Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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169 of 199 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2005
Nunca se deberia traducir palabras como "embarrased" a "embarazado". No tiene sentido. Le quita la dicha a uno de leer este libro. Lo compre para leereselo a mi hijo pequeno y tengo que siempre cambiarle las palabras "al vuelo" para que las oraciones tengan sentido. Una lastima que una obra tan buena se feamente desmejorada por la pesima traduccion
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62 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2006
It's a shame that such a wonderful book was translated so poorly. The translator, Alicia Dellepiane, has a tendency to translate literally. For example, she translated to "have a fit" (referring to the baby, Dudley, on the second page of the book), as "tenía un berrinche." In Mexico it's "hacía un berrinche" and in much of Latin America it's "daba un berrinche." Errors such as this one abound. It's awkward for readers who know Spanish well and misleading for those who might pick up this book to study Spanish.

I rate the English version as five star.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2010
The translation of this book into spanish is "literary" literal.... I started to read it, but, as a spanish native speaker, it did not move me. It was not to my reading standard. The story line, didn't make sense sometimes.... Better stay with the english version. I got more out of the rich language of this book.
Good for english speakers, though! Who want the exact translation of the words.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2009
I love this story, but the translation is not good. Several passages were changed from the English language version. The cause of a tantrum was alterted from a lack of ice cream to a too-small sandwich. A pet toad was changed to a tortoise/turtle. There were several other liberties taken in addition.
This is a good book, but a poor translation.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 12, 2001
The translation is very bad. Just a couple exampleS: in the original version, Neville's pet is a toad; in the translation, it is a turtle. In the original · In the original, the bank of the gringotts is managed by goblin; In the translation, this bank is managed by gnomes. (I haven't read the second one, so I don't know how the translator is going to solve this problem when the Weasleys have to de-gnome the garden, are they going to try it at the bank? Or the bank itself is a garden?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2015
Picture looked like this was the book, instead I get a book of 'posters', which wasn't even exciting. Oh well, win some lose some.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2015
The item was supposed to be in good shape: it was all bent and the pages were turned down. This is not what I call good shape. The book looks like it's going to tear itself apart each time I want to open it. I don't even dare using it.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2015
I love the series read so many times. Loved the books were avail on unlimited, saddened to find it riddled with errors. What happened?
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64 of 118 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2012
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone is one of the great books of our era. Please do not interpret this review as concerning the BOOK; it concerns the PRODUCT on offer - the Kindle version that forces you to buy through Pottermore.

My experience with Pottermore is perhaps the worst e-commerce experience I've had in half a decade. I attempted to buy the book from my Kindle, failed, then tried from my PC using Chrome (failed) and IE (failed). The result was the same on each attempt, a seemingly-endless churn followed by "The Webpage cannot be Displayed". This amazingly frustrating experience was followed, 12 hours later, by the discovery that Pottermore had charged my card.

Okay, I thought, maybe the purchase went through and the site just glitched. Yay! I can get my e-Hogwarts after all! But no, Pottermore says that I have nothing in "My Books" and "My Orders" says that I never made a purchase. In other words, to add (financial) injury to insult (or at least aggravation), they took my money and gave me no book.

I have no idea what business decision drove Scholastic and Rowlings to build Pottermore, nor what e-commerce newbies they chose to build it. I only hope that they will eventually come to their senses and sell through Amazon, a company with the ability and experience to actually fulfill eBook orders (and customer expectations). Until that time, I will content myself with my tattered paper copies when I need a wizarding fix.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 5, 2015
This book arrived with torn pages. Very disappointed. It was supposed to be new, not used!
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