If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I have read all the books multiple times, and when I’m having a rough time in life, I usually will pick up one of the books in the series as a comfort read. And it really works! Well, I’ve been told for a long time now that the audio versions of these novels are simply amazing, something any HP fan should not miss. Well, I finally decided to try out the audio version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Let me tell you, everyone who encouraged me to listen to this novel was completely right – the audio version is really amazing! Jim Dale, the narrator of the book (and I think he does all seven of them), gives a phenomenal performance. He has voices for all of the characters (and if you’ve read these books, you know there are a LOT of characters), and he puts so much emotion and truth into his voice when he reads. Really, his performance is not to be missed. And listening to this book as opposed to reading it gave me a whole new perspective on the novel. I even shed a few tears at the end – and the end of this first installment is arguably the ONLY truly happy ending in the whole series!
Anyway, I just wanted to encourage everyone who loves Harry Potter as much as I do to give the audio versions a shot. I don’t know that I’ll be listening to the other six right away (let’s face it, they just get longer and longer and I really don’t spend too much time in the car), but eventually I will, and I’m sure they just get better as the plot gets more complex and more characters are introduced.
If you’ve listened to any of the Harry Potter books, what did you think?