Instead of posting my usual review, I thought I would instead post a list, as I love list making to the point of it being scary. I am sure the vast majority of those reading this post have read Harry Potter. You already know the plot. You already know how it all ends. So why on earth would you audio Harry Potter?
1. The radio. If your town is anything like mine, the stations all play crappy music with about 10 minutes of commercials between each song. Just pop Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s on your ipod or in your cd player, and you won’t feel the urge to fiddle with the station every two minutes.
2. Jim Dale. Jim Dale is the narrator of the Harry Potter series audio books. He has a unique voice for every character. Although the voice may not quite be the same as what you hear in your head, for me his voice seamlessly transitioned me into the story. I will admit his Hermoine annoys me, but besides that he does a great Hagrid, Snape, Dumbledore, McGonagal, etc.
3. You pick up on things you may have missed before. I have read the series probably 3 times. However, each time I read these books, I get something new out of them. In audio-ing Harry Potter, I am coming to see just how funny the series is. Oh, man like this gem from Draco Malfoy, ‘Longbottom, if brains were gold, you’d be poorer than Weasley, and that’s saying something.’ In the audio, the delivery is spot on, and I just HAD to go on to butcher the joke to my boyfriend.
4. A Whole New Harry Potter Experience. For those of us who can’t quite afford to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter just yet, this is a brand new way to experience Hogwarts and the magic. On audioing, HPatSS, it felt like I was learning about muggles and wizards for the very first time. I will say it is a different experience from watching the movies and reading the books. It is an experience that I have enjoyed very much and continue to enjoy.
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