Reviews for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows : Library Edition

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #6
Dale here does his usual heroic job of delineating the multitude of characters' voices and tackling the complexities of the plot as Harry searches for horcruxes and deathly hallows; for his own sense of morality in the face of revelations about Dumbledore's past and Snape's surprising loves and loyalties; and, ultimately, for the Truth with a capital T. Dale gamely keeps the energy level high as Harry manages his myriad hairsbreadth escapes from the Death Eaters and Lord Voldemort. But the narrator's great gift for comedy has precious little outlet in this, the darkest, talkiest, and last of the seven books. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 September

Gr 6 Up--Listeners may want to linger over Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Scholastic, 2007) since this is J. K. Rowling's last installment in her universally successful fantasy series. Howeverm the high-tension adventures of Harry assisted by Hermione and Ron will immediately draw everyone into the quest to vanquish Voldemort. With the Dark Lord in control of the Ministry of Magic, the trio uses their combined wizardly talents to stay hidden as they follow Dumbledore's assignment to destroy the dangerous horcruxes. Finding those fragmented pieces of their enemy's soul lead the friends to angry arguments, near fatal encounters and, occasionally, humorous episodes. Pursuing Dumbledore's oblique clues also reveal the truth behind a powerful, death-defying magic wand and stone, but that knowledge threatens to sidetrack the teens. The final confrontation is a bloody battle at Hogworts that involves the vast cast of creatures, allies and foes from the previous six volumes. In the end, Harry learns unexpected truths that are pivotal in the concluding struggle between good and evil. Narrator Jim Dale again serves up superbly distinctive characters and adds excitement when he narrates action scenes. Creating more than 200 voices for the Potter series, Dale has not only brought a rich vocal presence to the text, but he's also set an audiobook record for the number of characters portrayed. For those who've enjoyed the print version of the book, listening to this recording will extend and enhance the inspiring climax to this legendary septet.--Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT

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