Narrator: Stephen Fry
Length: 8 hours 30 minutes
Release Date: March 29th, 2012
Series: Harry Potter
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!
I’m finally in the know
Harry Potter is one of those book series that it seems like everyone has read. Everyone but me that is. I haven’t even seen all the movies. The intense love shown for this series by the massive fandom is so interesting and I wanted to know why these books have such a following. Plus it’s fun finally having context for all those quotes and edits I see on the internet and I can be in on the jokes now!
Stephen Fry is a great narrator
Who doesn’t love having a british voice read them a story? I haven’t listened to many audiobooks but I must say Stephen Fry did a great job. His reading kept me plenty entertained and was nice and expressive. Plus his character voices were fairly unique and easy to understand. My favourite voice was Hagrid. One unexpectedly hilarious thing was listening to the fast talking characters at 1.5x speed. It was suddenly Alvin and the Chipmunks speaking hahaha
The story was charming
The one thought I had repeatedly listening to Harry Potter was “this is so charming” because it was. It’s a nice little story with a fun little world and easy to follow plot. A good world was essential otherwise this could have been a boring book. I’m looking forward to seeing how the world and plots develop as the story grows with the characters.
I never got annoyed with the characters
Something I’m always worried about when I go into MG novels is that the main characters are going to annoy me. They’re children and children can be really annoying and make stupid decisions (which is part of being a child, but there are some days when it just gets on your nerves, you know?). The kids in Harry Potter are 11 which is not an age I’ve read about since before I started high school. Lucky for me these kids are smart and yes, while they can be silly and rash sometimes, they were also good kids who made me laugh at things every now and then.
It is very much a set up novel
Like I said when talking about how charming the story was, not a lot of plot things or action scenes happen in this novel. THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE sets up the world and the characters really well and gives us just a little hint of the big bad villain. I cannot wait to continue the series as the plot becomes more details and darker.
I may be super late to the Harry Potter train, but hey at least I’m starting to run after it now. This first novel was so charming and fun, I can’t wait to follow the characters and plot grow into the darker, more intense moments of the later books. Chances are I’m going to continue to enjoy this series and I’m so glad I finally decided to read them.