sirius and Lupin. He is great as Sirius who perfectly conveys the idea that Sirius is a deep voiced gentleman who hasn't had much reason to use his voice for a long time and as such his voice is becoming a lot more croakey and gravelly. Lupin on the other hand sounds like the kind of good hearted teacher that I remember from my favourite classes. A soft spoken man who for sure could raise his voice when required.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever want to give Potter a try on audio don't be afraid to jump in! This story will always make me smile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AshPed
    North West Of England
    19/01/16
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    "Pure Brilliance "

    Absolutely loved all aspects of the book. Brings my childhood memories back to life. Love it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    17/01/16
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    "NO WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT!!!!!!!!!"
    Where does Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is AMAZING!!!!! I am a Harry Potter fan and LOVE all the audiobooks so far!!! Stephen Fry is just amazing, he imitates Hagrid very well....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea Lee
    7/01/16
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    "Excellent"

    I love all the harry potter because books and am glad they finally come to audible. Stephen fry is also amazing

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberley
    30/12/15
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    "A must have!"
    What did you like most about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

    The one reason I joined Audible was to listen to the Harry Potter series and I couldn't recommend it more. Having never listened to audio books before I didn't know what to expect, particularly as I'm a big fan of the books and films but this is equally as amazing.

    Stephen Fry reads this book perfectly and his soothing voice and use of different voices for characters really makes this book. The story is perfect for all the family, you fall in love with the characters and can easily imagine this magical world.

    This is a book I could easily listen to over and over again.


    What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

    Brilliant


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    GOOLE, United Kingdom
    28/12/15
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    "loved it amazing"

    loved it wonderful story and wonderful narrative deffunalty getting the next book in the series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrea
    Canvey Island, United Kingdom
    25/12/15
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    "Just keeps getting better and better"
    What did you like most about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

    The story, the narration and the passion of the narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything, the series is just in a league of it's own.


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

    All of them!


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the next one in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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