Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (second book in the series ) – Audiobook Review
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: YA, children, fantasy
My rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: Published 20th November, 2015 by Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
Format: Audiobook, 10 hours and 8 minutes
What did I think?
Turns out The Chamber of Secrets, book number three in the series, is better than The Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone! I enjoyed it so much more. I am on board with the characters and found the plot lot more interesting.
I listened to The Chamber of Secrets as an audiobook read by Stephen Fry. I think he did an exceptional job all things considered. There were only a couple of odd moments for me when he was doing female voices, which is something I am sensitive too. But I soon forgot about it which I think is a testament to the terrific job he did narrating, and also to the wonderful plot and characters (thank you J. K. Rowling!).
Despite seeing the movie many times with my kids, I missed WHY exactly Harry and Ron had to drive-fly the car to Hogwarts that day early in the story. The 9 and 3/4 Platform had closed up for them – and now I even know why! In my defence, while watching the films, I was probably up and down regularly getting snacks and drinks for young children. A lot of plot holes and confusions are being rectified for me now that I’m reading the books.
One of the great things about the series is the protagonists. The mains – Harry, Ron and Hermoine are fabulous but Hermoine fast became a favourite for me. I dig her forthrightness, that she’s smart and doesn’t give a damn, and just..well, you know how she is! 😛
Hagrid is another favourite of mine. I love him – he’s so funny sometimes and though he’s a little bumbling, he has such a big heart. It was entertaining getting to know Nearly Headless Nick better in book two and I found the Deathday party and his getting left out of the ‘Headless Hunt’ highly amusing.
On the dark side, SPOILER REMOVED – You can read it on Goodreads. I felt my blood boil with some of his smart-arsed comments in the showdown between him and Harry. Then, the Dursley’s…oh, gosh. Horrid, horrid, backward, nasty people. Yet, a wonderful addition as characters.
I’ve already ordered book three, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, on audiobook. Rowling’s series is well-suited to audio so I’m running with it. I really wish I’d shared the audiobooks with my kids when they were young.
For more info: Goodreads – Or your local Library