The Tales of Beedle the Bard: A Harry Potter Hogwarts Library Book Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"The heroes and heroines who triumph in his stories are not those with the most powerful magic, but rather those who demonstrate the most kindness, common sense and ingenuity."
As every fan of the Harry Potter stories knows, the shelves of the Hogwarts Library are home to all sorts of fascinating books. There are three in particular you might have heard mentioned by certain Hogwarts students and that you can add to your listening list too, including The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
As familiar to Hogwarts students as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are to Muggle children, Beedle's stories are a collection of popular fairy tales written for young witches and wizards. So, if you're wondering what's in store...well, your ears are in for a treat.
Once you've checked this fabulous Hogwarts Library book out, you'll start by hearing the author's introduction, read by Sally Mortemore (librarian Madam Pince from the Harry Potter films). Then it's time for the tales to begin....
You'll laugh along to "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot" as you listen to the havoc wreaked by a father's impish gift to his son, read by Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick - Harry Potter films).
"The Fountain of Fair Fortune" will take you on a quest through an enchanted garden, alongside three witches and a luckless knight, read by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood - Harry Potter films).
In "The Warlock's Hairy Heart", you'll be warned about a young warlock who is fearful of love and turns to dark magic to avoid it at all costs, read by Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy - Harry Potter films).
The calamitous meeting of a foolish king, a cunning charlatan, and a mischievous washerwoman unravels in "Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump", read by Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley - Harry Potter films).
And finally, the most iconic of Beedle's stories. "The Tale of the Three Brothers" - with its message of humility and wisdom - will introduce you, dear listener, to the Deathly Hallows, read by Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, London's West End and New York's Broadway).
Each of the tales is accompanied by wise and whimsical notes from a certain Albus Dumbledore, surely everyone's favorite headmaster, read by Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore - Fantastic Beasts films).
We're told these five fables have been firm favorites in wizarding households for centuries, and now it's your turn to experience these tales from the Wizarding World as you've never heard them before.
Fans of The Tales of Beedle the Bard are sure to enjoy the other Hogwarts Library books: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages.
At least 90 percent of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to The Lumos Foundation for their work to help children worldwide out of institutions, so they can thrive in loving families and communities. The Lumos Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales with registered charity number 1112575 and in the USA (EIN 47-2301085).
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|Listening Length||1 hour and 35 minutes|
|Narrator||Warwick Davis, Noma Dumezweni, Jason Isaacs, Jude Law, Evanna Lynch, Sally Mortemore, Bonnie Wright|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 31, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,096 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2018
Let me say that again...
$100... for a book. In these tough times we live in where people are losing jobs and houses..
I paid $100 for a book.
So for 4 months while I was wondering what the hell was I thinking, all I could do was hope that the book delivered it's hype, both with it's stories and the quality of the edition itself.
And to be honest, I couldn't be happier with the outcome of both.
When the day it was being delivered came I was beyond excited. I was watching for that UPS truck like I haven't eaten in weeks and the driver was bringing me a giant Twinkie. When the package was finally delivered after what felt like the longest day in the history of the world I felt like a little school girl (which I'm not) when I read the printing on box. I'm not going into details about the box because I'm sure that people who don't even like Harry Potter know what the thing says. Anyways, I opened the box so quickly yet so carefully I felt like I was about to implode. When I finally got to the goods after paper, cardboard, plastic, and more cardboard, I was taken back by how nicely done the entire thing was put together. It's something that when held you just feel like it's an object taken right from the books (the Harry Potter series.) I feel that for fans it's a no brainer to have this edition of the book.
And to tell you the truth, the Collectors Edition is the only way to read it because of the feel of it and the place that it puts you in when you have it in your hands. To make it understandable let me say that if you pass it up and just get the regular version it'll be like going into an ice cream parlor and ordering a hot fudge sundae with whipped cream, nuts and a cherry and the guy gives you a scoop of chocolate yogurt. You know something is not right and something's missing but you eat it anyway because you figure, "hey, I like chocolate."
And if you're reading this and that's your attitude then go ahead and go crazy with your chocolate yogurt. Just know that you're reading this because something inside you really does want this Collectors Edition. And if you go ahead and get the regular edition and feel that something missing, I'll be too busy reading these amazing stories to hear you kicking yourself in the ....
Oh yeah, the stories!
This is already a long enough review so let me get to the point. The stories in this book are something else. Sure, if you really think about it you'd swear you've heard them before, but that's the beauty of it, you haven't. It's 5 unique stories that really do feel like they've been read to young witches and wizards for years. Stories that carry the same morals and lessons that we've learned from our own tales of old. There's even one story in here that made me read it twice because I couldn't believe how dark and twisted it was. While I was reading this book I honestly saw myself reading it to my future children as bedtime stories (besides that twisted one.) The entire book can be read in a day or less but how many times have you read or stood to listen tales like Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Cinderella? And it's because of that fact that I cannot stress my argument enough. Would you read these wizard tales to your kids from a nice little book that looks like it came from somewhere and means something, or a regular ol' looking hardback?
The choice is yours. I made mine.. and it tastes like hot fudge.
The stories themselves are short and moralistic, but as one would expect from Rowling, utterly fantastic. The stories deal with themes familiar to any children's story: the importance of being generous and kind to one another, other stories emphasizing the value of love, and the final stories lessons on dying and death: it will come for us all, there is nothing one can do to avoid it, so make the most of the time you have. Great lessons, all. But it was Rowlings unique way of telling the stories that so enraptured me.
The stories are playful (Rowling, perhaps realizing the darkness of some of the themes makes a joke at those who wish to "sanitize" stories or make them over-sweet), yet have a serious tone to them. Following each story is a commentary by Dumbledore, with footnotes by Rowling to clarify points and provide explaination to references not made in the Harry Potter series.
While I am told the Collector's Edition is no longer in print, I do recommned the stories. Rowling is a master story-teller, as she once again demonstrates through these marvelous tales.
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The first time I heard of The Tales of Beedle the Bard was - of course - in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And I laughed out loud, crying and giggling for minutes when I first heard of Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump.
My favourite tale is The Fountain of Fair Fortune. It just warms my heart every single time I read it. It's quite the opposite of The Warlock's Hairy Heart, but in a way, I still love the utter disgust and shock it produces.
Dumbledore's notes are pretty spectacular as well. I love how he shamelessly tells Lucius Malfoy off in his letter about banning a tale from the Hogwarts Library. And by Merlin's Beard is Aberforth so fascinated by goats? It's always going to remain a mystery to me.
This is an amazing, original collection of wondrous and beautiful, cruel and magical tales. If someone can create fairytales that feel like they could be in Grimm's collection, then it's definitely J. K. Rowling. I never thought it possible that someone could write a fairytale, that feels as old and as magical as the ones I grew up with. But I also never thought that a writer could have such an impact on my life.
I’d have liked to have read the ‘Three Brothers’ before reading ‘Deadly Hallows’ - YMMV!
THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT!