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  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing for a HP fan

  • By Toria Phillips on 17-10-2018

Disappointing for a HP fan

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-2018

I am a colossal Harry Potter nerd so was looking forward to this new publication. I had expected it to be a comprehensive history of magical beliefs and practices throughout the ages, with a focus on how that inspired HP, but instead I learned (on listening) that it was a discussion relating to a museum exhibition! This in itself would not be so bad except that the script regularly refers to the pieces in the exhibition and without a visual frame of reference, this is dull and frustrating.
I also found the narration to be very slow moving, with lots of pauses and musical interludes for no real reason. I ploughed ahead anyway, because Harry Potter, but there were times I considered switching it off.

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  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-2017

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-2018

Stephen Fry and Greek mythology, what's not to love? This was a funny, educational, and entertaining read. Fry is like the university professor you always wanted, bringing the humanity of the stories to life. Loved it all.