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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

Written by: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 13 hrs and 10 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.... 

Theme music composed by James Hannigan. 

©1999 J.K. Rowling (P)2015 J.K. Rowling

Critic Reviews

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

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Alaina book series. must read

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

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excellent 👍

Narrator Mr . Fry has done an excellent job of an exceptional narrator. JK Rowling of course created a very exciting and gripping story.

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LOVE

My most favourite book of the series relived through the wonderful narration of Stephen Fry. Highly recommend

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Fantastic read

The magic comes live with the voice of Stephen Fry. Loved the audible version as well as the book. It's much better than the movie. 5 star performance.

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Really Awesomely Read

I really loved it. Very awesomely read by the reader. The voice and pronounciation is very clear.

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Amazing

This book was awesome!! Finding out the real person who was the one who should be the prisoner!




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Throughly enjoyed it

What a fantastic listen it was. It was incredibly narrated. Effects created by narration are quite deep. Love Stephen Fry.

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A must listen

Just like how you would still watch the movie, after reading the book, because it's a completely different experience, this audiobook gives you a completely different experience of the book as well. Stephen Fry does a masterful job in bringing the magical world alive with his voice.

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Good

Its a good book. The audiobook is very well performed by Stephen Fry. On to Goblet of fire now!

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Stephen Fry's charm

One of the best voice acting performances.
Always loved Harry Potter stories.... The performance just takes the story to another level.

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  • Patricia Nunes de Assis
  • 19-04-18

Stephen fry is the best

Harry potter is a passion. But fry is the best. He acts and his voice is beautiful. Will buy many of his readings for sure

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  • Margit
  • 22-02-17

Fantastic

This was my third harry potter book in less than 7 days. On day 7 I finished my third harry potter book. Totally addicted. The narrator makes a big difference. Never fire him.

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  • Shaul Meridor
  • 24-06-19

Stephen Fry has done it again.

Everything about it is just amazing.
It’s only too easy to imagine every single word

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  • craiggy
  • 23-05-19

Brillant

I read the books years ago and watched the movies. But I forgot how good the books were compared to the movies. Stephen Fry reading this book was exceptional and I started remembering things which were missed out in the movies.

Thank you audible.

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  • Emelia Bragadottir
  • 09-04-19

The BEST

B E S T

The best impression goes to Hagrid
THE B E S T!!!!!

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  • Souhair
  • 14-03-19

I like Sirius black

I recommend 7+ because of the werewolf and the other scary parts
in this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-03-19

me encanta!

me encantó la narración de Stephen Fry! su actuación para cada personaje es lo mejor y transmite todas las emociones

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-19

Both the story and the reader are great!

The Harry Potter series was great of course. The reader was even more great! I think the whole series, both book and audiobook, are good companion on my way improving my English (I'm native Chinese). After finish reading the books, I tried this audiobook and I find it hard to fall asleep without listening to Harry Potter stories.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 06-06-20

Perfect in all ways

Amazing audiobook, of course I am a big fan of the original written story, however, THIS is just brilliant. Stephen Fry is really wonderful!

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  • Jemma-Jane T.
  • 01-06-20

😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

I love this book, but I hate malfoy,😠😠😠I can hear all the words easily and clearly😊😊😊😊

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  • Simon
  • 26-11-15

The Series Matures

The Prisoner of Azkaban is a little bit longer and has a slightly harder edge than the previous two books. I believe this reflects the natural progression of the the time that the books were written and the fact that much of its intended audience were now that little bit older. That's not to say that all the hallmarks of the previous books aren't there: the great characters; the inventive interpretations of modern life in a world of wizards and the warm humour that infused the previous books.

Fry once again meets the challenge of being an excellent narrator and you feel that by this stage he has a genuine empathy for the stories. I would also add that the books this far explain the Professor Snape character far better than the films which in this case miss his rant about Harry's father. It's true that even Fry can't match Rickman's wonderful portrayal of Snape but the insight we gain into him and his motivations in particular is markedly improved in the books.

This remains a series that has massively broad appeal and there are fewer better ways to spend a credit across Audible.

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  • Sparky89
  • 13-12-15

Great book. Great narrator

Who doesn't like listening to Stephen Fry read Harry Potter?
I love this series, and The Prisoner of Azkaban is no different. Finding out more about Harrys' past is good, I felt that this was slightly darker than the first two, as if written for a larger, wider audience than the first two. Which is no bad thing.

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  • Carole Withane
  • 16-12-15

Stephen Fry gives another cracking performance

Great story brought to life by a great storyteller
Having not read the books, I was so worried the audible version may mash the plot and it wouldn't live up to the great movies I enjoyed with my kids, but, Stephen Fry has made it just so fantastic to listen to the stories again drinking in all the terrific potteresque details

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  • Kimberley
  • 30-12-15

A must have!

What did you like most about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

The one reason I joined Audible was to listen to the Harry Potter series and I couldn't recommend it more. Having never listened to audio books before I didn't know what to expect, particularly as I'm a big fan of the books and films but this is equally as amazing.

Stephen Fry reads this book perfectly and his soothing voice and use of different voices for characters really makes this book. The story is perfect for all the family, you fall in love with the characters and can easily imagine this magical world.

This is a book I could easily listen to over and over again.

What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

Brilliant

Any additional comments?

A must read

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
  • 01-12-15

Fantastic!

The Prisoner of Askaban is definitely my favourite of the Harry Potter stories. It zooms along at a great pace with lots of excitement, one particular favourite bit is the last Quidditch match to win the cup. This story makes the transition between the earlier lighter stories to the later increasingly darker ones. This is the time when Harry Potter finds out that not all things can be made right. A very enjoyable audible for a grey winter's day.

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  • Nephrite
  • 08-08-16

The opus of Harry Potter. EXPECTO PATRONUM!

Where does Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Honestly? You want an honest answer to that question? It's entirely possible that this may be nostalgia talking but I love this book and especially this version as narrated by Stephen Fry. This book in my opinion is where the series truly comes into its own and amongst the other audiobooks I own this rates extremely high! I can still remember when I was young and had some form of insomnia the only thing that could help me sleep was my copy of this or the BBC Radio 4 adaption of The Lord Of The Rings.

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

I suppose the best comparison would be one of the other Potter books. Others have made the apt comparison that compared to Chamber or Philosopher, Azkaban definitely treats the characters and subject matter with much more gravitas and importance. This is shown mostly in the way the other characters interact with Harry and his friends. Unlike Chamber in which the main threat is mostly hinted at, Sirius is treated as no joke - with no time for comedic side adventures - that hangs over the entire plot. This shows Rowling had a good understanding of her audience aging with the books.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Fry’s other performances? How does this one compare?

The Harry Potter series is some of Fry's best work when it comes to narration. His best characters when it comes to this story in particular for me are Sirius and Lupin. He is great as Sirius who perfectly conveys the idea that Sirius is a deep voiced gentleman who hasn't had much reason to use his voice for a long time and as such his voice is becoming a lot more croakey and gravelly. Lupin on the other hand sounds like the kind of good hearted teacher that I remember from my favourite classes. A soft spoken man who for sure could raise his voice when required.

Any additional comments?

If you ever want to give Potter a try on audio don't be afraid to jump in! This story will always make me smile.

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  • Andrea
  • 07-01-16

Excellent

I love all the harry potter because books and am glad they finally come to audible. Stephen fry is also amazing

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  • adrad78
  • 14-01-16

The best yet...

This book was a delight from start to finish. Definitely my favourite of the series so far.

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  • Mrs E J Hudson
  • 28-12-15

loved it amazing

loved it wonderful story and wonderful narrative deffunalty getting the next book in the series

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  • Andrea
  • 25-12-15

Just keeps getting better and better

What did you like most about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3?

The story, the narration and the passion of the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything, the series is just in a league of it's own.

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

All of them!

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to listen to the next one in the series.

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  • Betty Denley
  • 13-12-15

Fantastic

Fantastic narration ,Stephen Fry brings these wonderful stories to life, can't wait for next book.

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  • Tina
  • 26-02-16

This series has become an addiction.

I never thought I would be so taken by a series aimed at teenagers. Really enjoying this, will now download the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-20

😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

My sister doesn't like me doing cause i listen all the time.
I recommend to anyone who is a real potterhead and everyone else.
And who can forget the amazing Stephen Fry just makes this book 👍🏻
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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-19

Who doesn’t love HP?

I love Stephen Fry’s voice. A lovely things to listen to
as you fall asleep.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-18

fantastic narrator.

fantastic narrator!!!!!! love the way he changes his voice for each charter. Brilliant, just brilliant!

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  • Michelle
  • 29-12-15

The best

Mr fry nails the whole set. Adds even more to the story. Builds on from jk.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-20

Where is it?!

I brought this book, but it's not showing up in my library!! Definitely not happy at all!!

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  • Jenny Podorozhnaya
  • 29-06-20

Good

I love Harry Potter and it’s my favourite book ever! You should so read it

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  • Liana Foster
  • 17-06-20

Stephen Fry reading Harry Potter is AMAZING!

I loved the Harry Potter books and movies as a kid and listening to them again now as a adult with hands down my favourite voice Actor Stephen Fry, is incredible! I love these books so much but finding time to sit quietly and read is almost impossible. Listening to them as I drive to work or around town is perfect! thanks Audible!!!

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  • Christine
  • 08-06-20

Nothing short of amazing!

Stephen Fry’s extraordinary narrating skills truly brings J.K. Rowling’s magical story alive. It’s fantastic entertainment.