Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (英語) CD – 完全版, 2002/10/21
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This release is complete and unabridged with not a word added nor a word taken out.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
this second instalment of the Harry Potter adventures is available on both cassette and CD with Stephen Fry as the narrator.
A review from The Times said that "Stephen Fry is your Potter-perfect narrator" and The Guardian considers that "Fry's reading is sublime".
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone made history when it was broadcast in its entirety on Boxing Day 2000 on Radio 4.
By this time, I got to know the characters introduced in Volume 1 better, and this is probably the primary reason that I enjoyed this volume more than the previous one.
For those who have already purchased the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you already know what a treat this book will be. It has over 100 new images by award winning illustrator Jim Kay, which truly take the story and open it into a piece of art. There can be no understating the illustrations: they are amazing. The book itself is a piece of art. Under the jacket it is a gorgeous hardback with gold lettering, the paper is thick and substantial, with a glossy finish, and the images are everywhere: from the chapter introductions and throughout, with some illustrations spanning across both pages.
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets since I finished the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Some people might wonder why I'd buy another version of any of the Harry Potter books, but this is an absolute MUST HAVE if you even so much as LOVE Harry Potter and the wizarding world in general. Jim Kay has always brought JK Rowling's wizarding world to life, but these illustrated editions just take it to a whole new, exciting, and fantastic level.
Part of the joy of reading (at least for me) has always been bringing the words on pages alive in my own imagination. This may seem counter-intuitive to my raving review, but what if I told you that almost everything illustrated was at the very least close to what I had always imagined? It's probably part of the brilliance of JKR's vibrant descriptions, but it's still pretty cool when you see them.
The illustrated edition of Chamber of Secrets is phenomenal in short. Inside the cover you see the Hogwarts Greenhouses, and it only gets better from there! Pictures of mandrakes, an illustration of Hagrid which is absolutely awesome, Fawkes, they just add so much to the story, especially for the new readers. I would like to say I could totally use LESS of the illustrations of the acromantuals! GROSS! Not only are they all over the contents pages, but there are WAY too many full page(s) photos of these gross spiders! PASS! My two favorites though are the illustrations of the phoenix and of Dobby!
I could laud over the illustrations for a year, but I won't. What I love about this book (and for the whole collection of illustrated editions I hope!) is that this is the version I can see first introducing my (future) children to Harry Potter with. I put these on my bookshelves waiting for the day when I can show my kids the wonderful world that has filled my life with such fun and fantasy.
The book DOES include the full text of Chamber of Secrets in case any of you were wondering, it just also includes some fantastic illustrations from Jim Kay!
The book itself is a piece of art. Under the jacket it is a gorgeous hardback with gold lettering, the paper is thick and substantial, with a glossy finish, and the images are everywhere: from the chapter introductions and throughout, with some illustrations spanning across both pages.
There is no reason to go through the plot, since those who are buying this have undoubtedly read the series before. In short, this is the art-lover’s version of an epic book (one of the best ones, I think) and an edition that will simply delight all those little ones who love “seeing” the story.
The best features:
1. Underneath the book jacket, the novel is bound in a sturdy orange hardback with green lettering on the spine.
2. The paper is thick with an eggshell glossy finish.
3. All chapter intros are illustrated.
4. Some images take up full pages or multiple pages. Most illustrations share the page with text.
5. Every inch of the book is illustrated or decorated in some fashion. There are NO white pages in the book. Even the pages without large illustrations have the paper printed and marked with ink blots or paper "stains". In Chamber of Secrets (compared to Sorcerer's Stone), some pages even have beautiful patterns over the entire page. One page has a spider-web pattern and is right next to a picture of Aragog. Quite brilliant overall.
If you love Harry Potter, don't hesitate. Collect these editions! You and your family will love this for a long, long time! I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to read the series (again, or for the first time), especially if you plan to read this with someone younger. Based on the fact that the illustrations for this book were even better than in the first book, I'm now looking forward to the rest of the series even more. Prisoner of Azkaban is next and I'm heartbroken it'll be so long before I get to have it in my collection.
The Chamber of Secrets is the mystery story where Hogwarts muggle students turn into stone. And it lays much more of a foundation of the larger story than the first book. This is where Tom Riddle is introduced and where he turns into Voldemort to fight Harry. Several interesting new characters make their first appearance as well in this book; vain Professor Lockhart and Colin Creevy. And a troublesome spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom. Of course Harry’s old enemies, Malfoy and Snape, have a prominent role. There is an interesting underlying theme of muggle-hatred that fed to some healthy discussion with my daughter.
This is my 8-year old daughter’s second ‘real’ book, as she proudly calls it – as this is a hard cover bound book that is very different than her vast collection of colourful girly picture books. I must say the colourful hard-cover version is actually quite nice and will last subsequent reading when the owner's little brother is bound to pick it op in due course.
Our daughter has seen all the Harry Potter movies, which she thoroughly enjoyed. So she has now started to read the first few books. The books are great and she is quite encouraged to actually pick it up and continue the read - as there is lots of additional Potterish detail and trivia left out from the movies that she is keen to pick up. Given that we got a her an overpriced Hermione wand, she is particularly interested in the spells. And she found a number of entertaining story elements like part of the ‘wizard's duel’ that never made it into the movie.
In the end the book is highly relatable to kids as it describes the big and small challenges that kids face every day. It shows how the characters deal with unfairness, anxiety and how boring and challenging school can be.
Somehow I have the feeling this is one of those children's books my daughter will read and reread into adulthood.