I am not sure if I have ever mentioned this before (probably not), but ever since I first started blogging about books, I have often casually wondered about how it would have been if I had started blogging & recording my thoughts about books ever since I first started reading them.
Well okay, I don’t mean first literally here – that would have been way too soon. But you know what I mean, in my tweens/early teens when I first began seriously exploring the world of books.
If I had indeed started blogging back then, I can only imagine how wonderful it would have been now to go back and read the posts that I wrote, as I discovered my childhood favorites, especially the Harry Potter series.
Because these books were the reason I fell in love with reading in the first place, so it would have been interesting to read my first impressions of a book series that began my love affair with books. Interesting and…. impossible now, as we cannot go back and change the past. Sigh.
But anyway.. recently I reconnected with my favorite series in a different format, and while it’s nowhere near the same thing as discovering Harry Potter for the first time, this experience was wonderful in its own special way.
Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – Audiobook Review
Okay, so like I mentioned earlier, this is not my first time reading Harry Potter, though it’s my first time listening to it on audio, which is why this review is essentially my thoughts on the audio experience, and just random insights from re-reading Harry Potter after all these years.
Now, I must admit, that going in, I fully expected to like it, because it’s Harry Potter after all, what’s not to like? Though what I did not expect, was to fall in love with it, because well, I was skeptical about the audio format.
So if you have similar reservations like I did, don’t even worry about it. This story is every bit as magical in the audio format as it was in print.
Though I guess what made this experience better was the fact that it’d been quite some time since my last reading of Harry Potter, and the details had gotten kinda hazy in my mind, so it was almost like re-discovering one of my favorite stories of all time in a new format, which was an incredible experience.
Now did I get any new insights into the story? NO. But then I wasn’t expecting to. Since I had read/re-read and dissected the initial Harry Potter books more times than I would like to admit, it would have been a miracle for me to find new information.
But you know what they say about re-reading a book that you truly love? You almost never leave empty handed from the experience.
I enjoyed re-discovering the wonder of Hogwarts, and all the firsts that Harry went through in this book, and also re-connecting with Ron, Hermoine, Neville, Dumbledore & everyone else really.
It was an interesting nostalgic experience, difficult to explain, but in a very weird way it was almost like re-connecting with myself, with the person who I was all those years back, when I first read Harry Potter.
Strange how human mind works, right? Strange how these things called books hold so much more than the characters & stories written within them!
Recommendation (For Audio)
Okay, as far as this book/series goes, of-course I recommend it to everyone on this planet, but I’d recommend the audio format only for re-reads.
And I’m possibly biased here, but according to me this story unfolds best on paper, though like I said, this is not an objective opinion, so take it with a pinch of salt.
But for re-reads/listens, this version narrated by Jim Dale is pretty darn good, and does complete justice to the original, which is saying a lot.
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That is all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you. Have you listened to this series on audio? Or any of your old favorites on audio? How did you find the experience?
Oh and for people who haven’t yet started with audiobooks, I feel like listening to your old favorites is a great place to start. You already have familiarity, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to understand or losing track, and it also gives you a chance to reconnect with your favorite books and characters while you do your household chores. Win-Win!
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