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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Series: Wizarding World, Book 6, Harry Potter, Book 6
Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
5 out of 5 stars (3,073 ratings)

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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.... 

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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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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awesome

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

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JK Rowling Excellence, But Comparatively Mediocre

Stephen Fry brings a fresh tone to the story of the boy who lived. The Half Blood Prince is an important instalment in the life of Harry Potter, but it fails to bring the same level of excitement that its predecessors accomplish so well.

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THIS IS AMAZINGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!

BUY THIS BOOK YOU WONT REGRET IT! This amazing i have listened to all of the books and this is by far THE BEST!

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Best Book Series Ever!<br />

I loved every little bit pf the story. its amazing how Stephen Fry can bring all the characters to life.

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amazing

Steven Fry read it so well. Such a good book. Loved listeng to it. Would reccomend

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AMAZING BOOK

Stephen Fry you have done it again. amazing book with twists and turns. I love all Harry Potter books but this one has to be my favourite

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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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  • Sadiyah Patel
  • 25-06-2020

Excellent as always!

Cannot get enough of the Harry Potter series! Story and performance are both superb!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2020

Great listen

A great story told by a great narrator.
Stephen Fry is a treasure, not only to the UK but to the world

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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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  • Matthew
  • 04-11-2019

Harry Potter

It’s a really good book and I suggest you tie read this magical page turner

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  • Shaul Meridor
  • 31-10-2019

Stephen Fry has done it again

Every single audio I book I finish, I truly believe that that’s it. He has reached the limit. He read a book in the the best ways possible, but here I am again, speechless for another truly amazing, even record breaking audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-2019

Excellent!

Everything was almost perfect, though Stephen Fry's singing fell short of my expectation, knowing that Jim Dale had done a wonderful job at it. All in all, great book and performance!

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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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  • Mia
  • 23-02-2019

couldn't put is down

got to be one of my favourite books economic
very cheaper got better than the last.

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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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  • Ali Elmes
  • 16-06-2020

Brilliant!

Having now listened to all of the Harry Potter books read by Stephen Fry, I have reached some awareness of just how much of a performance this is. Fry is just brilliant - surely an Oscar-worthy 'reading'! How does he get all the voices right and so consistent throughout the series? I can identify which character is speaking every time, which is just amazing. At one climatic point, I had to cheer and clasp out loud, to the amusement of those around me! Exhausting by the end but SO enjoyable. Next!

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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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  • 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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  • Sarah C.
  • 26-04-2020

Harry potter

It was amazing! And me and my brother loved it! Thank you! We love Harry Potter!

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  • MR M D DIMOND
  • 29-04-2019

Another winner

Again another hit Harry Potter story. Lots of action and excitement and sorrow in this penultimate Harry Potter saga, as we hear of Harry’s fight to survive rolling to its close, with all the problems teenagers face of love,loyalty and self doubt. Altogether, a jolly good listening experience from start to finish.

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