• Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (97,651 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

‘You are sharing the Dark Lord's thoughts and emotions. The Headmaster thinks it inadvisable for this to continue. He wishes me to teach you how to close your mind to the Dark Lord.'

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time...

Having become classics of our time, the Harry Potter stories never fail to bring comfort and escapism. With their 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.    

©2003 J.K. Rowling (P)2003 Listening Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

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

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The Most Imperfect Harry Potter Book

This is a great Harry Potter book. I was always of the belief that the middle books (3, 4, 5) were the best because they explore more mature themes and have a darker tone. However, as compelling as the story for Order of the Phoenix is — it is horribly bloated. There is too much padding that deviates from the main plot line of the book. This book would benefit greatly from trimming the fat. The book would be more streamlined, and the reader would be able to remain engaged in the main story rather than suffer through long periods of nothing happening. Unfortunately J.K. Rowling simply can’t resist her maximalist tendencies.

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Favorite Harry Potter book so far!

I've been rereading the series thru Audible, and I always seem to say to every book I've finished as the best one.

However, I think this is really my favorite for now since things have become gloomier and Harry becoming more mature at the end of the book. The entire book had me at the edge of my seat constantly and was always surprised on how JK Rowling could create such an extensive and creative world.

As for Jim Dale's narration, I only have positive things to say. He made me appreciate the book more.

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Best narration ever

We all know the story and how fantasyRowling is as a writer. But Jim Dale...? Best ever narrator. I listen to 4-7 books/month (while jogging). He’s so much better than anyone it doesn’t even matter what the story is.

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No regrets.

I bought Audible because of the Harry Pottet series. The voices he has for each of the characters and the emphasis he has on words make it sound like real conversations.

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This book is so good

OMG OMG OMG I am a GINORMOUS fan of Harry Potter and love this book SOOOOOO much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Action at its best

The books just get better and better. The narration is awesome. I find myself cheering out loud when something good happens for Harry. LOVE these books

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favourite

amazing book for mystery and fantasy lovers.I love it so much. it is really interesting.

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A step down from previous books

We all know the book is spectacular. No qualms there. But the audiobook made some strange choices with the recording and narration that really took me out of the story.

1. For the previous 4 books, Dale has pronounced “Voldemort” with a silent “T” in a very French manner. No issues there. Rowling herein has said that’s how it’s pronounced. But suddenly in this book Dale pronounces the T at the end VERY prominently. It wouldn’t be a big deal if it wasn’t SO inconsistent from the other readings he’d done. If you’re listening to all the books in order, it’s very jarring to hear everyone suddenly pronouncing the character’s name differently.

2. The voice he gave to Luna is so bizarre. It’s described as light and airy, but the voice he gives her sounds like that gruff uncle whose had too much to drink at the New Year’s Eve party. It’s very distracting.

3. I don’t know if this particular audiobook was rushed or something, but the editing is very odd in places. Randomly throughout the story, there will be an extremely long unnecessary pause in between paragraphs that leads you to believe the app crashed or something.

I’ve been very impressed with Jim Dale’s performance and the audiobooks as a whole for the HP series up to this point, but I unfortunately have to say this one took a BIG step backwards for me. I hope the next one is as good as the previous ones.

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I'm really glad I picked up where I left off.

I had gotten through the first 4 books probably a decade ago. Never saw the movies or talked spoilers with anyone, so this tale has been a trip down memory lane and was (although long winded at points) super engaging and well written.
You can't help but get "on the edge of your seat" or feel connected to some of the characters.
The narrator is the best I've heard! Wow.

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Great book! Great Performance!

I highly recommend. I will be listening to it again. And again. Then again.

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