Friday, October 4, 2013
I'd been thinking of a reread for a while and decided to give it a shot when my friend Andrea at We Still Read decided to read them for the first time. My first experience with Jim Dale as an audiobook narrator was for The Emerald Atlas, and I loved his voice, so I decided I'd do audio this time.
I'm going to be honest, even though I'm sure Rowling fans will lose their minds when I say this: I didn't even notice the writing. I was so very into the story and the characters and what would happen next that I noticed absolutely nothing about the writing style. Which is exactly what I wanted from the series and I don't think says anything bad about Rowling. It's a plot-driven book. The world building is amazing. And that's about all I can think of to say as far as quality of writing goes.
Now THIS is where I get to start raving. Head over heels. I couldn't get enough. I vaguely remembered the plot, but not enough to keep me from wondering what would happen next. And I absolutely fell in love with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hargrid, Dumbledore, Neville, etc, etc, etc. I'm definitely hooked on the series again and will be finishing up as fast as I can get the audiobooks from the library. I think it definitely says something that there are STILL hold lines for the entire series. Also, I found myself inventing housework in order to keep listening. That's how much I was loving it.
Jim Dale. The absolute best ever. Nothing else can be said, but that he's amazing and I would listen to him read a grocery list.
Posted by Julie G at 12:20 PM