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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

Written by: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
5 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin! 

Theme music composed by James Hannigan.

©1997 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 story

It has adventure, excitement, magic, imagination and a lot of morals. Truly great!! Love it

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Fell in love all over again

Wonderful narration by Stephen Fry, loved the overall experience.
would definitely recommend it if you are a harry potter fan and never read the books before.

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Brilliant experience

An excellent rendition in the audiobook format of a nice book. Thoroughly enjoyable and an immersive experience

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Amazing Story, re-lived..!

Harry Potter is my favourite fantasy story, all thanks to J K Rowling for writing such a wonderful and amazing fantasy world which if anyone starts reading feel themself a part of it. I have nothing more to say about JK Rowling which haven't been said before, she is an amazing and remarkable writer..

But I have something to say about Stephen Fry, sir hat's off to you. The way you have narrated this book, I re-lived this journey of Harry to hogwarts for the 1st time again. The way you distinguished each character with different voices was mind blowing, it kept me listening to this audiobook for hours(exactly in 3 go I finished the whole book :-)). So I want to give Stephen special credit for making my 1st audiobook experience out of the world.

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absolute delight

loved it, a dream come true for potterheads , narration is captivating, the books were already so much fun, these audiobooks made them even more fascinating...

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It could be better

It would be better if any sound effect was there while reading out....it would be interesting.

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Dreamy!!

I loved it.
The narrator has done complete justice to the book.
It's way better than the movie.

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In love with Potter!

What a beautifully written story, with such vivid imagery that you can practically see the scenes.
Everyone should read this book...if you wanna get lost in the magical world.

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The boy who lived

And this all started with this amazing first part.....Most amazing to listen the book...just feel like watching

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A beautiful world

loved it, brilliant narration, will listen again and again. a must listened to for everone

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  • Marek
  • 25-12-15

Magical!

I've never got to the Harry Potter books. I love the movies and the games, however I have never actually read the books. Therefore, I decided, that my first audiobook from Audible will be Phillosopher's Stone. It was captivating from start to finish, making my eyes literally water with some kind of nostalgia at some places. I don't think anyone else would have narrated it better than Stephen Fry. His amazing voice brings every character to life and creates an exquisite atmosphere throughout the whole story. Now I can't wait to buy the rest of the HP audiobooks!

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  • Gvido
  • 03-02-16

At last!!!

I was waiting for this for some time – and it was worth the waiting time!!! Wow!!! Stephen Fry lifts J.K.Rowlings fantastic Harry Potter to another dimension!!! Wow again!

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • graham Rowan
  • 22-03-16

The Harry Potter Series

Would you listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 again? Why?

I would listen to this book again in fact I would listen to any of the Potter books again because I can always learn something different every time I read them.

What other book might you compare Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 to and why?

Harry Potter has ideas expressed in other books but this is something different. I can relate to this world in many ways an orphan not loved by his guardians not told anything about where he comes from hears it from a completed e stranger goes to a magical school discovers his enemy is not actually d

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene is when Hagrid gives Dudly a pig tail it is just so funny.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment which moves me is when Dumbledore says this. To the well organized mind, death is just another adventure.

Any additional comments?

Don't try to compare Stephen Fry's readings with Jim Dale there are 2 different styles both of which blend themselves with the uniqueness of this series.

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  • Julian
  • 21-12-16

great fan<br />

i love this book. great story greatly told. i am looking forward to hear the other books as well

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  • Norine
  • 18-12-16

Whimsical & Enchanting

As I was listening to Stephen Fry's narration, I was also reading the book. Mr. Fry helped the story leap of the pages and brought all the characters to live. He turned a pleasant experience into a a truly marvelous one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-12-16

The first bool of my favourite series!

Loved the way it was narrated, made me feel like I was in the the world of Harry Potter.

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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 16-10-16

Amazed

I have never read the book, now questions of time and then interest. My young self thought that the movies were enough but when I grew up I realize that I was missing something.

Thank you for showing me what I was missing in the stories that I loved as movies.

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  • Juanchi
  • 19-08-16

Awesome

There has never been someone more appropiate to perform the reading than Strphen Fry. A wonderful story + such a great performer = an excelent experience. I'm so getting the other audibles by him (Even though I've already read the books tons of times and watched the movies on several ocations)

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  • Dresas
  • 08-03-16

Magic

It took me a long time to start to read Harry Potter. I have no regrets.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-19

Fabulous

Love being able to hear these wonderful stories narrated by Stephen Fry! I’ve read the books once a year for years and this is a new experience. Stephen Fry brings the Characters to life in a whole new way!

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  • Simon
  • 20-11-15

Perfectly Fryed Potter

If ever a series didn't need introducing it has to be J.K. Rowling's stunning Harry Potter! As soon as I saw this was available the only question on my mind was whether or not the narrator would do it justice. This is a big pair of reading glasses to fill!

Well, they only went and got Stephen Fry! He is superb! His voice fits Rowling's work to a tee and the story unfolds through his quintessential English being delivered with huge aplomb. Of course we do all know that this series grew in stature and maturity with its audience. There are tougher, longer books ahead of this one that have more of a cutting edge to them. So can he keep it up? Well based on this first volume there is little doubt in my mind that he will!

Potter fans can rest assured that this audiobook does Rowling's work full justice!

See you in Hogwarts!

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  • joanne
  • 17-12-15

love it

I will always love harry potter, no matter how old I am. Stephen Fry was lovely to listen to and I felt like he really put his love into performing this.

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  • Mikey
  • 17-01-16

Great job by narrator

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What a fantastic rendition to arguably one of the greatest fictional series of all time. Stephen Fry does a marvellous job; with fantastic switching between characters and dialogue to some pretty impressive impersonations. Narrating the Harry Potter series is no mean feat, something even Fry should be proud of achieving in his career.

I won't waste your time telling you this is an enchanted tale about a young wizard who goes to Hogwarts school to learn magic. All I will say is this: Stephen Fry and audible have done Rowling proud with a superb telling of a superb story. I'm off to listen to Chamber of Secrets now. Enjoy!


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  • Cyberspark13
  • 25-11-15

Fry gives magical performance.

Mr Fry does a superb reading of this enjoyable book. Really brought the books back to life for me.

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  • tootelm
  • 24-11-15

Thank goodness

Iv been waiting for ages for Harry potter to become available. I love the way Steven Fry reads it x

24 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • 21-11-15

A must buy

A famous book that is a must listen to. Great start to the 7 book series. Super voices

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  • Ruth
  • 20-11-15

yay

Finally the reason why wanted audible is now here. This is great. Can't wait to get stuck in

31 of 41 people found this review helpful

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  • GailCleaver
  • 20-11-15

Finally!

The wonderful narration of these books by Stephen Fry, the reason why I have this app! At long last.

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  • Benjy1702
  • 22-11-15

Amazing

What made the experience of listening to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

So happy i can finally listen to this on audible. Had these on cassette years ago and loved every second of them. Stephen Fry is the most amazing narrator and could not have done a better performance. So happy.

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  • LJ
  • 05-12-15

Simply Wonderful

Would you listen to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 again? Why?

Yes! This is my second time listening to this title, having also read it many many times. Stephen Fry is absolutely perfect. He portrays the characters so well; he is such a natural, much better than the terrible overacting in the films!

What did you like best about this story?

It's absolutely gripping. It really draws you in and is a great 'adventure'

Any additional comments?

I can't recommend this enough. Even if you have previously read the books, the audiobook versions are something absolutely magical.

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  • John
  • 19-09-16

Stephen Fry was brilliant

A fantastic book narrated brilliantly by Stephen Fry. As someone who had seen the movie but was never able to read past the first chapter or two of the book, finding it dull compared to the action of the movie. This audiobook was absolutely perfect, helped very much by Stephen Frys narration (I especially liked his Hagrid voice). I couldn't stop listening and can now say without a doubt that the book is better than the movie.

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  • Hannah
  • 19-01-17

A must listen

Growing up, I would stand in line waiting for each new Harry Potter book to be released. The books captured my imagination and allowed me to escape into another world.
Now, having seen the movies & re-read the books many times, it's magical to listen to Stephen Fry read the stories out loud.
A must download

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  • Deborah
  • 03-12-15

Wonderful

An expressive and animated performance of a classic story. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. The characters were brought to life by Stephen Fry well worth a listen.

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  • Shadow
  • 03-02-17

Enchanting

Had never read a book or watched a movie - then I fell in love.

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  • MARIA COUTAS
  • 13-10-16

Revisiting an old friend

Sometimes, you just need a little make believe to get you through reality 😊. Loved coming back to this story and Stephen Fry is so easy to listen to. Makes the characters come alive.

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  • Oscar
  • 28-12-15

Yass

This was amazing!!!

A. The book is amazing

B. Stephen Fry is a perfect narrator!

You must listen to this even if you're not a big fan of Harry Potter.

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  • Amelia
  • 08-03-17

Excellent all around

Best story ever, read by a great narrator. The only sad point is that the series doesn't go on forever.

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  • Melissa Van Twest
  • 07-02-17

What a spellbinding narration by Stephen Fry!

I was a little skeptical about audio books at first but soon found myself absolutely enthralled by Stephen Fry's energetic and lively narration. He made me laugh, gasp and miss my tram stop, all while revisiting one of my favourite book series in a new and exciting way.

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  • Satheesh
  • 04-02-17

Stephen Fry has done it!!

In my opinion, Stephen Fry is the best narrator ever. His voice acting was marvellous and helped build scenes and characters in my mind very vividly.

Once you start it, its very hard to put it down. Its addictive!! I might listen to it again once i get thru the series.

I am on to the next book now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-18

Can't go wrong reading the HP series

Brilliant book and narration! I haven't read this series in over 17 years and it's a pleasure to revisit this masterpiece!

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