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I have to admit I always wondered what the big deal was about this series; although I saw some of the movies years ago and enjoyed them, I never read the books. When they became available on Kindle/Audible however I ordered the first book for my 8 y.o. daughter thinking she’d like to listen to it. Then I thought I’d try it out and see if I liked it myself; I was a little hesitant having already seen the movie and worried that listening to the book might be repetitive. But, I learned quickly that I was SO WRONG. There is SO much more detail, storyline, insight and humor, amongst many other things, woven into the pages that of course you don’t see on a DVD. I ended up listening to all 7 of the audiobooks in just under 2 months, and I finished Deathly Hallows about 4 days ago and I feel SO EMPTY! Lol! There is nothing else that will measure up/compare to this series or its writer. I am going to start on JK Rowling’s ‘adult’ books next I think, but I have half a mind to re-listen to my favorite Harry Potter books first, even this soon after finishing them, which I’ve NEVER done. I love the characters, the effortless way the story builds throughout all 7 books and I love the fact that something that might have happened in book 2 or 3 might be referenced in later books. I also loved the “real” way that certain things that weren’t obvious in the beginning of the series (i.e. whom Harry ends up with) develop in a way that feels completely natural and of course like that was meant to happen all along. Nothing in any of the HP books feels forced or conveniently created to serve a plotline that otherwise might be struggling. Despite its theme of witchcraft and wizardry Harry Potter seems very human and even relatable at times, thanks to the genius woman who created him, especially when it comes to his relationship with his closest friends. I think that’s why it’s so hard to leave them behind.
Oh and yes, I agree with many other reviewers that Jim Dale was the one and only narrator who could've brought this story to life in the amazing way that he did. So many characters, so many distinct voices, and he nailed them all in a way that I found myself comparing HIS version to the movie versions and, in many cases, finding I preferred Jim's.
I will miss Harry, Hermione, Ron, Sirius, Dumbledore, Hagrid, Snape, all the characters who made these books what they were, but I might have to revisit them soon because I’m not sure I’ll be able to handle this impending post-HP depression hahaha. Wish me luck...
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Not only would I, I've already given away dozens of copies as gifts to friends and family. This is the only literary series ever written that keeps the quality of the writing high and getting better in each volume, right up to the very last word, while not forgetting or dropping or bungling a single minor character or secondary plot line.This is the book that grabs the reader by the heart and twists, as young people are forced to strike out on their own to save the world from unspeakable evil. More than once, all appears lost, and Harry and the reader think things can't possibly get any worse....until help arrives at the last second, from the most unlikely of sources!!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7?
The Battle of Hogwarts; Ginny's kiss; Harry's parents' reappearance; Harry's ultimate sacrifice; the shocking revelations about Severus Snape that turn everything Harry and the reader thought they knew about him upside down; the riveting scene in which all seems lost until so many unlikely combatants (including centaurs, house-elves, hippogriffs, and giants (including Hagrid's brother) join the fray....and of course the brilliant series epilogue, Nineteen Years Later, which all by itself is easily worth the cost of the book.
Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is Mr. Dale's magnum opus, in which he is able to brilliantly portray not just characters of all ages and both genders, but characters of all sorts who are not even human! He deserves worldwide acclaim for unparalleled narration of this or any series. This is a breathtaking achievement.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Absolutely, and I almost did, taking time off of school and work to listen, and stopping literally only to sleep!!This is the best novel you'll read this year; despite the fact that it is the series finale, it also easily stands alone and is a fully adult novel.
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