The Harry Potter books series have made unparalleled sales History. The print versions of the books have sold over 325 million copies with 4 movies been made to date. The success of the Harry Potter series has given Rowling considerable notoriety and wealth with The Harry Potter brand estimated to be $4 billion dollars.
J K Rowling the creator of Harry Potter gave birth to the idea of Harry whilst traveling on a crowded train to London from Manchester. The audio book version of the Half blood Prince sold over 635,000 copies, making it the largest initial print in audio book history. Jim Dale who is the narrator of the Harry Potter audio books holds the Guinness book record for having created the most voices for an audiobook.
The world craves Harry Potter, whether from the famous books, blockbuster movies, video games, or narrated books. In fact, the Harry Potter audio books are almost as popular as the hardcover editions of the series, proving that “books on tape” have come a long way since being introduced to the world many years ago.
The Harry Potter series are available in more than one format, from downloadable mp3s to books on CD and tape. Children love listening to the adventures of Harry Potter just as much as they love reading the original books, and for parents, the audio versions of the story have a lot of advantages.
The enormous popularity of Harry Potter spans the globe thanks to the masterful storytelling of the talented J. k. Rowling, whose writing speaks to a wide range of people from all backgrounds and age groups.
The Harry Potter’s series are a special treat – the magic of Harry’s world truly comes alive through the mesmerizing voice of Jim Dale, the Grammy Award winning reader of this popular recorded book series. He brilliantly animates each and every character in a way that will make you smile from ear-to-ear.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Book 1)
Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That’s because he’s being raised by his miserable muggle aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he’s a wizard, just as his parents were But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright.
From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
The Dursleys were so mean that hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike. And strike it does.
For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seems minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone–or something–starts turning Hogwarts students to stone.
Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects…Harry Potter himself?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
For twelve long years, the dread fortress of Azkaban held an infamous prisoner named Sirius Black. Convicted of killing thirteen people with a single curse, he was said to be the heir apparent to the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Now he has escaped, leaving only two clues as to where he might be headed: Harry Potter’s defeat of You-Know-Who was Black’s downfall as well, and the Azkaban guards heard Black muttering in his sleep, “He’s at Hogwarts…he’s at Hogwarts.”
Harry Potter isn’t safe, not even within the walls of his magical school, surrounded by his friends. Because on top of it all, there may well be a traitor in their midst.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year of magical adventures in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. This year Harry turns 14 and becomes interested in girls — one in particular. And with Dark Magic comes danger, as someone close to Harry dies. J.K. Rowling has a wonderful imagination and a great sense of humor. Readers will also be able to relate to the wizard teenager’s dilemmas.
The suspense and foreshadowing will keep you wanting to read more. A climax even more spectacular than that of Azkaban will leave readers breathless.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)
There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it’s haunting Harry Potter’s dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Here are just a few things on Harry’s mind: A Defense against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey. A venomous, disgruntled house-elf. Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team.
The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams . . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling’s seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts.
Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew, boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot, listeners will race through these tapes and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses. And yet…As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate-and lose a few eyebrows in the process.
The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince. So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multi layered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort -and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter novel series by J. K. Rowling. Released on July 21, 2007, the much awaited book brought to an end the series that began with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, way back in 1997. This last book archives the events directly, following Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005), the previous book in the series.
With this, ends the long-awaited struggle between Harry Potter and his allies, and the influential and ever-more-powerful Lord Voldemort and his servants, the Death Eaters. Record breaking sale Released globally across 93 countries, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow’s has broken all the existing sales records, making its mark as the fastest-selling book ever.
More than eleven million copies of the book are already sold within 24 hours of its release. Until this release, Half-Blood Prince held the record, with nine million sales in its very first day of release. The book wins critical acclaim Much in Deathly Hallows remains as before – the amorous detailed description of this other universe that allows its avid fans to debate the precise effects of a curse or a spell for weeks, the complex way by which the fates hands, or Dumbledore’s will, are played out.
Overall, the books conclusion and determination of its main characters’ has certain convincing inevitability, making some of the pre-publication speculation look curiously blinkered in retrospect. The 600-page fantasy reads well, flowing nicely at a good pace. Yes, it is bloody and dark, but then what else do you look forward to with Voldermort around?
However, there are others who feel that it could have been better. This side of readers opined that the book missed plot twists, which is invariably expected from all Harry Potter books. They even argue to the point that, much of the book was rather predictable, though not to say that it wasn’t a pleasant romp through the concluding saga of the boy wizard.
One thing that strikes readers throughout the book is its visual and an almost cinematic appeal. It is obvious that the book was conceived in a manner that would not become too difficult to turn into a script.
Once again, its Grammy Award achiever Dale’s voice to grip over you! The Listening Library declared that this final Harry Potter book, which is 784 pages, would be of 21-hour duration on audio. Jim Dale is superb as always, he breezes through the 200 characters giving each there own distinctive voice. One word, Fantastic!