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

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

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"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

What the Critics Say

"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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    V. Stacey 05/08/2016
    V. Stacey 05/08/2016
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    "awesome"

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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn 01/08/2016
    Carolyn 01/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kristine 30/07/2017
    kristine 30/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget Fair 08/12/2017
    Bridget Fair 08/12/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "The half blood prince "

    Hi I really liked the half blood prince it was so good and exciting thanks again for the book

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    Anonymous 07/12/2017
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    "Superb!"

    Stephen Fry is now part of the family! We love all the books but this is one of our favourites.

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    Mileta 19/10/2017
    Mileta 19/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "My Fat Life review"

    This is the saddest out of the bunch, Stephen you made me feel like *Spoiler*


    I myself attended the funeral, like I sat a few rows back and watched it all go down. Love it and cried like a baby.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 15/10/2017
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    "Harry potter and the half blood Prince"

    It is exciting and interesting. You can even imagine the story like a movie is playing in your head!

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    Annaliesa Rose 29/06/2017
    Annaliesa Rose 29/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow! Double wow!"

    Great continuation story. Looking fwd to the last one. Then I will watch the films again.

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    Olivia 13/05/2017
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    "My all time favourite."

    This book is rich with storytelling it closes off many door and yet servers window open again. So much to read and couldn't put it down.

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  • Eirik
    10/05/16
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    "masterly written and performed"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    12/12/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheila Campos
    14/11/17
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    "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 :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete!
    4/07/17
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    "excellent as ever!"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/04/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    27/03/17
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    "What I think about the book"

    It was great and set out with much detail a good mixture of narration and dialogue but the chapters were a bit long but either than that it is the best book I have ever read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stefano C.
    16/12/16
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    "Spectacular"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mathijs
    30/11/16
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    "fantastic book"

    very good narrator's, gets the voices juist right. as alway in the harry potter series its full of mystery and excitement

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SUNG JO BANG
    15/10/16
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    "Excellent story!"

    I have read this book three times. It is still interesting and exciting. Excellent story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CharlieSwing
    29/08/17
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    "As if I were in the story"
    Would you listen to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6 again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to HP6 again. The story is captivating and the reading is clear and passionate.


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

    I love the scenes in the Potions class with Slughorn.


    What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings all the characters to life without exaggerating or turning them into caricatures. I can feel and understand the difference between the young and old Voldemort or between female and male characters or different creatures without being annoyed by the over-playing of high or low pitched voices.


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

    I had read the books before, therefore I wouldn't say I had an extreme reaction, but rather a sense of anticipation of how certain scenes would be read and how the story would progress.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a crescendo of danger in the story that Stephen Fry manages to capture majestically.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon
    Between a Pair of Headphones
    18/12/15
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    "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.


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • chloeparrot
    England
    16/01/17
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • robert
    3/12/17
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    "Love this"

    This book was really good. I'm a Harry Potter devotee , and have read the books loads, but this is my first time listening to them. Stephen Fry is the best choice for narrator! He really makes you feel submerged in the story. JKs writing is brilliant as usual. This being the last book set at Hogwarts it wasn't too dark, there was plenty of humour (There's no need to call me sir, professor!) but the death was very sad. This set the scene for the Deathly Hallows, but it did not feel like a big prequel, it was still a good story on its own. Now, onto the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucinda
    1/12/17
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    "brilliant"

    Another amazing book by J K Rowling. We are literally obsessed with this series. Thank you J K Rowling and Stephen Fry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Jayne Sibley
    12/11/17
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    "One of the best books ever📚"

    Epic story and great performance from Steven Fry. It's got plot twists and a great series to go with it.

    I'd recommend it to everyone because although your not actually reading it's brilliant and fun!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/11/17
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    "Harry and the half blood Prince"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • rosie hunter
    25/10/17
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    "Excellent"

    Such an excellent story and So brilliantly read. I love how Stephen Fry brings the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alys Brooker
    23/10/17
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    "Coolest"

    Epic epic epic and rrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrr rrrrrr rrrrrrr rrr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Turkan Bingol
    Southampton
    18/10/17
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    "ANAZING!!!!!!!!"

    Stephen fry is spectacular! Does such great voices, and so consistently good at it too. Rowling is the best writer ever, im not over exaggerating! Makes me cry every time I read/listen to this book, her imagination is remarkable. The Harry Potter books are the best. I've read all five times over 👌👌

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    16/10/17
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    "amazing"

    Stephen Fry just tops off this amazing book. I started listening to the audiobooks on CD about 15 years ago and now I listen to them here and always will

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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