Narrator: Stephen Fry
Length: 10 hours 8 minutes
Release Date: November 20th, 2015
Series: Harry Potter #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade
Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start.
After years of being behind the times, I’m finally making an effort to read all the Harry Potter books for the first time. My experience with THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE was pleasant. THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS was also charming, but I don’t think I’ve connected with the book as well as I did the first book which is making this review frustratingly difficult to write.
My lack of connection with the story may not necessarily be because the novel was mediocre. Like I said I enjoyed it. I’m 90% certain the main reason I had issues was because I mostly listened while driving and before falling asleep at night. My car is surprisingly noisy and falling asleep while listening meant I missed things. Missing elements of a plot is never helpful.
Lack of connection is the only complaint I’ve had. The direction the series is starting to take is really intriguing. The characters are starting to get more morally ambiguous and complicated. The writing itself is charming and easy to follow.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS was a nice read, but I wasn’t in love with it. I imagine this feeling is mostly due to my connection issues. The story, writing, and narration continue to be incredibly enjoyable but I still wish things were a little darker. I look forward to starting THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN as soon as possible.