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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically captivating

  • By Monique M. on 28-03-2015

Oxford, French Chateaus & Mysterious Manuscripts

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

Reviewed: 27-12-2018

Opening up in the world of Oxford, the majesty and beauty of this incredible university. Throw in witches, vampires, demons and mysteriously missing texts and you have a thoroughly captivating tale.

The journey of Diana discovering not only who she is but what she can do is transfixing. And the presence of Matthew who will do whatever it takes to not only protect her but avenge her is utterly romantic.

Onward to the next chapter of The All Souls Trilogy.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,918
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,908

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry is a master! Again!

  • By Carolyn on 01-08-2016

Second to Last and the Beginning of the Heartbreak

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

Half Blood Prince is the second last book in this series but it marks the beginning of the heartbreak of not just what's to come but also the ending of the series.

Ordinarily seven books would seem a lengthy number for any series, but in the magical world of Harry Potter seven is not nearly enough. Perhaps even there is never enough of this fantastical journey and therein lies the true magnificence of this whole series by J.K Rowling.

Alas all good things must come to an end, but there's no limits on how many times you can relive the magic now is there?

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,261

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Lizziecat on 16-06-2016

An emotional and enthralling experience

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

Reviewed: 20-08-2018

A fan of the series for so many years I listened intently along to Stephen Fry's reading completely captivated once again. This time though having the opportunity to read aloud what I had only been reading in my head all those years ago I found myself have a much more deeply emotional response to the books than I did on my first, second and even third reading.

Mr Fry so eloquently read the story with all the enthusiasm, emotions, excitement and foreboding worthy of this turning point in the series. The journey through Goblet of Fire with each chapter became more exciting than the next and more heartbreaking at its conclusion. I can't wait to begin the next instalment of this fantastical journey.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,962
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,946

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry was brilliant

  • By John on 19-09-2016

The Beginning of a Lifetime of Adventure.

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2018

From the opening sentences as a reader and a listener you knew you were headed into a truly fantastical world that would continue to ensnare the imagination. It transcends generations and delights all in equal measure. Stephen Fry brings the world of Harry Potter to a whole new medium in brilliant style.

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,433
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,415

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....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Betty Denley on 13-12-2015

Another thrilling chapter in the Harry Potter series!

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2018

Stephen Fry's reading of this series has breathed an incredible new dimension to this wonderful series.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,620

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone.... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Steven Fry is the perfect narrator

  • By Kate on 28-08-2016

Never too old for Hogwarts

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2018

Stephen Fry's reading of this adventure series is exactly the tonic needed for those 5am train rides to work. No day can start off bad if accompanied by Harry Potter for your journey.