Harry Potter has spent the first 10 years of his life at the mercy of the dreadful Dursleys--the aunt, uncle, and fat spoilt brat of a cousin who reluctantly gave him a home after the death of his mother and father. But on his 11th birthday Harry discovers that he is no ordinary boy and despite the best efforts of his hideous relatives, he escapes to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his new life as a trainee wizard. And the rest, as they say, is history...
As Harry battles against the evils thrown in his path, Stephen Fry injects the proceedings with a wry, dry and extremely contagious humour that perfectly suits the tale, wringing out the best in Harry and his cohorts as they get to grips with their new lives at the sharp end of Hogwarts. Fry’s innate upper-class drone is perfectly suited to telling this most magical tale, cracking into the high-pitched squawking of Hermione the swat, or the gentle tones of the firm but fair Dumbledore, or the evil sniping of slimy Snape at precisely the right moments.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is a fine story and much has been written about its success but until you have heard Fry’s cracking reading of this most magical of stories then you simply haven’t lived. As with any audio book, this one is perfect for car journeys and an ideal way of introducing reluctant readers to the magic of Harry Potter. (Ages 9 and over) --Susan Harrison
Running time: 8 hrs 25 mins