Thursday, 8 October 2009
Book Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Audio book]
Read by Jim Dale
Synopsis: The sixth book of the Harry Potter series continues the darker themes started in previous books. Harry begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort. His history and his methods. Life for Harry also becomes more complicated, his two best friends spend a large portion of the book not talking to each other and Harry starts having feelings for someone. Then there is the ever present feud with Professor Snape, essays to write, Quidditch practices to organize and matches to play, and Professor Slughorn to avoid.
My Thoughts: It is hard to have thoughts about this book without spoiling it for anyone so I am going to say that there may be spoilers here. I love the mixture of absolute hilarity (WonWon and LavLav being a personal favourite of mine) with the seriousness of the growing darkness. I can sometimes feel like Rowling spends a lot of time in her books setting up the action scenes and then they are over in a flash. This is also true in this book. I love the richness this adds to the characters but at the same time it becomes predictive and repetitive at times. I could completely understand Dumbledores frustration with Harry when Harry refuses to let the Snape/Malfoy connection go. But then again I work with teenagers and boy when they internalise something it is STUCK so it is rather in character. On the whole I do love this book even though the ending makes me very sad. Just sad.
Audio book: You can see my thoughts on the narration of Jim Dale here. Since my views are still the same I won't bore you with the same comments again.