It’s no wonder that the magic of Harry Potter has been brought to audio tapes. That means that you can enjoy the magic of Harry Potter while cruising in the minivan with the kids, or simply relax with a good audio book during a long commute. Even those who are not inclined to pick up the bulky, popular novels can still enjoy the magical stories from the comfort of their home or car through the popular Harry Potter audiotapes. Best of all, you can enjoy all the magic of the Harry Potter, including the muggle world, the Leaky Cauldron, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and Diagon Alley, all on unabridged audio. The audiotape for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone comes completely uncut and unabridged. The world of Harry Potter comes alive on audiotape, thanks to the great voice actors as well, of course, to the masterful storytelling of JK Rowling herself.
The reader of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on audiotape is Jim Dale. Dale has been lauded by critics who praise him for bringing an excellent range to the audio adaptation of the popular novel. Jim Dale is a wonderful reader who can approximate the voices of a vast number of characters. For instance, when he is doing the voice of Hermione Granger, his voice turns soft and earnest. When he does the voice of Draco Malfoy, his voice becomes a dull, nasally drone. As Mr. Filch, Dale approximates a wicked snarl, and as Professor Quirrell he imitates a perfect stutter. Of course, some listeners of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as well as the other Harry books on audiotape have found some peculiarities. For instance, some listeners wonder, just why do the centaurs have Welsh accents? But these are rather small inconsistencies. For the most part, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on audiotape is a wonder to behold. This particular tape funs eight hours on tape.
According to avid listeners of book on tapes, many of the other books in the Harry Potter series also make great listening. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fan favorite on audio. This novel sounds great adapted into the audio book format. Jim Dale, a veteran actor of Broadway shows, has a wonderful and distinctive voice that works great on tape. He has a very long and impressive vocal range, and he has the ability to approximate the voice of nearly every character in the novel. For instance, he succeeds in evoking the voice of elves and dwarves in this audio book, and he manages to have every character sound distinctive from one another. The audio version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets runs a bit longer than Harry and the Sorcerer’s Stone. This one runs just about nine hours and takes up six cassettes.
The audio book for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is another recommended addition to your listening library if you enjoy listening to books on tape. This book is a bit slower to start, but once the plot gets going, there is no turning back. Jim Dale once again does a wonderful job at evoking the magic of the world of Harry. Dale has the talent to transport even the most casual listener into Harry’s universe. This book on tape won the S.J.H. Earphones Award. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is especially recommended for older listeners, although as with all the Harry Potter books, mature youngsters will certainly be pleased with this audio version of this popular Harry Potter title. Most Harry Potter book on tape titles can also be purchased on audio CD.
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