Reviews for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


AudioFile Reviews 2000 April/May
There are even more verbs than magic (and there's a lot of magic to be had) in the Harry Potter series. Or, perhaps the magic is in the verbs. Jim Dale delivers Harry's second adventure with verve, maintaining total command of the frenetic plot and the multitudinous characters. Harry returns to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry in spite of warnings to stay away from elf Dobby (Dale's most distinctive character, who, like Bob Dole, speaks only in the third person). What does it all have to do with his origins as a wizard? As heroic Harry, cranky Ron and brainy Hermione set off to find out, Dale creates a completely believable parallel world of spells, incantations and transfigurations formerly unknown to us Muggles. E.K.D. ¬ AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine.Copyright 2000 AudioFile Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 April
Gr 4 Up-Harry Potter is even more eager to leave the Dursleys and return to Hogwarts now that he knows about witchcraft, wizardry, and magic and has friends like Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid. J.K. Rowling's bestseller is presented enthusiastically by Jim Dale. Each character's personality comes through in clear descriptive tones. Listeners will enjoy hearing all the difficult words pronounced easily and clearly. It is a plus for American children to hear a British actor read the book with proper pronunciations. This recording is a wonderful addition to library collections and will make the story accessible to youngsters who might be overwhelmed by the length of the book and the complexity of some of the words.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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