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The second book in the series of seven, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an amazing book. Harry goes through challenges and danger, as well as the usual schoolwork and lessons.
Stephen Fry reads the book in a way that really makes the story come alive. His voice makes it clear when Harry is safe, and when he is in danger. Mr Fry was the perfect choice for the reading, he tells the story in the way it was meant to be told.
I recommend this audiobook to anyone who wants to read the Harry Potter books, yet cannot for whatever reason- I listen to this audiobook in work, and it really helps me to notice things that I may not have noticed during reading. I also think this audiobook is excellent for reading along, especially with young children who may not be able to read the books on their own, especially with discussions afterwards.
This audiobook is read beautifully and is well worth a listen.
This is tricky - as a lot of the information I have given in my review of the first audio book in the series (Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone) remains the same for this installment. The only real difference is the storyline, which I'm sure has been reviewed in great detail in the 'books' section, so I don't want to do that again here. Instead I will describe why I liked this audio book so much.
This particular installment of the Harry Potter series of books features one of my favourite characters - a certain Gilderoy Lockhart - a bumbling professor who thinks an awful, awful lot of himself. Again (as with the first installment), the narrator, Stephen Fry pulls this 'difficult' character off with aplom. You get arrogance, you get smarminess, you get the impression that this guy really thinks he is the star of the show, but it's like Stephen Fry has literally donned his wizards hat and stolen his wand. He's not over the top so you get turned off, and not dumbed down leading to the same result. If I didn't know any better (and had no grasp of reality) I'd think Mr Fry was into making pollyjuice potion to become these characters, he is so good!
He also finds himself having to impersonate talking 'snake' (or parceltongue) as the book goes on. Once more he makes this seem easy, but how he kept it going I really can't say. He must've gone through a lot of bottled water! His 'Moaning Murtle' voice is just brilliant.
This book is a little bit darker and a but 'spookier' than the first and there is a lot more descriptive detail in it. For instance the actual chamber of secrets is described brilliantly and you almost get the impression that you are actually there. Stehpen Fry has a voice that almost 'invites you in'.
You get the sense that he really enjoyed reading this book and (although I'm sure he was paid well) wasn't in it for the money alone. I don't know how many studio sessions it took, but it was worth every hour as the result is just brilliant.
As with the first audio book I would recommend that this is listened to on long (or short) journeys in the car or last thing at night through headphones as it is just so relaxing. In fact, I probably shouldn't recommend it be listened to last thing at night as before you know it you will be through three or four chapters and the clock will have ticked past midnight. Not good if you have to be up for work the next morning!
Having said all of that, the price may be a little off putting - especially if you already own the books. I am in the process of listening to them all again, having gone through the whole series at least three times before. It's almost addictive, so I would definately say it is worth shelling out for. Plus you can get on with your day and still enjoy the world of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an English novel by JK Rowling released in 1998 by Bloomsbury. It is the sequel to the widely acclaimed Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
It features the protagonist from the first novel, Harry Potter, a wizard now starting his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry and his friends Hermione and Ron begin to get back into the routine of magic lessons and Quidditch practise, when strange things begin to happen. Students are being found petrified in the corridors of Hogwarts, and messages are being scrawled on the walls proclaiming that the "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened. Harry and his loyal friends must solve the mystery of the Chamber of Secrets and face what lies within if they are to stop the evil that has taken over Hogwarts.
This book is much darker than the first and certainly scarier than the first, particularly the scene with the giant spiders. It does also contain a great deal of humour, particularly in the form of Gilderoy Lockhart, the bumbling new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher. The narration by Stephen Fry -who narrates all the books in the series - is as usual, excellent. He narrates with great passion and enthusiasm, and manages to get into the roles of every character and switch between them with amazing ability. He manages to convey suspense and humour equally well, and his voice which is deep and commanding yet at the time time very calm draws you into the story and does not let you go.
An amazing book, transferred brilliantly to CD.
Having purchased the first audio book in the series last year for my mum, and having not been able to resist listening to it myself, it was only a matter of time before I got around to getting the rest of the audio books in the series . I've loved each and every one of them, and the release of the latest Potter film, which I've yet to see, has had me digging them all out and listening anew .
Most of you know who Harry Potter is - for those who don't, he's an orphan whose parents died (so he's told) in a car accident . He lives with his aunt, uncle, and bullying cousin, in Privet Drive . When he was 11, he made the magical discovery that he was a wizard - and, attending Hogwarts School, made firm friends with other wizards - as well as one or two dangerous enemies, one of whom, Voldemort, he defeated at the end of the last set of Audio Cd's .
In this second installment, Harry, now 12, is back at home with the muggles, and not having a very good time at all - he's miserable, and not one of his friends has bothered to write to him. To top it off, his uncle is having important guests for dinner, and is expecting Harry to stay quietly in his room, pretending to not exist. It promises to be a very dull night - until a strange little creature, introducing himself as Dobby turns up, begging Harry not to return to the school . Advice that Harry promptly ignores .
Returning to school, everything seems normal - until a message, written in blood, appears on the walls, warning that the chamber of secrets has been opened - but just what is the chamber of secrets, and what dangers lurk within ?
Stephen Fry is a natural born storyteller - he has just the right kind of soothing, calming voice, a voice that makes you want to relax and take note . By careful use of well times pauses, and sibilant 's' sounds, he manages to convey tension, fear, and danger in exactly the right places. And the way he pronounces the name Severus Snape as Ssssseverus, you know that, from Harrys point of view at least, he's a bad guy to watch out for.
He changes voice for each character too - something that, prior to listening to the first set of audio CDs, gave me some worry. Would we have pre-pubescent teenage boys sounding suspiciously low voiced, and girls sounding just a touch masculine, and everyone sounding incredibly well spoken, this really wasn't an issue too much.
Nope, we had varying accents for characters, and whilst, yes, Hermione is sounding a little masculine, you soon get used to the way he reads each character, and just find yourself totally absorbed in the story .
And of course, the most important part of this is the story itself, which is , in my opinion, better than the first in the series, largely because not as much time is spent on character building, as we already know all the main characters. Naturally, there are one or two new characters - a new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher, and a couple of new students for instance. One of the things about Rowlings work I have always loved is the way details that seem hugely insignificant in the early stages of the book suddenly take on a role of major importance at the end . It is this knack of making every little incident mean something in the greater scheme of things that makes her books so very enjoyable.
This 8 cd set, providing many hours of listening, cost me £17.95 on Amazon . This I feel is very reasonable, especially as I listened to one cd a night before bed, giving me over a weeks worth of listening pleasure. It did help relax me and make me feel ready for sleep, but didn't actually lull me into sleep as some other audio books have done!
I imagine this would also be useful for long journeys to keep children (and adults) entertained, and of course for people who have trouble reading .
I think this is brilliant, and good value. I couldn't think of anyone better to read these for audio books than Stephen Fry, and he really does bring the story to life.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was and is the second book in the seven book Harry Potter book series written by JK Rowling, the books of course plot the course of Harry Potter through his years at Hogwarts School of Witches and wizards and his battles with Voldemort.
This is the second book so the characters don't have to be introduced and the story can continue from the end of The Philosophers Stone, the end of the previous story introduced the concept of Voldemort actively looking to recover his abilities and willing to do anything to achieve that. The Chamber of Secrets introduces two new characters, one is Professor Lockhart, a kind of celebrity wizard who with his polished manners writes about his journeys through the wizard world. The other is Ginny Weasly, Ron's younger sister whose going to Hogwarts for the first time.
The book features now iconic moments like the flying Ford Anglia, the introduction of Moaning Myrtle and the brilliant foppish behaviour of Professor Lockhart but that's the book what about the audiobook?
This audiobook is by English actor Stephen Fry, Stephen Fry is considered by some to be a national treasure with his wit and banter. His voice has a lovely timber and has an ability to slip into any accent and maintains his roles throughout the book. His skills in accents mean that each character is given persona and character ranging from Hagrid's bluff roughness to Lockhart's smooth persona and Finch's creepy oiliness. Fry leads us through the novel, his pronounciation of each words means that the story flows along at a decent rate and doesn't feel slow and dull as audiobooks sometimes feel.
The book translates into 10 CD's and is about 8-9 hours long, it's perfect for long car journeys or long boring flights if downloaded. Fry gives us a new sensation on the book written by JK and giving characters the same voice through out the novel adds tremendously to the enjoyment. His Snape is one of the great parts of his audio version, it's oily, smooth and a bit sinister and a competitor for Alan Rickman's version in the films.
This is a lovely listening experience and any Potter fan should listen to the books at least once.
**What Is It?**
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the 2nd book in the Harry Potter series. I own all the series now on audio CD and have been able to get almost another perspective of the series in general, just by listening to it, instead of reading it. This is one of the shorter books at 251 pages (compared to over 650 in the later books!) This book comes in many formats; paperback, hardback, braille, larger print, in many different language and audio. This review is on the audio CD Children's version on the book, for the Chamber of Secrets.
**Why Buy It?**
I am a HUGE HARRY POTTER FAN. So if you are like me your a huge boy wizard fan like me then you HAVE to read it as you want to knew what happens next, from his first visit to Hogwarts. If your not as serious as us fans then you may read the book just to see if you like the Potter series or not. But the reason a lot of people buy it is because there children want to read it but can I stress that this is not actually that big of a children's book. It would be suitable for any range of reader.
A good example of another reason to buy is as because the books are getting longer, your child may love the movies but may not be able to read to that level. So listening to the book, can then lead to them reading the book. This would also benefit dyslexics, who may have trouble reading the book, but want to enjoy the adventures of the boy wizard. It would also be good for people who may don't like reading very much but enjoy the films, and want to get another perspective on the story. And of course for lazy readers, ok I have to admit I can't be bothered sometimes to read, but want to just relax and listen to another world.
*Harry Potter- The main character and the wizard we all love so much. The Chamber of Secrets see Harry slowly start to realise who he is, and going on his most exciting adventures to date. Chasing spiders, solving mysteries and beating a giant snake just to name a few.
*Ron Weasley- Harry's loyal best friend. Has been with Harry since the beginning. You see a new side of Ron in this book which is fantastic, as you see his courage and starting to like Harry, discover himself.
*Hermione Granger- Harry's other best friend she shines in a new light in this book. Unlike the last book, you see her getting caught out however is able to save the trio in numerous situations, even if she didn't mean to. One of my favourite characters in the book.
*Ginny Weasley- Awww! She fancies Harry and is Ron's little sister. However gets herself into a horrible situation in this book where she gets caught out by a magical diary. Also she gets the moment of her dreams where she gets rescued by Harry. Awww!
*Lord Voldemort- His powers are growing and his plans to kill Harry are becoming more powerful and adventurous. He is a hugely important character in the book, in which Harry again tries to defeat him, while figuring out how Voldemort is connected to the diary. Also known by his real name as Tom Riddle.
*Dobby- The loveable house elf, who helps Harry immenesly through a difficult adventure. He also opens Harry's eyes to the inhumanity some witches and wizards use against Magical Creatures.
* Gilderoy Lockart - The new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher and considered new sexy diva in Hogwarts. He has claimed that he has fought WereWolves, slayed Dragons and destroyed evil beasts. However apart from being a girls pin-up in the magical world, is he everything he says he is?
*Rubieus Hagrid- The mini giant (Yes his mother was a giant and his father was 'normal') is the gamekeeper to Hogwarts. He has been looking after Harry since he started Hogwarts and you get to see a new light of him in this book.
**So What Has Happened So Far?**
The Philosphers Stone, saw Harry being introduced to the Wizarding World, and of course to Hogwarts. This was a great introduction but as the reader you want to know more about the magical world itself and the secrets. We have discovered that Harry's poor parents were not killed by a car crash, but by evil Lord Voldemort in which Harry was the only known survivor.
After being brought up by his horrible aunty and uncle, he discovers (much to his delight) he is actually a wizard. He goes to Hogwarts and makes friends with Ron and Hermione and shares an adventure. This forms the platform for their later adventures.
The front cover comes in two designs, the Childrens and the Adults. The childrens is of Harry and Ron in a magical flying car. This is one of my favourite scenes in the book, and I love the artwork. This is found on a majority of the Audio covers. The adult cover is of 2 snakes entwined with jade green eyes. This fantastic artwork (see the Dooyoo photo) represents the Chamber of Secrets itself. We later find out that this is a vital part of the story. Both of these books are exactly the same however and have exactly the same chapters etc. I like the idea of two different covers, however it is only to make the older adults who may get 'embarsed' at the fact they are somewhat reading a kids book...
There are 8 CD's to listen to in this audio book. This is a lot, but compared to the other audio books it is a tiny fraction! They all have clearly listed numbers on them so you are not lost to find the next CD. They are all read by the AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, BEAUTIFULLY VOICED Stephen Fry, his reading is simply flawless throughout. I adore his voice and he even does the character voices, which are amusing and fantastic. His iconic voice makes the book highly enjoyable and I adore listening to his crystal clear voice throughout. I couldn't think of anyone better to read the books (he does the whole series) and you get exceptionally familiar to his voice.
If you do what I do you can download the CD's onto iTunes which actually added up to 98 'tracks' so basically where they stop and started recordings. This is an excellent feature and means you can put it then on your iPod and MP3 player, if you are wanting to take it to extreme portable. I did this and it worked out really well, and I throughly enjoyed keeping up with the book, on my iPod. Most have the facility to recognise Audio Books, and keep it away from the music section if you desire that.
The book starts off similarly to the first book. If you have not read the first one (or listened to) then it would a good idea if you did, as it is harder to get into compared to if you had read the first one. Harry is in his room, stuck there and with little communication with the outside world. His owl, Hedwig is his only companion.
It is his birthday, but no one has bothered to contact him, even wishing him happy birthday. However he gets an unexpected visitor, a house elf by the name of Dobby visits him to warn him not to go back to Hogwarts. How odd? Harry's happiest moments had been at the school for witchcraft and wizardry yet this little (big eared) elf says not to do it. Dobby has also been stealing Harry's letters so he would get annoyed. How mean!
After Ron getting worried that he hasn't sent any replies to his letters so him and his brothers steal their fathers flying car and drive to Harry's house and break him out. This is one of my favourite parts of the book and after this rebellion the Weasley brothers get home to get the most massive telling off from their mother. After getting over the hastle of escaping they head off to Hogwarts.
They get all their school books, and we meet a new character, Gilderoy Lockart. He will be the new DADA teacher and is a girls pin up dream, and also very up himself. Loves a photo opp with Harry! Now the boys need to get to school however are are not able to oddly get through the barrier. We later find out that it was Dobby doing this. So Ron not learning from his last telling off, decides that they should actually drive up to Scotland to Hogwarts!
So they do that...
Of course getting into severe trouble, they also accidently crash into the ancient Womping Willow which almost kills them. They get almost excluded however Dumbledore stops this happening. So ok, not the best start but now they are finally able to get back into a 'normal' routine. However weird things start to happen.
Harry starts hearing a voice, however no one else can hear it at all. Of course everyone is getting worried about him. People start becoming 'petrified' which causes them to be frozen until they can be unpetrified. Harry, is basically blamed for everything going wrong. They figure out the story of the legendary Chamber of Secrets and they figure out that Harry can actually speak Parsel-Tongue which is why he hear the voices, however this means he can speak to snakes. Muggle-borns are increasingly being attacked and the trio desperately trying to solve the mystery. However when Hermione gets attacked and Ron's little sister Ginny gets captured, Harry gets desperate and has to risk life to save them. There are killer spiders, giant snakes, blood, teenage angst and of course a drop of romance. What more could you want from such an exciting plot?
**Price/Where to get it**
The RRP is £39.99, which is a lot of money, however I got mine for just £15.99 from Amazon. You do get it in a nice box to keep all the CD's safely.
It can also be downloaded of iTunes. This will cost you around £18, and comes in tracks. It can be easily found, just search Chamber of Secrets and you will be able to download it easily. For 9 and a half hours of Harry Potter brilliance, I think this is well worth the money.
But you can also BORROW it from the library for free (well in my local one anyway) but I'm pretty sure it will apply to a lot of people. This one you can still get on tape as well, if you prefer to use them instead of CD's. It can be bought from Borders, Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith and many more shops. There are a lot of deals on just now, like buy one Harry Potter audio book, and get another discounted.
**What's Right With It?**
This is such a thrilling, exciting book to read. I could not stop listening to it but had to because I needed to sleep or go to school! Seriously once you finish a chapter you have to listening the next one as you need to know what is happening. The characters characterisation is outstanding in this book as you see each indivual grow up and face the most horrible situations, at such a young age. It has a sense of reality as well and you feel it is possible to do these things. Also as I personally am around the same age as Harry and his friends I really feel I can relate to them. The book reminds you a lot that Harry, Ron and Hermione are just becoming teenagers and having to deal with all this must have been really tough. It is a truly fantastic listen, or if you get a chance, to read. It is the last book, and if you have been reading all the books this, I think everyone will guarentee you will throughly enjoy!
**What's Wrong With It?**
What I've found is that this book is very dark and quite scary. It features death and evil which may worry some parents to read/listen to the book. It really isn't for young children however this is one of the lightest books in the series and would be fine for many children. I first read the book when I was 11 and found it scary! Because it is avaliable in audio it is a lot easier for younger ones to get access so just a caution to parents, that this a little dark book to be listening to.
I've actually found, using myself as an example that readers grow up with Harry. I was only 8 when Philosphers Stone came out and I read it and watched the movies when I was 10/11 and as now I am 16 I can actually relate to Harry a lot. This was the second audio book of Harry Potter and I do prefer the book to audio, however only marginally. The audio allows you to relax more. If your not really familiar with Harry Potter but don't enjoy reading then this is for you (or just watch the films) but I can guarentee, content wise, the Books are so much better. I love this book, I love Harry Potter and I loved writing this review.
I would recommend it to everyone teenagers, parents, gran parents everyone! 5 stars from me.
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As a die-hard fantasy fan who has long outgrown his childhood, I first eyed the Harry Potter books with askance. They seemed to me to be more suitable for little kids and hardly the material that an adult would read, especially one who has long since been jaded by the typical fare produced by Tolkien-esque authors drawing upon Celtic-Nordic traditions. However, I was soon persuaded by the many positive reviews of this series, both by my friends and by book critics everywhere. The first book I could not put down until I finished it; the sequel ensnared me just the same. While the fantasy genre is composed of hackneyed plots and themes, regurgitated by the many different authors out there, each cranking out thousand page novels, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone proved that succinctness is indeed a virtue. All of the stereotypes are here, but instead of just rehashing the same old fare that Tolkien dished out, Rowling re-defines it. And while many readers, especially those, like me, who are well-read in this genre, will recognize in Rowling's novels elements that have appeared in countless other stories and myths, Rowling does not use these as crutches to drive her story where none existed; rather, these are bridges she uses to communicate to her readers, common archetypes that exist in the minds of all. Hers is far more than one author's interpretation; it is a book that has captured the imagination and echoes the awe of the fantastic that resides within all of us Seldom has an author written with such clarity that her words flow so smoothly from the page into our thoughts. The fantasy genre owes its revival in large part to Rowling's gift of gab. Instead of alienating most readers as many other authors do, Rowling appeals to the mundane, beckoning them, in their own language, to visit the world of the incredible, the fantastic, the impossible that nevertheless seems so real. Harry Potter is a character of the n
ew millennium, and his exploits usher in a new philosophy of fantasy. An orphaned child living in adverse conditions, Harry discovers that he is truly extraordinary; he is a wizard. Thus begin his adventures and his escape from his cruel life. He makes us all seek within ourselves that spark of magic that will allow each of us to transcend the mundanity and normalizing pressure of society, to become true individuals, unique to one another, and special, each in our own way. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets continues the tradition--yes, tradition, even after a single book!--of Rowling's novels. Engaging and funny, clever and entertaining, the sequel further develops the world in which Rowling has set for her Harry Potter novels, one much like ours but influenced by wizards who move behind the scenes, unsuspecting to the common person. Harry displays the unflagging spirit of determination in the face of adversity, as even his friends slowly turn against him. Rowling's novel teaches children the value of courage, intelligence, and morality while reminding adult readers of the same. Continuing her excellence, Rowling crafts a fantasy series perhaps one day as defining as Tolkien's contribution to fantasy literature. Certainly, it is a worthy addition to everyone's bookshelves, young and old alike.
Having *loved* the audiobook of "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" , which was our introduction to the Harry Potter books, I invested in this one as well, and we're still enjoying it! I thoroughly recommend these audiobooks for long journeys, and even if the kids are fighting, they'll settle down and listen to this. Stephen Fry brings character and life to the voices, and the tape is every bit as exciting as the book. we've all been known to sit in the car after the end of a journey, just to listen to what happens next (even though we've all read the book at least once!!) The Chamber of Secrets has it all, excitement, thrills, action and brilliantly funny humour.......if you want to transform car journeys, this is indispensable! JK Rowling writes with her usual skill and accuracy, and this story is one of my favourites......find out what's in the chamber of secrets and who has opened it!! Find out why people are petrified rather than killed, and hear about why Hagrid was expelled from Hogwarts... On top of all that, you'll never forget Aragog, and Ron's dad's flying car.......but you'll have to wait to book three for further info on the whomping willow! Don't think that reading the books is enough - you'll not regret investing in the tape as well! Oh, and one thing the tape can do that the book can't? Give you an unforgettable experience of a "howler"!
Having already sung the praises of the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone I'm afraid I'm going to have to do it again with the Chamber of Secrets. We know that the book itself is good, and I have said so in a separate review; however, Stephen Fry is absolutely marvellous in bringing alive all of the characters and adding that extra dimension to a wonderful adventure. I'm actually wondering if Mr Fry will run out of voices when he gets as far as the Prizoner of Azkaban but, somehow, I don't think he will. Anyway, if you enjoyed reading this book then you will enjoy listening to it all the more - over and over again.
Harry Potter is about to enter his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and little does he know that this year will be even more eventful than the last! Action-packed with drama and excitement, this wonderful audio edition of the classic novel will utterly entrance listeners.