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Publisher's Summary

"There it was, hanging in the sky above the school: the blazing green skull with a serpent tongue, the mark Death Eaters left behind whenever they had entered a building...wherever they had murdered...." 

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

Having now become classics of our time, the Harry Potter audiobooks never fail to bring comfort and escapism to listeners of all ages. With its message of hope, belonging, and the enduring power of truth and love, the story of the Boy Who Lived continues to delight generations of new listeners. 

©2005 J.K. Rowling (P)2005 Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

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"To call Dale a 'reader' of books is like saying Monet was a Sunday painter." (Los Angeles Times)

What listeners say about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

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Amazing story and narating

I am 11 years old and I absolutely love this book

The narrating in this book is amazing kudos to the narrator Jim Dale each character has a different voice! and of course the story is very enjoyable and that goes for all the books by J. K. Rowling

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Awesome

I love all the voices Jim Dale does. This book is a lot better as an Audiobook! All and all, loved it

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loved the book!

very addictive book series. great details, plot, and phenomenal narrator. I would recommend the entire series!

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awesome narrative

the narrator is awesome that he performs the dialog as if it is a movie! he gets the accent, the songs, the tones, everything. I enjoyed the book a lot.

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Harry Potter series

I have loved the series since the beginning. I really enjoy the narrators voice. The books leave you wanting more.

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one of the best books in the series

so much is going on again but this was a much easier read than Order of the Phoenix was

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Masterful Narration Continues

Jim Dale continues his masterpiece of narration, drawing the reader on, not as some storytellers do with a tone of gathering round the fire for a great tale, rather, as though seeing, experiencing each moment through the eyes of Harry, Dumbledore, and even Snape (ProFESSOR Snape, Harry!). Having now Audibled (yes, that's a verb in our house) 6 of the 7 Potter books back to back (I'm binge-listening much the way I binge-read the books 12 years ago) I am utterly gobsmacked at Mr. Dale's tireless energy, emotion, pacing and character throughout this series. Every voice distinct, the children's voices maturing in style and tone over the years, the adults remaining flawlessly consistent and true. These recordings are a treasure for any HP fan, and will transport (or rather reapparate) you to that magical realm of Hogwarts, Quidditch pitches, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Privet Drive. Thank you to Ms Rowling for making these favorites available to the Audible audience. And Bravo, Mr Dale.

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Jim Dale is fantastic!

HBP is one of my favorite in the Harry Potter series. JK Rowling delivers drama, suspense, laughs, tenderness, and heartbreak. Kid’s series? Not at all. The plot over the series is complex, surprising, enthralling. Jim Dale is a wizard of a whole different kind, bringing the story to life with wonderful voices and conveyance of emotion for the characters we love. I could not recommend his work more.

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love the story

love the series. Hate the reading. I wish the person reading had been a potterhead, seen the movies, and/or consulted with the author. maybe consulted the author before release or even ANYONE who knows the series listen to it. for such a popular series they sure didn't ensure quality.

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Amazing

The best narrative ever! He does voices for everyone. It makes it so much fun!

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