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2.0 out of 5 starsFont size and spacing way too small
Reviewed in Canada on September 4, 2020
Not really liking this. The book is nice to look at and the story is great, the the font size and spacing make this book really difficult to read. Oddly, the first 3 books in the series were great in this regard, but this one and Goblet of Fire are too hard to read. Might end up going digital for the rest of the series with my Kobo. Too bad, as the experience of sitting down with my daughter and reading these from her growing "collection" was really fun for both of us. I'm sure we'll enjoy the digital versions just fine, but a physical book was a better fit for this.
I made a deal with my 10 year old daughter. I would order this book if she finsihed reading the first 4. I also said I would read them as well to see what all the excitement was about. I read the first 4 books very quickly and loved them. We ended up reading the Phoenix together, with 2 different bookmarks!! I couldn't put it down!! I finished first! I am very impressed at the way this book was written - my 10 year old loves it and it held my interest very well as well which says quite a bit for an author who writes "kids" books! This series is amazing. I cannot wait for the next book. The prophecy at the end of the book sets up the next book and any book after really - a fight between good and evil. A lot is explained in this book. I would read it again and probably will while waiting for the next book. Hopefully we won't have to wait to long!!
3.0 out of 5 starsThe series moves foward albeit rather slowly as Harry becomes an angst-ridden teenager
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2018
Well, I think any reviewer daring to criticise a Harry Potter story is on a hiding to nothing, but honestly this one was a bit of a struggle. The first three books are relatively fast moving and suit a young audience, and obviously much shorter. Number 4, The Goblet of Fire, is over 600 pages, and was too much of a challenge for my 9 year old boy who lost interest halfway through. I am determined to finish the series, having come this far, and managed to plow through all 800 pages here. The story in this episode is rather slow developing, and frankly the editor must have been asleep on the job. There are numerous scenes that could have been removed and offer little to advance the story. It was really quite repetitive in places, and there are some many scenes that I felt I'd read before in other episodes. In this book Harry becomes an angst-ridden and often angry teenager whilst Hermione and Ron offer some stability, and Snape shows his usual over the top nastiness. Although the plotting of the Prisoner of Azkhaban (Vol. 3) was well done and quite clever, I thought the Goblet of Fire was a little creaky in this regard, but here it becomes almost silly. There is no credible explanation why The Ministry turn against Dumbledore so spectacularly and the actions of Dolores Umbridge seem unbelievable. Also the sinister Death Eaters seem comically inept in the climatic scenes. The later books seem to me that the series isn't well mapped out and we are introduced to some characters and details that had no mention in previous books. However, I guess I shouldn't lose sight of the fact that this is basically a series for children who won't over analyse the plotting. But then at 800 pages of text that is sometimes slow moving and repetitive, maybe JKR shouldn't either! This is my least favourite in the series so far; Prisoner of Azkhaban is the one I most enjoyed.
1.0 out of 5 starsBeware different narrator - US version
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 30, 2018
I searched for audio version narrated by Stephen Fry and it took me to audible edition. I changed it to audio CD and placed order. When it came it is the US version narrated by Jim Dale. If you zoom in on pic it does say this in blurry writing at bottom of cover but nowhere in the written description did it tell me by changing format the narrator had changed. Jim Dale may be fine but we've been listening to Fry so have ordered his version from elsewhere as no idea which you get through third parties on Amazon. In fairness returns are easy with Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 starsRelationships, Loss and Witchcraft
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2018
I am 78 but I read all the Potter books and love the characters. I had to keep up with the grandchildren, so thank you JK Rowling for writing such an interesting series. I love the imagination and inventiveness involved in these stories. They are all page-turners, and I couldn't wait to read the next story in the series.... This one is a little bit sad, but so much happens that I cant wait to see what happens in the next book... JK Rowling must go down as one of our best story writers for children. The books are a large chunk of a young boys life, peppered with witchcraft, and the skills necessary to fight the dark side. Hermione and Ron, Harry's friends are an essential part of the stories. The relationship between the 3 is absorbing and intriguing. Its as much about relationships as it is about witchcraft!