Narrator: Jim Dale
Series: Harry Potter #1
Published by Pottermore on 2015-11-20
Length: 8hrs and 33mins
Reviewing Audiobook from Audible
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!