Top 4 Reasons To Audio Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone

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?

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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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  1. JIM DALE IS SO AWESOME. Do you watch Pushing Daisies? He narrated that too and it is fabulous.

  2. Listening to the audiobooks of Harry Potter is something I’ve always wanted to do but haven’t gotten around to yet. I’ve heard amazing things about both Jim Dale’s (US) narration and Stephen Fry’s (UK) narration.

  3. Love listening to the Harry Potter books on audio. I have all of them except the first two.

  4. I completely agree with you! I listen to the HP books at work and it definitely makes the time go by faster. I freaking love Jim Dale and I think he does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. But I do agree his Hermione is annoying lol.

  5. OMG!!! I love Harry Potter.

  6. I love the Harry Potter series. I have read it numberous times and probably will read it many many more in my lifetime. I’ve been contemplating listening to the audio versions, but haven’t gotten myself to do it yet. Maybe after I see the conclusion on film. 🙂 Can’t wait for your post tomorrow.

  7. great list, you’ve definitely got me wanting to listen to the books! Even though normally I don’t like audiobooks at all.

  8. Agree! I listen to the entire series once a year since Deathly Hallows came out. I can listen to it on the commute which is a lot easier than reading the actual books. Agree that Dale’s voices are perfect and they are all so different from each other, it’s not as if he’s just making his voice lower and higher. And everytime I get to the climatic scenes in DH, hearing him makes me cry every single time.

  9. I LOVE Jim Dale. I totally credit JD and JK (Rowling) with reigniting my passion for reading.

  10. I love audiobooks and I have the 7th HP book on CD. I have not started it yet, but plan to listen to it soon to be prepared for the movie (not that it will match perfectly, but it never hurts to have a refresher!). I am excited to listen to it and can’t wait to catch all the little things I missed before!

  11. I’ve thought about listening to the audio — would be great when I’m out walking — but I’ve never gotten around to it. Now I think I will! Thanks for the nudge. 😉

  12. I think I will give audiobooks a try. I read my first e-book, just so happened to be fanfiction “James Potter” first in the series. Cheers for this encouragement. Might request HP1 from the library & see how I get on.
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  13. Great idea! I’ve been getting sick of the radio and looking for something Hatty Potter themed to fill the void.
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