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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

Written by: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Jim Dale
Series: Harry Potter, Book 3, Wizarding World, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

"'Welcome to the Knight Bus, emergency transport for the stranded witch or wizard. Just stick out your wand hand, step on board and we can take you anywhere you want to go.'" 

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss.... 

©1999 J.K. Rowling (P)1999 Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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"To call Dale a 'reader' of books is like saying Monet was a Sunday painter." (Los Angeles Times)

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Best book in the series

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban is amazing in and all by itself. The narrator just takes it to another level. #Audible1

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me love this book so much but Iove the

amazing twosome good great 👍👍👍👍 I love love love love love love love love love

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Perfect

This is one of my favourites from the series and I was not disappointed at all! Jim Dale's narrative is addictive.

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Great book!

loved the book! very easy to immerse yourself completely in the book and just imagine the shenanigans that they get into. and then absolutely fantastic ending is usually very light and happy

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the best book ever!

I have no words to describe it it was that amazing! the narrator was great.

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I loved it

*Leni*Age 8

This is on my favorite ones but my favorite one it’s still going to be harry Potter and the chamber of secrets my favorite part was when they saved Buck beak and serious black😊
I would give it a five ⭐️ review

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Jim Dale

I hope to find more of Jim Dale’s work. Captivating performance, very well done. Thank you.

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Not the best Harry potter book

It has nothing to do with lord Voldemort. kind of.But everything else is perfect.Not my favourite book though.

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Jim Dale Forever

I understand most people prefer Stephen Fry, but Jim Dale is definitely the best narrator!

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Great Book

Some audio quality issue, voice becomes fast /slow or background noises, overall nothing too annoying.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-05

not a huge fan of the narrator.

good book, nice to go back and relive my childhood, but the reader pronounces Voldemort "voldemore" through out the book and it annoyed me greatly.

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  • Andrew
  • 2017-11-23

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good

Story: The story continues... and gets even better! As I mentioned in my review of Chamber of Secrets, it becomes more and more clear how J.K. Rowling brilliantly created the world of Harry Potter. The characters continue to develop, new characters add to the story and the world continues to unfold in every book. The story seems to flow effortlessly from one book to the next. My favorite part of this particular book that was omitted from the movies and I didn't know about until now... The Marauders. I knew of the map, sure, but the amount of detail, backstory, everything about the Marauders added so much more to this book than I thought possible.

Performance: Gosh, once again the performance is stellar! I feel as though Jim Dale is really engaging with the characters and therefore is able to capture them quite well. I gave this a four star again because of this audio issue - the audio pauses for a few seconds making me think there is an error with the audiobook (starting to think I'm the only one with this issue). That said, the narration itself is performed wonderfully!

Overall: Seriously, how do these books get better and better?! One thing I failed to mention on the previous two books is just how much better the books are compared to the movies (but when is that not the case?). This is my first time reading / listening to this series, but still, I almost can't believe the amount of detail in the books that make them so much better and more enjoyable. Prisoner of Azkaban doesn't disappoint!

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 2015-11-22

The Threat From Within

What did you love best about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

The increasing suspense as it becomes clear that there is an intruder in the castle who will stop at nothing in their quest to murder Harry....as his parents before him were brutally murdered.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

The discovery of the true identity of the traitor, and the way in which he was able to infiltrate the castle. I also roared with laughter at Lee Jordan's commentary during the Quidditch Final match, loved the revelation of the way in which Hermione was able to complete the heaviest courseload in Third Year history, and was chilled by Professor Trelawney's eerie trance-state prediction regarding Harry's ultimate fate.

What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Jim Dale BECOMES these characters; they come to life thanks to his expert reading, the entertainment value of which exceeds that of the somewhat disjointed and frantically paced film version.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No tears yet....those are coming in Books 5-7, I think...but LOTS of laughs, and more than a few chills and goosebumps moments!

Any additional comments?

[PLEASE PRESS 'YES' IF THIS REVIEW WAS EVEN SLIGHTLY HELPFUL!! THANK YOU!!!]

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  • rottndachs
  • 2016-01-12

Jim Dale at his best

I was so excited to hear that Audible got the rights to Harry Potter. My introduction to audio books began with Harry Potter. Jim Dale's voice and delivery brought to life characters that J. K. Rowling created on paper. Very few books have given me driveway moments, minutes spent listening to the end of a chapter, long after arriving home.
Thank you again to all for providing me an escape from the real world of muggles.

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  • Kelly Creason
  • 2020-05-18

Narration can be irritating

I still wonder why Stphen Fry's narration of the series was not made available to US audiences. He is so much better. Dale's pronunciation of Harry's name by Hermione (Harreeeee) is so wrong. I don't care for his voicing of the female professors, either...they're all sputtering and sound like they've got a mouthful of jawbreakers.

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  • Jessica Bender
  • 2019-11-06

great book, ok audio

harry potter is of course wonderful. grew up teadi g these. the narration is good, minus the mispronounced words. like did the narrator never see an interview with j.k. rowling? obviosly its pronounced voldemort and not voldemore. and a few others. but its not to hard to get past those for the great listen.

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  • Nyisha Johnson
  • 2015-12-04

Amazing Story! Poor App

What made the experience of listening to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 the most enjoyable?

Jim Dale's character voices.

What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 to and why?

No comparison period.

What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

I like the tone of his voice; I feel like this is the movie version but better.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Starring Jim Dale as Everyone!

Any additional comments?

Audible, even though I love that you have added Harry Potter to your list of books I am also upset that each chapter of every Harry Potter book is missing it's chapter title which ruins the experience of this wonderful story but it is also disrespectful to J.K. Rowling and the art form of writing to totally disregard what Rowling wrote. If Rowling wanted the chapters to just be numbered she could have easily done that; she didn't; she named every chapter; the chapter titles enhance the experience not just an after thought. They are also functional because I may not always use the bookmarks or remember the number of the chapter I left off at. Often times I spot the chapters name and immediately know where I am in the story. You are the only app that I know of that doesn't include the chapter titles in there app. Please change your app to include the chapter titles for all digital audiobooks you sell.

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  • Debbi
  • 2015-12-17

We love all the Harry Potter books....

Absolutely fantastic... Jim Dale's character voices are perfect! J K Rowling's characters come to life.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 2017-01-03

Remarkable

We all need fantasy to turn to when reality closes in. The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Peter Pan and now Harry Potter lead the way. Any one of these does the trick for me.

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  • Alexa
  • 2019-08-07

These books changed my life

we all know it's the best written, most creative, most enchanting spectacular world created in our minds by her writing skills. there is not a single complaint you can say besides it over. thank you jk for bringing my love of books out of me.

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