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Harry Potter has spent the first 10 years of his life at the mercy of the dreadful Dursleys--the aunt, uncle and fat, spoilt brat of a cousin who reluctantly gave him a home after the death of his mother and father. But on his 11th birthday Harry discovers that he is no ordinary boy, and despite the best efforts of his hideous relatives he escapes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his new life as a trainee wizard. And the rest, as they say, is history...
As Harry battles against the evils thrown in his path, Stephen Fry injects the proceedings with a wry, dry and extremely contagious humour that perfectly suits the tale, wringing out the best in Harry and his cohorts as they get to grips with their new lives at the sharp end of Hogwarts. Fry's innate upper-class drone is perfectly suited to the telling of this most magical tale, cracking into the high-pitched squawking of Hermione the swat, or the gentle tones of the firm but fair Dumbledore, or the evil sniping of slimey Snape at precisely the right moments.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fine story and much has been written about its success but until you have heard Fry's cracking reading of this most magical of stories then you simply haven't lived. As with any audio book, this one is perfect for car journeys and an ideal way of introducing reluctant readers to the magic that is Harry Potter. (Ages 9 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
I was excited to begin every new chapter. I'm not usually one to read big books either. Couldn't stop reading!Published 4 days ago by Curtis Nooyen
I downloaded this book and the series for my Summer Holiday's reading material. The Philosopher's Stone takes off from its first line, that you're capitulated until the last word... Read morePublished 13 days ago by K. de Balinhard
Pleasantly surprised with this book and impressed by the dusk jacket of all things. The kid is already steaming through it.Published 6 months ago by Neo Mudaly
I never read the series when it was all the rage, but decided to give them a go now.
I enjoyed it. A fun read. Original, and well created characters. Read more
Arrived a day late and shipped from the UK instead of Canada as it implied. But the book is in good quality, and it was only one day late.Published 9 months ago by Annie
Now i have read this series over six times. I read on a daily basis for hours on end; and let me say that these are by far and wide the best books i have ever read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Leanne Collins