Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1 : Harry Potter

  • by J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by Jim Dale
  • Series: Harry Potter
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!


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"To call Dale a 'reader' of books is like saying Monet was a Sunday painter." (Los Angeles Times)


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A book that gets kids and parents to read has to be admired. In my life time, I have never seen a book or series of books cause so much excitement. That alone is worth Hooting about. I think the book works mostly because of Rowling's imagination. Flying keys, dock 9 and three quarters, talking hats, unicorns, Fluffy, the school itself, moving and talking chess pieces, moving pictures, and on and on. The characters are also lovable. Who-who could not love Harry. Harry is a modern day Cinderella, who becomes a humble Superman. The story has lots of action. It is just a fun read.

I liked the book on a personal level, but I did not love it. As an eight or ten year old, I am sure I would have loved it. As an adult I see things, I would not have as a child. This is where my honesty gets me into trouble, but I had some issues. Two or three times someone is called fat and than the good guys, call them pigs and that is suppose to be funny. It is not just the mean kid, but also a picture of a fat woman. Harry should be punished for flying on a broom when he was told he would be expelled if he did, but because he is so good, he gets special treatment. Kind of like giving the football star, a pass on his behavior in school because he is important to the team. This is also another book, where the main character is great because of his birth right. He does not work hard to achieve these powers. Matter of fact the character who works the hardest is put down and has no friends. I know later in the series she takes a more important role, but if all you read is this one book, what message does this send to kids? One more small thing, I can't believe a kid from a large family, does not know how to make his own sandwich.

This mixture of Cinderella, Star Wars and Superman is an entertaining read. There are no dull spots. Rowling fills the book with her imagination, which is broad. It is a must read for people of all ages.
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- Jim "The Impatient"


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Have you listened to any of Jim Dale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent. If you like this, I recommend his reading of the Books of Beginning Series. This first is the Emerald Atlas. I will say that on the first listen I did not like the portrayal of Hermione. She seemed a little whiny. But I persevered, and now that I am used to it, I am glad I stuck it out.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to these over and over, checking them out from my local library. I have an hour commute each way to and from work, and I have listened to these so many times. I also listen to them at night as I fall alseep to Jim Dale's calm voice. I always wanted to own them, but I just could not afford the price on Pottermore. I don't know what prompted the shift, but I am eternally grateful. This has made my day, my week, my month, and quite possibly my whole year.

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- Songbird121

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-20-2015
  • Publisher: Pottermore from J.K. Rowling