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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1) (original 1997; edition 1999)

by J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale (Narrator)

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Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Authors:J.K. Rowling
Other authors:Jim Dale (Narrator)
Info:Listening Library (Audio) (1999), Edition: Unabridged CD, Audio CD
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***
Tags:wizards, witches, school, audiobook

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (1997)

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What can I say? Harry is great. Rowling does such an excellent job creating this alternate world, full of so much detail that the reader's imagination has no limits. This is akin to the Star Wars universe. So many opportunities to use this book with students.
  hugo.johnson | Aug 13, 2014 |
The book that led me through life, there will never be one so flawless again. ( )
  writercity | Aug 13, 2014 |
I'm ju-u-ust heading into my twenties, and I had never read a Harry Potter book before. I figured I was probably too old to enjoy them by now, but I decided to pick a used copy up for fifty cents at a library fundraiser.

Wow! I have not had such a quick, purely enjoyable read in a while. Everything about it oozes fun - Rowling is great at painting mental pictures, and her characters warmed my heart with their familiarity and depth.

Depth. In a kids' book. Who'd have thought?

I honestly didn't know what I had been missing, but I'm an avid fan and catching up quickly! ( )
  zhyatt | Aug 12, 2014 |
“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Incredible, magical and totally hilarious. Spell awestruck. M-E. I can't believe I've put off reading this book for years. Well, now at least I know what the fuss is all about. I really wished I've read this sooner!

The plot:

It was unique and exceptionally good. I can't help but loved Hogwarts and wished it to be a real school. The classes are so cool, I mean, we all wished somehow to learn how to fly sometime in our lives, right?

The world building is fascinating. I was truly delighted while exploring Harry's world, learning about those complicated things like Quidditch, the houses, the sorting hat! At first, I was having a hard time dealing with them but then again that's common when starting books.

The characters:

Harry Potter. I admire Harry for even though he grew up in a family that treated him like dirt, he still managed to have a brave and kind heart. He has serious self-worth issues at first but he managed to somehow overcome them.

“Don't play," said Hermione at once.
"Say you're ill," said Ron.
"Pretend to break your leg," Hermione suggested.
"Really break your leg," said Ron.”


The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione is amazing. The bonds between them was formed by really extraordinary circumstances. Hermione Granger is such a headstrong girl. Obviously, she's a good company and influence to have. A little bit of a perfectionist at the beginning but she started to loosen up by the end of the book. Ron Weasley is a great friend and sidekick. He's fiercely loyal and I'm happy Harry and Ron stick together since the beginning.

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to
our enemies, but just as much to stand up to
our friends.”


The other characters were introduced and portrayed perfectly. The Dursley Family annoyed me so much, I mean, Harry slept in the cupboards? :O Draco Malfoy sucks and I just know that he's going to be some kind of a villain in the next books.

Everyone added something to fuel my interest more, as if it needed fueling. I can't wait to hear about Harry and his gang's next adventure!

The ending:

It was so awesome! I was really shocked at the turn of some events and I did not expect that one guy to be the villain at all!

Okay. I didn't need to say anything more. Definitely looking forward to continuing this series. :) ( )
  margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Incredible, magical and totally hilarious. Spell awestruck. M-E. I can't believe I've put off reading this book for years. Well, now at least I know what the fuss is all about. I really wished I've read this sooner!

The plot:

It was unique and exceptionally good. I can't help but loved Hogwarts and wished it to be a real school. The classes are so cool, I mean, we all wished somehow to learn how to fly sometime in our lives, right?

The world building is fascinating. I was truly delighted while exploring Harry's world, learning about those complicated things like Quidditch, the houses, the sorting hat! At first, I was having a hard time dealing with them but then again that's common when starting books.

The characters:

Harry Potter. I admire Harry for even though he grew up in a family that treated him like dirt, he still managed to have a brave and kind heart. He has serious self-worth issues at first but he managed to somehow overcome them.

“Don't play," said Hermione at once.
"Say you're ill," said Ron.
"Pretend to break your leg," Hermione suggested.
"Really break your leg," said Ron.”


The friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione is amazing. The bonds between them was formed by really extraordinary circumstances. Hermione Granger is such a headstrong girl. Obviously, she's a good company and influence to have. A little bit of a perfectionist at the beginning but she started to loosen up by the end of the book. Ron Weasley is a great friend and sidekick. He's fiercely loyal and I'm happy Harry and Ron stick together since the beginning.

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to
our enemies, but just as much to stand up to
our friends.”


The other characters were introduced and portrayed perfectly. The Dursley Family annoyed me so much, I mean, Harry slept in the cupboards? :O Draco Malfoy sucks and I just know that he's going to be some kind of a villain in the next books.

Everyone added something to fuel my interest more, as if it needed fueling. I can't wait to hear about Harry and his gang's next adventure!

The ending:

It was so awesome! I was really shocked at the turn of some events and I did not expect that one guy to be the villain at all!

Okay. I didn't need to say anything more. Definitely looking forward to continuing this series. :) ( )
1 vote margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
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On the whole, ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'' is as funny, moving and impressive as the story behind its writing. J. K. Rowling, a teacher by training, was a 30-year-old single mother living on welfare in a cold one-bedroom flat in Edinburgh when she began writing it in longhand during her baby daughter's nap times. But like Harry Potter, she had wizardry inside, and has soared beyond her modest Muggle surroundings to achieve something quite special.
 
The light-hearted caper travels through the territory owned by the late Roald Dahl, especially in the treatment of the bad guys — they are uniformly as unshadedly awful as possible —but the tone is a great deal more affectionate. A charming and readable romp with a most sympathetic hero and filled with delightful magic details.
 
Dragones y Monstruos
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
J. K. Rowlingprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dale, JimNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries-Gedin, LenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
GrandPré, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kapari, JaanaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kibuishi, KazuCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riglietti, SerenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, ThomasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vierikko, VesaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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for Jessica, who loves stories,
for Anne, who loved them too,
and for Di, who heard this one first.
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Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
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The wand chooses the wizard, remember…I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter…After all, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named did great things - terrible, yes, but great.
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Initially published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
The change to 'Sorcerer' is in the US title.
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Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter has spent 11 awful years living with his mean aunt, uncle, and cousin Dudley. But everything changes for Harry when an owl delivers a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a school for wizards. At this special school, Harry finds friends, aerial sports, and magic in everything from classes to meals, as well as a great destiny that's been waiting for him...if Harry can survive the encounter. From an author who has been compared to C. S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, this enchanting, funny debut novel won England's National Book Award and the prestigious Smarties Prize. 

(Charles Duff Review below)

What else can you say about Harry Potter....phenomena...landmark...revolutionary...historic.  Whether its read to young children or children read it themselves.  Harry Potter is removed from the torment of his Aunt and Uncle and attends the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  It's almost an automatic choice for independent reading.  English teachers could use this, since so many read it, to offer up blogging opportunities for sharing thoughts and opinions on the text.  Here is a link for teachers on some teaching resources for the Harry Potter series: http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/teac...
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Harry's a wizard
studies magic at Hogwarts
fights possessed teacher
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Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.

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