Children’s Corner: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (audio review)

Posted May 23, 2019 by Lillian in Children's Corner, Reviews / 2 Comments

Children’s Corner: Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (audio review)Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Narrator: Jim Dale
Series: Harry Potter #1
Published by Pottermore on 2015-11-20
Length: 8hrs and 33mins
Reviewing Audiobook from Audible
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Reading Challenges: 2019 Audiobook Challenge

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!

I honestly have no clue how to write this review. Seriously, how do you review a book that nearly everyone has read and loved?! This isn’t even my first or second time reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. It’s more like my tenth or twelvth time….gah! Who am I kidding?! I’ve read it countless times. However this is my first time listening to the books, and the first time my son has listened to an audio as well. AND he picked this out. Made this mama’s heart happy 😁

The Harry Potter series is iconic in its own right. I personally love the new illustrated editions, as does my son. It really shouldn’t have been a surprise to me when he asked to listen to the books when we were going on a long car ride. Luckily for me, I could put it up on double speed and we finished the book during our round trip.

Y’all Jim Dale reminded me of all the reasons I fell in love with this series! He is fantastic. If you’ve never listened to one of his audio narrations, I highly recommend you do so asap. With just a slight change in inflection or tone, Dale creates an entirely new character in the narrative. I loved his McGonagall and Dumbledore. Perfection!!!

Rereading this or I guess listening to this book with my son was special. I enjoyed seeing his reactions to the Dursleys (“They’re soooo mean mama”), Hagrid’s arrival (“Why is he so hairy?”), and Professor Quirrell (“What was under his hat?!”). It made the experience quite enjoyable as I got to see my favorite scenes through my son’s eyes.

Overall, I’m biased. I’ve always loved the Harry Potter series and Jim Dale made it all the more enjoyable. If you’ve been living under a rock and have never read the series, I highly recommend it for anyone that is a fan of fantasy and magic, good vs. evil, and middle grade stories. If you are a lifelong fan like me, grab a copy of the audio for your next road trip. You won’t regret it!

About J.K. Rowling

J K (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in the summer of 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, and where her course included one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London to work at Amnesty International, doing research into human rights abuses in Francophone Africa. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a Manchester to London King's Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to her daughter Jessica in 1993. When her marriage ended, she returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where "Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone" was eventually completed and in 1996 she received an offer of publication. The following summer the world was introduced to Harry Potter."Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was published by Bloomsbury Children's Books in June 1997 and was published as "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in America by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic in September 1998.The second title in the series, "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets", was published in July 1998 (June 2, 1999 in America) and was No. 1 in the adult hardback bestseller charts for a month after publication. "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was published on 8th July 1999 (September 8, 1999 in America) to worldwide acclaim and massive press attention. The book spent four weeks at No.1 in the adult hardback bestseller charts, while "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" simultaneously topped the paperback charts. In the US the first three Harry Potter books occupied the top three spots on numerous adult bestseller lists.The fourth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was published in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia 8th July 2000 with a record first print run of 1 million copies for the UK and 3.8 million for the US. It quickly broke all records for the greatest number of books sold on the first weekend of publication. The fifth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was published in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia on 21st June 2003. Published in paperback on 10th July 2004, it is the longest in the series - 766 pages - and broke the records set by "Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire" as the fastest selling book in history. The sixth book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", was published in the UK, US and other English-speaking countries on 16th July 2005 and also achieved record sales.The seventh and final book in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was published in the UK, US and other English speaking countries on 21st July 2007. The book is the fastest selling book in the UK and USA and sales have contributed to breaking the 375 million copies mark worldwide.J K Rowling has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry's school books within the novels. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "Quidditch Through The Ages" were published by Bloomsbury Children's Books and Scholastic in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. The Harry Potter books have sold 400 million copies worldwide. They are distributed in over 200 territories and are translated into 67 languages.

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