Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Audio Listen

July 18th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 34 Comments

18th Jul
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Audio Listen
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1
Narrator: Jim Dale
Length: 8 hours and 33 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Purchase
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Narration Rating: 4
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"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

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My oldest was seven when we read HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE for the first time. I read it allowed to each of my children. It is a fond memory as are the releases of each book in the series along with the movie releases. Their releases mark my children’ childhood and this series will always be dear to me.

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Harry Potter and in conjunction with the Wizarding World Book Club, I chose to listen to HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE for the first time. Narrated by Jim Dale the tale once again came to life and I was lost to it.

It was wonderful revisiting this story. The last time I did a reread was when I bought the illustrated edition and of course, it all started with me looking at the beautiful illustrations and the next thing you know I was lost to this world. Honestly, it never gets old.

Rowling’s writing is marvelous from pacing to her ability to express the character’s emotions. I know there are folks who have not yet read the series (gasps). I, of course, cannot recommend them enough regardless of format. The movies are brilliant, but only scratch the surface of what the books and audios have to offer. If you love Harry Potter but have never tried audio, this is the perfect time to listen.

Five reasons to listen to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

  • The world and characters came to life on audio. Jim Dale has a pleasant tone and gave each character his or her own unique voice. His pacing was wonderful and allowed me to listen for long stretches of time.
  • You belong to the Potter Fandom and it would be criminal not to try all the formats.
  • It’s the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter. Celebrate and treat yourself.
  • Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Hogsmeade Villiage, magical items, secret passages, and wondrous creatures. The world building is rich and detailed. You will want to pack your bags and visit. (I am still waiting for my letter)
  • The characters! Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, Ron Weasley, Snape, Malfoy, Hagrid, Sirus Black and more. I love them all and this is only the beginning …

About J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

J K (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling was born in the summer of 1965 at Yate General Hospital in England and grew up in Chepstow, Gwent where she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. Jo left Chepstow for Exeter University, where she earned a French and Classics degree, and where her course included one year in Paris. As a postgraduate she moved to London to work at Amnesty International, doing research into human rights abuses in Francophone Africa. She started writing the Harry Potter series during a Manchester to London King’s Cross train journey, and during the next five years, outlined the plots for each book and began writing the first novel. Jo then moved to northern Portugal, where she taught English as a foreign language. She married in October 1992 and gave birth to her daughter Jessica in 1993. When her marriage ended, she returned to the UK to live in Edinburgh, where “Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone” was eventually completed and in 1996 she received an offer of publication. The following summer the world was introduced to Harry Potter.”Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” was published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in June 1997 and was published as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in America by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic in September 1998.The second title in the series, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, was published in July 1998 (June 2, 1999 in America) and was No. 1 in the adult hardback bestseller charts for a month after publication. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” was published on 8th July 1999 (September 8, 1999 in America) to worldwide acclaim and massive press attention. The book spent four weeks at No.1 in the adult hardback bestseller charts, while “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” simultaneously topped the paperback charts. In the US the first three Harry Potter books occupied the top three spots on numerous adult bestseller lists.The fourth book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was published in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia 8th July 2000 with a record first print run of 1 million copies for the UK and 3.8 million for the US. It quickly broke all records for the greatest number of books sold on the first weekend of publication. The fifth book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” was published in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia on 21st June 2003. Published in paperback on 10th July 2004, it is the longest in the series – 766 pages – and broke the records set by “Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire” as the fastest selling book in history. The sixth book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”, was published in the UK, US and other English-speaking countries on 16th July 2005 and also achieved record sales.The seventh and final book in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was published in the UK, US and other English speaking countries on 21st July 2007. The book is the fastest selling book in the UK and USA and sales have contributed to breaking the 375 million copies mark worldwide.J K Rowling has also written two small volumes, which appear as the titles of Harry’s school books within the novels. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Quidditch Through The Ages” were published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books and Scholastic in March 2001 in aid of Comic Relief. The Harry Potter books have sold 400 million copies worldwide. They are distributed in over 200 territories and are translated into 67 languages.

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34 Responses to “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling Audio Listen”

  1. Tyler H. Jolley

    I still can’t believe it’s been twenty years. I was actually drawn to the book because a few religious groups were claiming it was glorifying evil and satanic tendencies. I knew my kids had heard of it and needed to check it out. Obviously, that claim was false and Harry Potter became a staple in the Jolley household.

  2. Stormi Johnson

    HP was nothing iconic for me like it was for a lot of people, I actually didn’t want to read it at first but when someone I know who was 50 was reading it I thought I need to try it and liked it. I have revisited it through audio, I am up to the third one and I love Jim Dale. He is one of my favorite children’s audiobook narrators. 🙂 So I am glad you are enjoying him! 🙂

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  3. Angela

    The Harry Potter series is the only books I’ve every listened to in Audio. When the first came out we did road trips and so they where great for the long drive. I’ve not read one of the books, but I’ve done the Audios. I’m hopping to get my little man into the series soon.

  4. Kristin

    … ‘you’re still waiting for you letter’… tee hee!!!!!! Outstanding!!! Great review!!

  5. HahahahaLa La in the Library

    Yes! The releases of the books and the movies have been markers for my son’s childhood, too, so many great memories. Is this the original narrator? I remember when.the audios first came out and everyone on the HP site I belonged to was raving about them. I would really like to listen to that particular narrator. I think it is time to seriously consider the audiobooks. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book and Harry Potter. <3

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  6. Jessica

    Love this! Definitely going to have to listen, thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

  7. Christine

    My husband has listened to these pretty much on repeat for commutes and long car trips for a few years now. I’ve only listened to bits and pieces with him, and am stubbornly annoyed we can’t get the UK Stephen Fry narrated editions here in the US. Jim Dale IS very good, but Fry is a real favorite of mine after hearing him narrate classics like Paddington Bear and Winnie the Pooh (and now the Sherlock Holmes stories! But I haven’t gotten too far into those yet.) Maybe someday I will finally just go ahead and give the US editions a fair shake 🙂

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  8. Megan Riverina Romantics

    Thanks for reviewing this. I always wondered if the audio versions were any good. I loved the books. Maybe I’ll check them out.

  9. Berls

    I’m doing an audio reread of the series right now too – I started just around the 20th anniversary and I’m on Goblet of Fire right now. I listened to the Jim Dale narration a year or two ago – this time I’ve borrowed the British edition from Felicia and I’m really enjoying Stephen Fry’s narration. I have to say, I think I did enjoy Jim Dale better in the earlier books, but now that they’re growing up a bit, I’m starting to prefer Stephen Fry. He seems to make their voices age more. We’ll see if I continue to feel that way as I progress. Anyway, enjoy!!!

  10. RO

    It’s ironic that you posted this while I talked a about this awesome author being the richest in the world. I’ve collected all the books and never read them, but I have watched every movie at least twice, and collected the DVD’s. This is the one audio book series I think I could actually stay awake for, Kim. (lol) Thanks for the cool trivia and reminder of how wonderful these books are. Hugs…

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  11. Melanie Simmons

    I think I’m one of the only people on the planet to not like this series. I read the first book and a half and I just couldn’t get into them. I’ve seen the first 3 (??) movies and thought they were okay, but didn’t love them (I do want to finish the movies at some point). I’ve been told that I should try the audiobooks and I probably will give it another go with that format at some time. As much as I love audio, maybe that will finally get me to enjoy the series. Great review.

  12. Chloe

    I’m ashamed to say I have never read Harry Potter. I did try many many many years ago and I made it with 5 pages to go till the end and I gave up. I couldn’t tell you why but that’s what happened. I adore the movies though!! I have got the illustrated version at least so I am hoping this will help now that I’m more into reading but I am waiting for at least 4/5 for them to come out before I start reading because I know I will want to read them either back to back or one a month haha.

    It’s so nice hearing that this book brings you such great memories and has a special place in your heart!! I love that 🙂

    I would like to give an audio book a go but never know what to do when I’m sat listening to something. Plus I never know which book I should pick, any suggestions? Something a little more fast paced maybe? I’d appreciate any suggestions!!

  13. ShootingStarsMag

    I’ve never listened to the audios but I really do want to. I’m curious about the British versions because I LOVE Stephen Fry. I hear Jim Dale is great though. I re- read the first book last year with the illustrated version, so I need to read the second illustrated soon before the third comes out. 🙂 I read the first book when I was 7 so right when they were coming out, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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  14. Di

    Ah, I haven’t listened to the Jim Dale version at all.. I have the Stephen Fry narration and love it. Have you listed to it at all? I’m wondering if I should even try now that I know Fry and how I’ve grown to love that one! I’ve heard good things, but you know how change can be…