Friday, October 4, 2013

Audiobook Review: Harry Potter And the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling

I was in college when I first picked up the Harry Potter series and read through the sixth book one summer while working the front desk at a crazy boring job.  The seventh book hadn't been released yet, and by the time it came out, I had moved on to other things.  Somehow I was just never motivated to finish them and got the idea in my mind that it was because they just weren't that great.

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.

Entertainment Value
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.


  1. That's great praise for narrator Jim Dale. :)

  2. JULIE! I'm so glad you decided to pick HP up again =) I'm interested in this Jim Dale narrator- I've actually been working on a post about audiobook narrators- and I think I'll check him out when my next Audible credit comes! xoxo- Andrea

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