Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J. K. Rowling, Author, Jim Dale, Performed by, Jim Dale, Read by
J. K. Rowling, Author, Jim Dale, Performed by, Jim Dale, Read by Listening Library $35 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8072-8175-8
Reviewed on: 10/04/1999
Release date: 10/01/1999
Hardcover - 208 pages - 978-0-590-35340-3
Paperback - 312 pages - 978-0-590-35342-7
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-8072-8118-5
Paperback - 978-2-07-050142-7
Hardcover - 422 pages - 978-0-7862-2272-8
Hardcover - 254 pages - 978-84-7888-445-2
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-553-66838-4
Compact Disc - 7 pages
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-17233-2
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-8072-1547-0
Paperback - 191 pages - 978-7-02-003343-0
Hardcover - 320 pages - 978-0-439-20352-4
Paperback - 978-84-7888-654-8
Paperback - 978-0-439-33297-2
Mass Market Paperbound - 384 pages - 978-0-439-36213-9
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-439-36673-1
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-21606-7
Paperback - 305 pages - 978-2-07-051842-5
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With more than seven million copies of Sorcerer's Stone and its two sequels sold in the U.S. in a year's time, it would be hard to find many school-age children who haven't at least heard of Harry Potter. British author Rowling's tales of a young wizard-in-training who attends the unusual Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have enchanted children (and their parents, too) like no books before them. Now, with this sharp audio production, those who haven't yet met Harry will soon be swept up in the fun, and established Potter fans will delight in hearing Harry's adventures anew. British actor and Broadway star Dale is an inspired choice as narrator, reading with a light, assured air that makes Harry's fantastic, sometimes dangerous, world very real, while never losing sight of Rowling's humorous underpinnings. His numerous vocal characterizations are dead-on, especially his fast-talking take on Harry's sweet but overachieving witch friend Hermione Granger. A gruff and sensitive Hagrid (the school's gamekeeper), evil Malfoy, kindly Dumbledore and appropriately Scottish Professor McGonagall are also crisply distinctive. The combination of Rowling's exquisitely evocative writing and Dale's nimble reading make this a magical addition to the bewitching Harry Potter canon. All ages. (Oct.)
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