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Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets Paperback – August 15, 2000
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What makes the Harry Potter series so successful? Maybe it's the fact that J.K. Rowling doesn't write children's books, she writes children's stories, more in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm than Dr. Seuss. The exploits of Harry and his friends captivate even the shortest attention spans by engaging the imagination with vivid characters and fast-moving action, instead of trying to merely catch the eye with colorful pictures or pop-up effects. Not surprisingly, the Potter tales sound wonderful read aloud, and adapt to the audiobook format extremely well. Broadway actor Jim Dale's impressive vocal range gives each character in the book its own distinctive voice--a considerable task, given the pantheon of witches, warlocks, ghosts, ghouls, dwarves, and elves that Harry encounters in his second outing. And thankfully, since the book is read unabridged, no one's favorite character is omitted. Engaging for children without being childish, the audio version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is worthy addition to the deservedly popular series. (Running time: 9 hours, 6 cassettes) --Andrew Nieland --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
Grade 3-8-Fans of the phenomenally popular Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Scholastic, 1998) won't be disappointed when they rejoin Harry, now on break after finishing his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Reluctantly spending the summer with the Dursleys, his mean relatives who fear and detest magic, Harry is soon whisked away by his friends Ron, Fred, and George Weasley, who appear at his window in a flying Ford Anglia to take him away to enjoy the rest of the holidays with their very wizardly family. Things don't go as well, though, when the school term begins. Someone, or something, is (literally) petrifying Hogwarts' residents one by one and leaving threatening messages referring to a Chamber of Secrets and an heir of Slytherin. Somehow, Harry is often around when the attacks happen and he is soon suspected of being the perpetrator. The climax has Harry looking very much like Indiana Jones, battling a giant serpent in the depths of the awesome and terrible Chamber of Secrets. Along with most of the teachers and students introduced in the previous book, Draco Malfoy has returned for his second year and is more despicable than ever. The novel is marked throughout by the same sly and sophisticated humor found in the first book, along with inventive, new, matter-of-fact uses of magic that will once again have readers longing to emulate Harry and his wizard friends.
Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I suggest going through all of the books to make sure nothing like this has happened to you
I was thrilled when the ebooks were finally released but at the same time hesitant to drop nearly $60 on books I already owned several printed copies of. Naturally I completely missed the promotional $15 price, wish I'd heard about it. Still, I couldn't resist the lure of being able to carry all seven books with me wherever I went and finally I gave in.
Totally worth it.
If you like the convenience of having all the books with you, or are just slightly obsessed, I'd get the ebooks. If you don't really care and just read at home, I think the printed box set might actually be slightly cheaper.
The books are super easy to navigate. It's all seven in one huge book, but using the "go to" feature on the kindle I can just jump from book to book, with a table of contents in each book to jump chapters. I haven't experienced any of the glitches some of the other reviews mentioned, but I'm only one book in, so we'll see how it goes.
Was pleasantly surprised to see the drawings left in at the start of each chapter too.
There's not really much else to say. Glad to have yet another copy of these to carry with me everywhere, haha.