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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

Written by: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 21 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...." 

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny.... 

Theme music composed by James Hannigan. 

©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

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"A marriage made in heaven, Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter." (The Times)

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amazing book series

Movies are nothing compared to books. And audible is totally a different level. Amazing book series. most purchase.

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Beautifully narrated

loved it a lot! very gripping till the end, addictive! Stephen Fry has done a great work here!

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A true justice to Dumbledore

Every bit n moment alive as read n listen...Thank you...audible...Love u Harry Potter You will the best part of my life...

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Breath -Taking

Harry starts discovering the darkest secrets of Lord Voldemort, Lots of mysteries, Harry & Dumbeldore at their best. Hearth breaking end.💔
Amazing narration, great plot.
Thanks Audible.

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All time favorite book series!!

This audiobook and Stephen fry has done this story justice!! This will always remain the most painful, heartbreaking and important book of HP series!!

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The Hunt Begins

It started with this book, which became the series of life time.

You will love it from the first sentence “The Boy who lived” till not just end of this book but till the end of the last chapter, last word of this series last book.

Alert: You will be spending 7 credit as soon as you hear the sample of this thats how brilliant it is.

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  • Eirik
  • 10-05-16

masterly written and performed

One of my favorite Harry Potter books! read magnifivently by Stephen Fry. This book has it all!

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  • Shay
  • 10-04-17

MY FAVORITE

I remember the first time i actually read this book. i knew then it will always be my favorite one. it carries so much emotions and breaks my heart into a million pieces. Listening to it being narrated for the first time - by Stephen - made the book so much more intense. his narration s so on point, he had the hairs on my neck up listening to him.

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  • Matthew
  • 04-11-19

Harry Potter

It’s a really good book and I suggest you tie read this magical page turner

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  • Shaul Meridor
  • 31-10-19

Stephen Fry has done it again

Every single audio I book I finish, I truly believe that that’s it. He has reached the limit. He read a book in the the best ways possible, but here I am again, speechless for another truly amazing, even record breaking audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-10-19

Excellent!

Everything was almost perfect, though Stephen Fry's singing fell short of my expectation, knowing that Jim Dale had done a wonderful job at it. All in all, great book and performance!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-10-19

Adventure in every page.....

An awesome and thoroughly enjoyable rendition of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!!! Riveting, funny and quite the page turner this masterpiece toys with your deepest emotions of love, loss and desire for adventure and belonging to something out of the ordinary. Highly recommended for your next read!

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  • Sophie
  • 06-10-19

it was great<br />

it was a good book and i love so so so so much thank you

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  • Tim S.
  • 01-10-19

Another brilliant performance of a fantastic story

A captivating story and just so entertaining. I was so angry with certain characters by the end of this book that I was almost ready to give up on the series. After a short break I was back in there though, and the final book is TOTALLY worth it.

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  • Ellen Grini
  • 15-09-19

Love it ^^

Love this book :) it is the third or forth time I listen to it, but I am sure it will not be the last. Stephen Fry is just wonderful to listen to. He is doing such a wonderful job, not just whis this book, but the entire series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-19

Wow

I must say This was a wonderful journey and amazing reading by Stephen Fry! I am such a big Harry Potter fan and usually never get emotional but I cannot lie, I cried(several times), laughed and just generally REALLY enjoyed the book!! This however is the first book I’m experiencing the audiobook way having read all the books before ofc. I am now so incredibly hyped for the last book and thinking about rewatching all the films as well since I love them too! And I would also like to say thank you from the deepest depth of my heart to JK Rowling for making these books and hope other people can enjoy them as I have!

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  • Simon
  • 18-12-15

Twists, turns and shocks!

This is the sixth of the magical seven, each developing the story and leading to the climactic finale in The Deathly Hallows. JK Rowling uses The Half Blood Prince to further ensnare the reader into the twists that are to reveal themselves in the final conclusion of the story.

Part of the skill really is that these characters genuinely grow as they progress through their school years. As in real life with that growth comes responsibility. Once again Harry is pitted up against his now traditional enemies. Increasingly he starts to see shades of grey rather than simple black and white issues while the stakes become increasingly high.

There are twists, turns, surprises and shocks including for anyone who doesn’t know the stories a huge one at the end which I certainly wouldn’t reveal as it really is a huge development. This is something that continues into the final book so be prepared to constantly re-evaluate characters. The identity of the Half Blood Prince I found particularly intriguing and on first encounter with the stories didn’t see it coming at all.

The depth of the mysterious plot is increased by the beautiful marriage of the antiquities of the wizardly world and the seedier side of modern society such as government corruption and the modern media. The latter most ably represented by the brilliantly presented Rita Skeeter, a journalist so awful she could grace any of our tabloids!

I’m very glad that the author took the longer form for the final few books. This story and its characters needed that depth and the genuine cleverness of this book should not be fully judged in my opinion until the final book, The Deathly Hallows has also been finished. I’ll say no more.

The narration of course, the Master Fryer, little need be said other than a quick “Bravo!”.

One small note. I see all of these books listed under “Children : 8-10”. I would never seek to advise any parents on what their children should or should not read (within reason) and I was happy to let my daughter read these at age 10 when she asked. However, the books changed quite distinctly with the ages of the main characters. A line or two is bound to have been crossed so some parents may well want to review a plot synopsis or research these later books before making a decision on them. Not my call but I suspect some parents might just draw the line for a sensitive 8 or 9 year old.


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  • chloeparrot
  • 16-01-17

Excellent performance by Stephen Fry

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, yes, yes - an excellent performance by Stephen Fry of an enthralling, and well told story. Recommended for children of all ages.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6?

Oh so many - when Harry realised that the Half Blood Prince was Snape, the fact that Hermione got annoyed that Harry was doing better than her in Potions, Harry's fight with Malfoy - just to name a few.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Fry – was your favourite?

All of them

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

Neither - just enjoyed it.

Any additional comments?

Somewhat different to the film - so should be read first.

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  • Mia
  • 23-02-19

couldn't put is down

got to be one of my favourite books economic
very cheaper got better than the last.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-17

Harry and the half blood Prince

This Harry potter book is so full of excitement and it makes it Silk good.

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  • lilmissb
  • 23-05-18

well read

Well narrated by Stephen Fry - great use of different voices and accent for different characters and not at all monotone or mundane

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  • SiCal74
  • 17-11-19

Yyyeeeettttt

Yeet Yeet.is called yet cause do you need to poo or pee? I need a pee.

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  • Sam mc
  • 16-11-19

Wow this is the beast book ever I love it when it gets to the point where it so funny

This is the best part in the middle East to a amazing how was yours truly love that movie and then we have no problem I think that

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  • Leanne Brocklehurst
  • 14-11-19

One word - amazing!!!

Brilliant, just brilliant. Immersive, fantastical and just downright amazing. Every wonderful word you can think of, use it to describe this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-19

amazing book!!! i loved it!! HARRY POTTER RULES!!!

loved it, it was an amazing book! loved everything about it JK Rowling is a great author!

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  • maggiedav
  • 12-11-19

The best yet.

Stephen Fry's brilliant reading of the penultimate volume could not be bettered. He captured the characters, their quirks, the interplay and the humour superbly and each time I listen, another facet is revealed. And to have all seven books so easily accessible is a gift in itself.

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  • Carolyn
  • 01-08-16

Stephen Fry is a master! Again!

one of the saddest, most shocking books of the series and Stephen Fry conveys all of it brilliantly! can't thankyou enough!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-16

Nothing better.

Brilliant!
Perfect reading of a perfect story.
Not to be missed by young or old.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-02-19

excellent

great story supported by great voice acting by Stephen Fry. as always recommended read especially if you liked the previous books. probably not a good book to start from though (as its the second last one)

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  • kristine
  • 30-07-17

Roses review

This book is an amazing book I loved Stephen fry's reading expressions


I would recommend this book for ages 9+ I give this book a ten out of ten for everything

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  • V. Stacey
  • 05-08-16

awesome

Stephen Fry brings this story alive like no other could. can listen to this over and over!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-19

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Dee booook is vewy coll and I think u wood lik it. I’m riting dis cus I got 2

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  • Jane Holder
  • 19-10-19

Just wonderful

Stephen Fry is a wonderful narrator. He really captures the personality of all the characters. A joy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-19

audio troubles

had some trouble with audio in this one. some of the chapters would be really static-y and cut out (sorry didn't record which ones)

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  • Shakira
  • 30-06-19

Stephen Fry ❤️

As always, very much the typical greatness of Stephen Fry and the much loved Harry Potter series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-06-19

Beat one yet

Will be my favourite book always, very sad but very good. Love it so much 👍