‘His hand closed automatically around the fake Horcrux, but in spite of everything, in spite of the dark and twisting path he saw stretching ahead for himself, in spite of the final meeting with Voldemort he knew must come, whether in a month, in a year, or in ten, he felt his heart lift at the thought that there was still one last golden day of peace left to enjoy with Ron and Hermione.’ With these words “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” draws to a close. And here, in this seventh and final book, Harry discovers what fate truly has in store for him as he inexorably makes his way to that final meeting with Voldemort. In this thrilling climax to the phenomenally bestselling series, J.K. Rowling will reveal all to her eagerly waiting readers.
Well, it’s almost a year since the final Harry Potter was released, but I’ve recently had the pleasure of listening to the audio book narrated by the fantastic, Stephen Fry.
I love listening to audio books after having already read the books, hearing the characters you know and love come alive is an absolute joy. Not only that, but despite having already read the book a couple of times, just listening to Fry’s narration, you pick up on so much you missed. The way the certain words and sections are stressed or “voiced” differently to how you read them, really brings things into a new light.
And I can’t think of a time Fry, did not get this exactly right, he’s got the perfect voice for audio books, keeping you constantly interested and entertained, and wanting to listen to “just another 5 minutes”, this combined with, in my opinion, one of the better Potter books, makes this a must listen.
His reading of the final few chapters (“The Battle of Hogwarts”) is just perfectly engrossing.