Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Audiobook Review: Harry Potter & Chamber of Secrets [Harry Potter #2] by J.K. Rowling


Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
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Narrator: Stephen Fry
Series: Harry Potter #2
Source: Midas PR
Running Time: 10 hours 8 minutes
Publisher: Pottermore from J.K. Rowling
Publication Date: 20th November 2015
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone.... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
My Thoughts
I was late to the phenomenon that is Harry Potter, and missed the publication of the first few books, so when I finally did read them, it was a binge read to get ready for the publication of book 5, and I haven't really picked them up since. Getting to listen to the books lets me revisit this world at whatever time I want, when travelling, cleaning, and even at night. Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter world. Harry is in his second year of Hogwarts, but his return to school isn't as easy as he expected, especially with the unwanted help of a house elf called Dobby.

Chamber of Secrets brings a whole new element to this world in the form of a diary belonging to Tom Riddle, and something mysteriously petrifying students, ghosts, and animals. We learn about the history of the school and a hidden chamber that no-one could find. Harry also learns more about his past, and an unwanted ability he has been left with...but one that comes in very handy.

A new teacher has also been employed for the Defense Against the Dark Arts lesson, Gilderoy Lockhart. Not only is Gilderoy a waste of space, he is extremely self-centered and thinks he can do anything and everything, but he also makes for some funny reading, especially when his suggestions are quickly quashed, and unwanted tasks are given to him easily.

Narration
Once again, Stephen Fry is the narrator for Chamber of Secrets, and he does a fantastic job. I really enjoy the different accents and voices he does for the characters, and occasionally Gilderoy Lockhart did sound like David Frost.

Final Verdict
Chamber of Secrets was a book I really enjoyed, I love everything about this world, and the narration just fits with is perfectly. I loved getting to spend another year at Hogwarts and catch up with some old friends. I can't wait to make a start on the next book.

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