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  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 20 hrs and 31 mins
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

By: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
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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.... 

Having now become classics of our time, the Harry Potter audiobooks never fail to bring comfort and escapism to listeners of all ages. With its message of hope, belonging and the enduring power of truth and love, the story of the Boy Who Lived continues to delight generations of new listeners. 

Theme music composed by James Hannigan. 

©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

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

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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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Nothing better.

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

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excellent

great story supported by great voice acting by Stephen Fry. as always recommended read especially if you liked the previous books. probably not a good book to start from though (as its the second last one)

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Sooooooooo Great!

I love HP books Doo much.. but this book is the absolute BEST 😍. Love it

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Intriguing and compelling.

After the heaviness of the previous book, it was a delight to return to the normal format of the other books.

This book brings forth true suspense, mixed with the investigative deductions seen in books 1-4.

**Spoiler Alert** The death of Dumbledore brings a cooler and darker end to the book but is done in such a way that you can really feel for the loss of the characters.

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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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Good book

Gave it 4 stars because the ending is sad, and now I feel sad. I hate sad books, and I forgot that this one ended like this (my fave is book 3, so I listen/read/watch that one the most often). I know it’s just setting up the story for the next book, but ending it on a sad note sucks. I now have to go grieve for a fictional character.

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Dee booook is vewy coll and I think u wood lik it. I’m riting dis cus I got 2

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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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Gripping Storytelling

Loved this book. Excellent voice acting and a gripping storyline. Fabulous detail and emotional content.

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  • Shay
  • 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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  • 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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  • Jihyeon
  • 19-07-2020

The most perfect narration, most wonderful story.

Stephen Fry's performance throughout the whole of hp series have been overwhelmingly perfect, and personally I enjoyed the sixth-this one- most, because of its richness of all kinds of emotions. And Stephen Fry can portray the movie-version of Hagrid better than anyone I've ever seen! Five stars from me, best audiobook ever.

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  • Tacianna Ferraz
  • 02-03-2020

It isn't enoguh

I'm only sad because the series is getting to an end. We all know the books are very well written, but Stephen Fry's perfomance is amazinggggg

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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 25-02-2020

Amazing

Once again, books demonstrate that they are better than movies. The Half-Blood prince was unbelievably good. I spent many mornings listening to it before going to work. It was incredible!

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  • Rodrigo
  • 23-08-2017

No puedo parar de escucharlo

Está increíblemente bien redactado, cualquier persona que hace adicta a los audiolibros con las novelas de Harry Potter

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2023

I could not stop listening!

With the emotions in the book and Stephen Fry's superb narration I could not stop listening to it!

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  • Anne Siete
  • 16-11-2023

Excellent, beautiful!

My favorite of the series, made more beautiful by Stephen Fry. His narration from The Cave to The Lighting-Struck Tower to The White Tomb is just perfect. Left me crying by the end.

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  • Sunhee Choi
  • 13-11-2023

seriously looking for other audiobooks like this

I'm Korean in 50s. I hardly use English in my life but read the whole Harry Potter books 17 years ago in English, enjoyed every movie and still watch them from time to time. Yet, this Harry Potter audiobooks still give me smile and I'm listening the entire series 5th time. I didn't know who Steven Fry was before this. Now I tell my children about his narration so often I suspect they are fed up with me. Steven Fry and J. K. Rowling is the best combination ever.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-11-2023

Incredible

A amazing story about a book that was once the half blood prince
Just incredible

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tasha Ní Mhiacháin
  • 20-08-2020

4 ☆

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George," said Ginny thoughtfully, "is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.”

The lack of Fred and George in this book was awful. I missed them so much, but it was nice getting to see a little more of Ginny in this one.

My favourite scenes in this book were definitely the Tom Riddle moments. I absolutely loved getting that insight into his early years, I just wish we got more.

It was also nice having a little extra time with Dumbledore in this one. My heart is heavy right now because of how it ended, I might take a break before listening to the next one. I haven’t decided yet. I’m not ready for all the pain.

My favourite character in this was definitely Horace Slughorn. I hate the changes made to his personality in the movies. In the books he shines as a true Slytherin, and I love his character.

I loved the scene at the start with the other Minister.

I didn’t like how sulky Harry got when Snape gave him detention for what he done to Malfoy. Or the lack of faith that his friends had in him for what he was saying in regards to Malfoy.

I didn’t particularly enjoy all the ‘love’ drama in this. It dragged on for too long.

Ohhh, I loved when Fleur told Mrs. Weasley off for saying her wedding wouldn’t be going ahead. I thought they treated her rather terribly up until that point.

So much happened in this one. I could prattle on all day but I’m going to leave it there.

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5☆

Stephen's voices were a lot more distinctive throughout this one. I particularly enjoyed his Tom voices that changed as he got older.

“Time is making fools of us again.”

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  • myjudybird
  • 25-06-2020

Brilliant

Stephen Fry what a brilliant narrator he has transported me to Hogwarts and feel invested with the characters .

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  • Chad
  • 11-06-2020

GOAT PART 6

Right then you want a fifteen word review then do you?

Once upon a time

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  • Becky Sayle
  • 09-03-2021

And now it begins

Rip Dumbledore.

The calm before the storm, and now the chosen one will face the final battle.

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  • Catriona
  • 05-07-2020

Omg it’s amazing

It’s really calming and it’s just amazing I have nothing bad to say a bout it amazing story as well thank you sooo much 😘

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-2020

Best book of the series

Stephen Fry is fantastic! I think this is the best book in the series. It’s Harry Potter! Love it or hate it...

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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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