Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone


Now that the last one’s out, I reckoned that it was time to give these another go. Stephen Fry reads these audio books and is very good. I read the first two back in the late 90s but got bored with them. It’s more enjoyable to have Stephen read them to me I think – very entertaining.


As for the story, well, it’s predictable and essentially not terribly gripping, but it is a kids’ book after all. I like it well enough to listen to the rest of them and, having two young ‘uns, it’s a reasonable assumption that these will be a good investment.

When all’s said and done, knowing what I know of the series, I prefer the Narnia chronicles and even the Hobbit. That might change as I get through the series though, you never know.

So, bring on the Chamber!



  1. Steve Betz says:

    Cams — you know, I nearly bailed after the first two as well, thinking “pffft — kids’ books.”  — but I will admit that JKR does a good job of maturing the stories and characters as they progress.

  2. That’s good to hear, Steve. Thanks! 

  3. Lightchaser says:

    I’ll always prefer Narnia and LOTR to Harry Potter, but what I like about HP is in fact how contemporary it is. I don’t know whether kids from two generations later will identify with it the way young people do now, but I’ve really enjoyed the series. I don’t think it’s a classic or anything, just gripping and fun.