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post Aug 4 2005, 04:10 PM
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post Aug 18 2005, 03:25 PM
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Personally I thought the first one was atrocious. I read it to see what all the fuss was about and didn't bother with any of the others for years. It was only when working in a store room one Christmas and having the audio books around that I listened to the next two which were a bit better. The first book is very much 'here's a chapter, and it has one event in it. There is the event. Now the chapter will end'... All the way through.

It's just as well that people disagree with me on this otherwise lots of kids would probably never have got into doing any reading (although there is some evidence to suggest that kids who only started with Harry Potter haven't then begun reading other books).

I recently listened to The Goblet of Fire and that had moments that were very well written, in particular the first chapter is a very tight, tense piece of writing. I found it very annoying that all through there was the mystery of 'who's trying to kill Harry?' and there was absolutely no way of guessing because Rowling left the vital clues out of the text, presumably to preserve the surprise. The trouble is that when you're lining up a surprise twist then you write in a particular style, but she wrote the book as a detective story without giving you all the clues. I found that really irritating and it marred the whole thing for me, which up to that point I had been really enjoying.

I'm currently listening to The Order Of The Phoenix, aka 'Isn't Harry being grumpy?', but I'm reserving judgement until I've got the end. Stephen Fry was a brilliant choice of reader on the audio books and makes even Rowling's stilted digalogue fun to listen to.

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- mc joe   whats the best harry potter book?   Aug 4 2005, 04:10 PM
- - Rob Lee n Joe   QUOTE (mc joe @ Aug 4 2005, 04:10 PM)harry po...   Aug 4 2005, 04:12 PM
- - PsychWardMike   Okay, your polls are getting out of hand you two (...   Aug 4 2005, 04:17 PM
|- - ravein   QUOTE (PsychWardMike @ Aug 4 2005, 12:17 PM)O...   Aug 4 2005, 04:35 PM
- - BlueOrange25   I voted for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkab...   Aug 12 2005, 07:45 PM
- - Marriegold   The first book. When you start reading and realise...   Aug 18 2005, 11:52 AM
- - Mata   Personally I thought the first one was atrocious. ...   Aug 18 2005, 03:25 PM
- - moop   Ah, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one w...   Aug 18 2005, 07:15 PM
|- - Sir_Psycho_Sexy   QUOTE (moop @ Aug 18 2005, 07:15 PM)I'm p...   Aug 19 2005, 12:16 PM
- - crazymat   I found the first two books boring. The last one w...   Aug 19 2005, 12:09 AM
- - Greeneyes   Also nulled. I read the first two out of curiosity...   Aug 19 2005, 12:37 AM
- - I_am_the_best   I nulled the vote. I quite enjoy the books, they...   Aug 19 2005, 01:19 PM
- - moop   QUOTE (Sir_Psycho_Sexy @ Aug 19 2005, 01:16 P...   Aug 19 2005, 08:22 PM
|- - little_bear   QUOTE (moop @ Aug 19 2005, 09:22 PM)QUOTE (Si...   Aug 19 2005, 09:07 PM
|- - I_am_the_best   QUOTE (moop @ Aug 19 2005, 08:22 PM)QUOTE (Si...   Aug 21 2005, 12:26 PM
- - moop   QUOTE (I_am_the_best @ Aug 21 2005, 01:26 PM)...   Aug 22 2005, 09:58 PM
- - CheeseMoose   Personally, I liked the fifth book more than the o...   Aug 23 2005, 08:54 AM
- - Mata   The first film was diabolically bad, but the combi...   Aug 26 2005, 06:02 PM
- - Mittens322   I found the first one to be completely lame. If I ...   Sep 7 2005, 08:41 PM

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