Last weeks audiobook was the fourth Harry Potter book. I am enjoying re-reading these on my journeys to work. It is nice to listen to them and notice new things, but also for them to be familiar. What I like most about the audiobook form is that the narrator often puts emphasis in places I didn’t when I read the book. It is interesting as I have noticed more things that then come up later in the series from listening to them than when I have re-read them myself.
This is one my favourite books. It follows on from book three in a way that makes the dangers more real. This is the first time you see actual death in the series. It starts to grow up and is no longer a bedtime story, but rather a thriller and mystery. In the third book things were not what they seemed and this books carries on with that. There are questions along the way over who is good and who is bad, but nothing is clear until the end, when it is too late.
I love Stephen Fry. I love his voices for the characters. I also love that you can tell he is enjoying reading the books out loud. There are some audiobooks I’ve felt the narrator has only been reading the book, rather than enjoying it with the reader.
I will say it again, listening to audiobooks have made my commutes extremely more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. I am so glad my library offers a wide variety of books and that Audible has made it affordable to buy the latest books.
If you have the chance to listen to Harry Potter – do it!