Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Unabridged Audio Book)

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Read by Jim Dale
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YA 108 CD
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Splendidly bringing to life each beloved character, British actor Jim Dale gives a spirited reading of the adventures of young wizard Harry Potter and his friends in their first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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Harry Potter has no idea that his life is about to change forever when, on his eleventh birthday, he receives his acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – and discovers he is a wizard with a dramatic destiny. Gladly leaving behind his miserable existence as an unwanted member of his Aunt and Uncle Dursley’s household, Harry delights in all the strange and wonderful things that happen to him as he travels to Hogwarts. During his first year at Hogwarts, Harry makes fast friends in Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, clashes with his nemesis Draco Malfoy and sinister Professor Snape, whizzes through the air on his Nimbus 2000 to quidditch victory, bonds with oversized in body and spirit groundskeeper Hagrid, and even comes face to face with the dreaded arch villain of the wizard world, “He Who Must Not Be Named/You Know Who,” Voldemort. Rowling’s magical tale of friendship and the triumph of good over evil (at least for now) is given a spirited reading by British actor Jim Dale in this unabridged narration of the first of a projected series of seven books about Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts. Chosen because of his ability to create and sustain many different voice characterizations (and because he’s British – something J.K. Rowling requested), Dale never overdoes it, splendidly bringing to life each beloved character – giving Dumbledore a “John Houseman”-like kindly authority; Mr. Dursley a ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’-esque priggishness; Professor McGonagall his own aunt’s Scottish brogue; Hagrid a gruff sweetness; the perfect buddies in self-effacing Ron, and fast-talking bossy Hermione; and to Harry, Dale gives simply his own voice. A veteran performer with a long and varied career on stage and screen on both sides of the Atlantic, Dale is slated to star in Dr. Seuss’ “The Five Thousand Fingers of Dr. T” on Broadway in late 2002. But having performed all four of the currently available Harry Potter audio books to great acclaim, he already admits to a sneaking suspicion that he will be best remembered as the voice of Harry Potter for the audio versions of these phenomenally best-selling books!

Lauren Mayer