Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first novel of the famous Harry Potter series, became wildly popular, I wondered what all the fuss was about.  Not usually one to hop on the popular bandwagon, I was skeptical at first, but J. K. Rowling grabbed me from the first paragraph.  I avidly followed the fortunes of “The Boy Who Lived” as the series stretched into seven novels.  My daughter and I were so thrilled when each new book came out that we had to get two copies, one for each of us; otherwise, we would sneak into the other’s room in the middle of the night and steal it off the bedside table!

Fortunately for us, as the series came to its breathtaking conclusion, we discovered the audio version narrated by Jim Dale.  Now we could not only enjoy rereading the Harry Potter books, but also hear them read aloud to us on audio.  These fast-paced novels—full of brilliantly envisioned characters, and packed with suspense, pathos, and humor—are a treat to listen to, especially as narrated by Jim Dale.  He has a perfect voice and delivery for this story.  His smooth British accent is clear and easy to understand, with just enough of a clipped, wry expressiveness to it so that you appreciate Rowling’s humor.  These days, whenever I reread a Harry Potter book I hear Jim Dale in my head, because he has done such a good job portraying the characters exactly the way they are described in the books.

My ten-year-old son has become as big a fan as the rest of us, so he and I listen to Harry Potter books while we do chores around the house.  Our family loves to listen to the series while we are stuck in the car on long trips.  How many times have we listened to the whole series?  I’ve lost count.  The satisfying complexity of the story means that we are always figuring out new connections and discussing new insights.

You can get all seven of the Harry Potter books, narrated by Jim Dale, as audio books and also as downloadable audio, so you can listen to it on your home computer or portable device.  When you check out Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, be sure you put the rest of the series on hold.  You’ll definitely want to hear them all!

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