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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

Written by: J.K. Rowling
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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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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great story

enchanting story by jk rowling . beautifully narrated. end to end gripping novel with great plotline

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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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Beaky and Black are free....

Masterpiece again...All thanks to Rowling....to always take me to new journey with this movie and make tears roll out with the end...Potterhead forever...

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excellenttttt like all other harry potter books

i lost counts how many times i went through this story. i miss the magic world every noment. please mrs. rowling fill the gaps between destruction of lord voldemort to Harry's son boarding hogwart express. i am a middle aged man begging to live in harry's world.

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Expecto Patronum

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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Stephen Fry is a legend

He's an amazing narrator and makes you feel immersed in the story and it's just like reading it again.

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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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  • Nathalie
  • 17-09-19

Stephen Fry <3

Stephen Fry is the best! He turns this rather good book to an awesome audiobook.

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  • Maja Østbye
  • 12-09-19

Magical

Wonderful to rediscover Rowling's writing after so many years. Having Stephen Fry reading it makes everything even greater. He is great at giving the characters different voices without overdoing it. Never monotonous, never tedius. The story is lovely to listen to, with Rowling's colorful and fun language. I am absorbed in the world of Harry Potter, just as I was as a twelve-year-old when this book was first published.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-09-19

Love it!

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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Alistair
  • 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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  • 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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  • Trinity-Misty
  • 19-12-15

Love it!

I love Harry Potter. I must've read the series at least, I don't know, about sixteen times, maybe more. I've watched all the films and I'm glad this audiobook has finally come out on audible. I've really enjoyed listening to the stories and Stephen Fry performs it very well. I don't even need to recommend it to every Harry Potter fan on audible, because they'll want it as soon as they see it or hear about it. Randomly, I also really like the covers. Especially that of this one, Prisoner of Azkaban.

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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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  • Sue Jackson
  • 15-01-16

Another wonderful book!

If you could sum up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3 in three words, what would they be?

Exciting! Thrilling! Moving!

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

No comparison necessary, stands on its own!

What does Stephen Fry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As much as read WHOLE series as they came out, he lends a special magic sparkle to them! As someone else said in a review "a marriage made in heaven", wholeheartedly agree!!! :D

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

Yes, various to different characters :)

Any additional comments?

Although darker in nature as they go along, there is the basic element of good against evil, love, friendship, support and loyalty theme running through. :)

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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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  • AshPed
  • 19-01-16

Pure Brilliance

Absolutely loved all aspects of the book. Brings my childhood memories back to life. Love it!

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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
  • 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
  • 17-09-19

My Favourite Harry Potter Book.

What a combination, Harry Potter and Stephen Fry. I have througherly enjoyed listening to this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-19

Another winner

An imaginative thrill from beginning to end. Stephen Fry continues to delight as narrator. He becomes part of the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-19

Fantastic

Love Stephen Fry's narration. The story is exciting and captivating even when familiar with the movies and books already.

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  • Captain
  • 03-09-19

BRILLIANT !!!

Another amazing book and another brilliant narration!!! This series only gets better. I am amazed at Stephen assortment of voices!!!

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  • D M Hinchcliffe
  • 02-09-19

Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban! Is the best book ever! 📚📖📓📔📒📕📗📘📙📚📖📓📔📒📕📗📘📙

I love it so much because Stephen Fry is a wonderful narrator, he does really sound like Daniel Radcliffe the actor of Harry Potter! The book is a awesome, I’m already on the 5th Book!