Harry Potter CD Collection

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Enjoy the complete Harry Potter series performed by the Grammy Award-winning Jim Dale. This complete unabridged audiobook collection contains the following:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Overview

Enjoy the complete Harry Potter series performed by the Grammy Award-winning Jim Dale. This complete unabridged audiobook collection contains the following:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739352243
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/17/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 158,372
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 15.00 (h) x 5.25 (d)

Meet the Author

J. K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
A phenomenon like Harry Potter does not come along very often. The young wizard and his eager companions Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley have inspired countless children to delve into reading with a fervor rarely seen, and we have J. K. Rowling to thank for that! Rowling has created a fantastic world of wizards and muggles, ghosts and trolls, and good and evil that has completely revitalized a love of reading in both kids and adults all over the world.

Biography

As the often told story goes, J. K. Rowling was on the brink of poverty, receiving welfare when her first Harry Potter book catapulted her into a stratosphere of stardom rarely enjoyed by any writer. While accounts of Rowling's destitution have been greatly exaggerated, her story is still something of a rags-to-riches tale not unlike that of her most famous creation.

Yes, Rowling did briefly receive government assistance after returning to her home country of England following a stint in Portugal, but that ended when she took a fairly well-paying teaching job. Rather than financial hardships, the period between a 1990 train ride from Manchester to London -- during which Rowling first conceived of a "scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn't know he was a wizard" -- and the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was marked by setbacks of a more personal nature. Her mother passed away. She divorced her first husband, leaving her to raise her daughter alone. The writing career she'd always desired was becoming less and less viable as her personal responsibilities mounted.

Then came Harry, the bespectacled boy wizard she'd first dreamed on that fateful train ride.

The success of the first Harry Potter novel (given the slightly less lofty title of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), in which the orphaned, seemingly ordinary boy discovers that he is not only a possessor of incredible powers but already a celebrity among fellow wizards, was far beyond anything Joanne Kathleen Rowling ever dared imagine. International praise poured in. So did the awards. Rowling won England's National Book Award and the Smarties Prize for children's literature. The series spawned an equally successful and hotly anticipated series of films starring the young megastars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and featuring such venerable British actors as Maggie Smith, John Hurt, John Cleese, and Alan Rickman.

Rowling is responsible for introducing several new words and terms into the English lexicon, such as "muggle" (a civilian lacking in wizardly powers) and "Quidditch" (a fast-paced sport played while riding broomsticks). Perhaps most satisfying of all for the mother and teacher was the way she single-handedly ignited the literary pursuits of children all over the globe. Kids everywhere couldn't wait to get their hands on Harry's latest adventure at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is no small feat, considering that the novels tend to be exceptionally lengthy for books aimed at such a young audience (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is just a few pages shy of a whopping 900 pages!). Rowling has said that she conceives of her novels as "real literature," despite the fact that they are written for young people. Perhaps a testament to the literary merit of her books is the fact that they are nearly as popular with teenagers, college kids, and adults as they are with the grammar-school set.

With the massive popularity of her Harry Potter novels, Rowling has achieved similar fame and fortune -- for better and for worse. According to an article in a 2004 edition of Forbes magazine, Rowling's wealth was estimated at 576 million English pounds. In U.S. currency, that made her the very first billionaire author. The downside of that success is the unwanted attention she receives from Britain's notoriously relentless paparazzi. As Rowling lamented to Jeremy Paxton of the BBC, "You know, I didn't think they'd rake through my bins, I didn't expect to be photographed on the beach through long lenses." Rowling has also come under fire from Christian groups who object to her depiction of wizardry and witchcraft and certain critics who contest the "literary merit" of her work. Of course, one must always keep in mind that no one ever achieves Rowling's level of celebrity without having to listen to the griping of naysayers, none of which has impeded her continued success seriously.

Although Rowling could surely sell countless copies of Harry Potter books for as long as she is able to put pen to paper (and she does write much of her work in longhand), she initially conceived of the series in seven installments and has, of course, realized that plan with the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. "There will be no Harry Potter's midlife crisis or Harry Potter as an old wizard," she once told the Sunday Telegraph. As for what life after Harry Potter might entail for Rowling, she has suggested quite a number of possibilities, including ideas for adult novels and possible tie-ins to the Hogwarts universe involving periphery characters. Whatever Rowling chooses to do, she has forever guaranteed herself a place alongside Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, and L. Frank Baum as one of the most beloved children's authors of all time.

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Rowling's parents met on a train, coincidentally from King's Cross station to Scotland. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when Rowling was 15, her mother died in the early 1990s. Rowling has a sister, Di, two years younger than she, who is an attorney.

Rowling's publisher requested that she use initials on Harry Potter covers, concerned that if they used an obviously female name, the target audience of young boys might be hesitant to buy them. Rowling adopted her grandmother's middle name, Kathleen, for the "K".

Rowling made a special guest appearance as herself on the hit cartoon show, The Simpsons.

With great success often comes great controversy. Rowling's Harry Potter books landed on a list of banned books because of their depiction of wizardry and witchcraft. However, Rowling regards her place on the list as a feather in her cap, as past lists have included works by such literary giants as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, J. D. Salinger, and Harper Lee.

Rowling ran into a bit of potential trouble in the wake of stepped-up airline restrictions. While traveling home from New York, she refused to part ways with the manuscript of her still in-the-works final installment of the Harry Potter series during bag inspections. Fortunately, she was allowed onboard without further incident.

In 2001, two Harry Potter tie-in books were published: Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander. For those wondering who the mysterious Misters Whisp and Scamander are, well, they are actually both J. K. Rowling. The author donated all proceeds of her pseudonymous books to the charity Comic Relief.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Joanne Kathleen Rowling (full name), "Jo"
    2. Hometown:
      Perthshire, Scotland
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chipping Sodbury near Bristol, England
    1. Education:
      Exeter University
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2009

    Very enjoyable

    Jim Dale is excellent in his portrayal of the characters in the books. I was never bored. Great listening for adults and children.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 22, 2008

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    Dim Dale is Da Bomb!

    I listened to the first four books and love Jim Dale's interpretation of the characters. His mad skillz as a storyteller add a great dimension to such a wonderful series. He gives each character a vibrant, memorable, and wonderfully acted personality. If you don't want to go for the text, pick up this audio book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    The only way to experience Potter

    The unabridged audio is the only way to experience the amazing tales of Harry Potter. The movies have been stripped of so much detail and, as an American without the Brittish accent, I felt a lot of the flavor was lost in reading the text myself. These recordings are so well done it truely makes for a wonderful experience. Even if you've read the books, I highly recommend re-experiencing them with the audio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Excellent

    Worth every penny. Jim Dale really brings the story to life and the cds offer another way to enjoy the world of Harry Potter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    CLOSE YOUR EYES AND ENJOY

    I have a long commute from home to school (three hours roundtrip), and when I finally decided to get on the Harry Potter bandwagon during this past summer, I knew that the audiobooks were the way to go. Not only does Jim Dale's voice seamlessly embodies every single character, but it brings such richness to a wonderful story. I have listened to all the books at least thrice, but the 6th and 7th are probably my most listened ones ( I would say probably 5 or 6 times! ). I thoroughly enjoy this series of audiobooks my Nano is full of them - I only have room left for about 1 GB of regular music!! But anyway, this is the perfect way to get through all the Harry Potter books if you are a busy bee, or if you enjoy going to sleep while immersing yourself in a fantasy setting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

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    I am not a fan of fiction, and would never have read these books if my daughter had not given me the CD's for the first book. Once I started on that, I was hooked and had to buy all the rest. Jim Dale is simply amazing as he brings the story to life with his portrayals of every character in the Harry Potter series, and has thus rightly receive numerous awards and honors for these performances. Mr. Dale has a distinctive voice for each person in the story, and the listener quickly forgets there is only one person reading to him. The Harry Potter story is a masterpiece of literary work, and is filled with all the elements of a good story: Suspense, danger, unexpected twists, romance, comedy, etc. This is THE definitive story on the fantasy world of wizards and witches. I would like to ensure all that this has nothing to do with the Satanic witchcraft we more commonly hear about. This is a fantasy story about a fantasy population of wizards and witches who supposedly live among us 'non-magical folk' without us knowing. They are fascinated by our mechanical and electronic gadgets that we use to accomplish everyday tasks - tasks they routinely accomplish with magic. The magic they use is completely fabricated by the author and is in no way associated with Satanic rituals. For example, if a pot breaks, they pull out their magic wand and declare, 'Repairo!' Not quite the sort of thing to send you to hell. It is just a story in which, by the way, the characters celebrate Christmas and Halloween. These CDs are great for car trips, for working around the house or in the shop. I even listen to them at work instead of music. Buy these CD's. You'll love them.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Great collection. The reader is exceptional

    We love these CD's. A great way to experience Harry Potter. We have already read all the books and seen the movies. Listening to the books again is wonderful.

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    I don't have anything to say about HP that others haven't said. It's well researched and excellent. I really just wanted to recommend a book to the adult fans of HP who are also interested in science. See below!

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