Saturday, November 7, 2009

Harry Potter Audio Collection

I've been listening to the Harry Potter series on cd in my car for a few months. To & from work, I've been enjoying the heck out of Jim Dale's great voices.

I am currently on book 5; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


I'm not talking about a book being weakly written (*cough*HP & the Chamber of Secrets*cough*,) or small in length. I'm talking about disliking the book because of some of the threads/plots in it.

I really really really did not like this book in this series. The whole "Umbridge taking over the school thing," the whole "Harry lets her get away with the carving of the hand punishment?" thing, the whole "Harry's being a whiny git thing?" UGH. I was not a fan of this book.

This led me to think about which one is my HANDS-DOWN favorite. For me, it's book 4:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

This book was fantastic fun. The Quidditch World Cup, the Tri-Wizard Tournament, Beauxbaton, Durmstrang, Mad Eye, Karkarov, Nagini, Lord Voldemort's return, Cedric Diggory (*sniff!!!*) This book made me laugh, squeal and cry.

Which one is your favorite?

Take the poll above and comment here as to why it's your favorite.


Anonymous said...

As a teacher, I have to say that Umbridge is done perfectly. So perfectly that I have wondered if J.K. Rowling had experience in education. Just watch someone who thinks of themselves as righteous and is full of bad ideas get a little bit of power in education and see what happens. Like Harry with the writing, all of us end up powerless against the person and try to live with it until you can't.

I don't think it is my favorite and I'm actually not sure which one is. The last few are a bit of a blur for me and I think I need to re-read/re-listen before making that decision.

-Screw (who can't remember her account name, so signs as anonymous)

Anonymous said...

I completely agree that the Order of the Phoenix is worst book of the series. It was so depressing and angry and not fun. I enjoyed The Prisoner of Azkaban the most because it was exciting and had a twist and had some awesome new characters.

Niki said...

Goblet of Fire is also my favorite. I like how it is the linking book between the younger, getting-to-know-the-worl d trilogy and the older, all-out-war trilogy. I think it starts out fun and ends up in a darker place - kinda like being 14.

Coffee Beans said...

I think I like Book 3 the best -- the characters were just starting to grow up, and I liked the background Harry learns about his dad. The twists with Sirius were great too.


Kellis said...

My fav and least fav books are identical to yours! :)