What's wonderful about the Harry Potter stories is the believability of the world Harry and company inhabit, imagined by J.K. Rowling and fully realized through Jim Dale's portrayal. At first, we were as awed as Harry to learn about the wonders of the magical world; now we're as comfortable with what has become familiar. Dale fosters this expectation, bringing his symphony of voices back to each book even as he's adding more. There's an epic game of Quidditch, brought brilliantly into play as Dale narrates spectators and announcer alike, but overall, this is a darker adventure. As the Tri-Wizard Tournament unfolds, innocence gives way to knowledge and experience, trust is betrayed, and there's as much horror as hilarity. (Some gruesome events near the conclusion might be frightening for younger listeners.) Harry's growing up, and, with this installment, he's firmly on course to his destiny. J.M.D. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award, 2001 Grammy Award Winner for Best Spoken Word Album for Children © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/NOV 00]
Trade Ed. Listening Library 2000
CS ISBN 0807282588 $39.95 Twelve cassettes
CD ISBN 0807282596 $69.95 Seventeen CDs
Library Ed. Listening Library 2000
CS ISBN 0-8072-8793-8 $55.00 Twelve cassettes
CD ISBN 0-8072-8603-6 $85.00 Seventeen CDs
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