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Publisher's Summary

"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

Critic Reviews

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

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Nothing better.

Brilliant!
Perfect reading of a perfect story.
Not to be missed by young or old.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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awesome

Stephen Fry brings this story alive like no other could. can listen to this over and over!

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Stephen Fry is a master! Again!

one of the saddest, most shocking books of the series and Stephen Fry conveys all of it brilliantly! can't thankyou enough!

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Roses review

This book is an amazing book I loved Stephen fry's reading expressions


I would recommend this book for ages 9+ I give this book a ten out of ten for everything

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Just the best

Seriously can’t imagine HP anymore without Stephen Fry’s incredible narration. Truly one of my favourite all time performances in any media.
As for this particular book, what can I say that hasn’t been said? Incredibly invested in these characters and this story - I’ve listened and read at least a dozen times.

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  • Mr. C
  • The Cupboard Under the Stairs
  • 18-06-2018

This Audio book, I like it. Another!

Absolutely Brilliant!

Mr Stephen Fry reading J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince is a match made in heaven.

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Harry Potter

I loved this book so much I listened to it 2 times I gave it 5 stars because I love Harry potter

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AMAZING BOOK

If you could sum up Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 in three words, what would they be?

GREAT, FUN, FLOWING

What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 to, and why?

Harry Potter and the orderof the pheonix because it is also a very flowing book

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

yes, this one is just the same as the others

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the horcrux at the end

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One of the Best

Like all the other HP books it is an amazing listen. Stephen Fry is fantastic beyond words.

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loved it, loved it, looks it.

An amazing story read beautifully. what more could you ask for than the marriage of Mr Fry's and the Potter story xo

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  • Eirik
  • 10-05-2016

masterly written and performed

One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-2017

MY FAVORITE

I remember the first time i actually read this book. i knew then it will always be my favorite one. it carries so much emotions and breaks my heart into a million pieces. Listening to it being narrated for the first time - by Stephen - made the book so much more intense. his narration s so on point, he had the hairs on my neck up listening to him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-06-2018

Magnificent

A book like no other. Absolutely fascinating. Could not stop listening to this brilliant tale. Even though I have read the book twice already. Listening was a whole new experience.

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  • shay levy
  • 24-04-2018

Stephen Fry's performance is amazing

Stephen Fry's performance is amazing, lost count on how many times I relistened to Harry Potter, entire series and he just makes it so much more enjoyable.

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  • Paula
  • 13-02-2018

Great story

The sixth book of the saga brings to light the transformation of Tom Ridle into Lord Voldemort. As the story progresses, Harry struggles to reconcile his life now that he has lost his godfather - Sirius Black.
This book isn't as dark as the previous one, however, the author maintains the climate of apprehension and seriousness that history has acquired.

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  • Gvido
  • 30-01-2018

Awesome book

Great story, great performance in reading it aloud - so many facets, subplots and interesting details. I loved it!

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  • juan carlos
  • 27-01-2018

gran libro co.ple expectativas

la voz es exelente diatinges entre personajes. vale la pena y en audio tiene otra magia

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-12-2017

The best read of the 7

Of all the wonderful series of books that stephen fry reads, this has to be the best one. As heartwrenching as the end of this story is itself, it is made more emotional by fry's reading. Alongside laugher, shock and excitement, fry and rowling take you through an intense and submerging story that seems to end way too quickly, even when the book is almost a day's reading long. A personal favorite.

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  • Sheila Campos
  • 14-11-2017

HP Best book and awesome dramatice by Stephen Fry

Emotional, interesting and powerful. Many secrets of Voldemort and Snape reveled.
Chapter "the cave" is really sad. And Hagrid breaks my heart again :(

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  • Pete!
  • 04-07-2017

excellent as ever!

loved this one, shame I've only got one left, Steven fry as always nailed it!

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  • Simon
  • 18-12-2015

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.


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  • lilmissb
  • 23-05-2018

well read

Well narrated by Stephen Fry - great use of different voices and accent for different characters and not at all monotone or mundane

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-2017

Harry and the half blood Prince

This Harry potter book is so full of excitement and it makes it Silk good.

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  • chloeparrot
  • 16-01-2017

Excellent performance by Stephen Fry

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes - an excellent performance by Stephen Fry of an enthralling, and well told story. Recommended for children of all ages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6?

Oh so many - when Harry realised that the Half Blood Prince was Snape, the fact that Hermione got annoyed that Harry was doing better than her in Potions, Harry's fight with Malfoy - just to name a few.

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

All of them

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither - just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Somewhat different to the film - so should be read first.

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  • Johnny106
  • 18-07-2018

Good, gets great and the Excellent

I am reading Harry Potter, Not long finished book 5, The Order, half way through, The Half Blood prince, loved the first 5 books, could not get enough of them, well written, fun and entertaining, great story lines, yet not feeling it with, struggling to get into book 6. Not written the same, story feels poor, keep loosing the thread if that makes sense. Still loving the characters.

On another note, the films do not portray harry the way the books do, a lot of the time, I do not like him in the books, find him, self absorbed, and rude.

Just finished, The Half Blood Prince, changed my mind, now that I finished the book, some good twists, last few chapters, were great, back to the level of the other books. Loved it. never seen Snape as the half Blood Prince. Will start book 7, tonight, On Nights Shift, so hope to get a few chapters in.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, if I was to rate it, its still No6 out of 6, however, now understand why it was written the way it was and now really enjoyed it.

Tonk, is still my favourite character.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-2018

love it

harry potter is one of my most favourite book series ! 💗 love it !

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  • Will toms
  • 06-07-2018

My new favorite

If you have seen all the harry potter films, you will love any of the audio books, i find it hard to hold focus on reading so i turned to audio books, I think that the narrator could have been better chosen as some of the voices didn't sound great and what you would think of them, the good voices would have to be Dumbledore and Ron which he nailed but when he says the spell Accio, he pronounces it Axe-E-O not Ak-E-O which got on my nerves slightly, but apart from that everything was fine. The films miss a lot of good parts of this book and would defiantly recommend reading or listening if you like the films.

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  • Rinike
  • 25-06-2018

“I am a wizard, not a baboon brandishing a stick.”

Step in the bit darker side of the wizarding world. One of the greatest books of the series!
If you're a fan of Harry Potter, you know what you're getting into!
Also, Stephen Fry is the best possible narrator for this series. His voice acting is top notch and you get to enjoy the book in a whole new level!

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  • Joshna
  • 21-06-2018

Addictive Listening!

Stephen Fry portrays Rowling’s fantastic imagination with such gusto! The combination is addictively entertaining - but I will be devastated when I finish the series! Re-living the Harry Potter Books is just as magical as the first time ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-2018

Amazing, I love the series<br />

Harry Potter is amazing, i love the series !!
this book is very great!!!!
reccomend it!!