Listening to Eddie Redmayne Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by Eddie Redmayne

Publication: March 14th 2017 by Pottermore

Format: Audiobook Length: 1 hr 40 mins

ASIN: B01N9VMWMZ

I was SO happy to hear that there would be a Fantastic Beasts audiobook read by Eddie Redmayne. His narration was fun, quirky and delightful. It’s as if the character, Newt Scamander, was written for him. I loved every minute of this audiobook. Eddie reads the book with charm and personality, bringing Rowling’s words to life.

If you’re interested in the fantastic beasts of the Potterverse, you’re going to want to get your hands on this audiobook. The book is read out in alphabetical order. Each entry goes into detail about all the various magical beasts as well as explaining things like why Centaurs are classed as beasts despite their intelligence, why the Golden Snidget has been replaced by the Golden Snitch in Quidditch, and all the different types of dragons.

I thought the sections explaining the Ministry’s way of organising beasts were particularly interesting. I never thought to question how they would classify Merpeople, trolls, giants, werewolves and such, but the explanations provided in this audiobook were extensive, and they made me appreciate the detail Rowling goes into. In addition to this, the book also goes into how dangerous each creature is considered by the ministry.

Fantastic Beasts is by no means a comprehensive guide, as explained in the introduction. There are many other beasts that exist in the Potterverse that have not made it into this book, but, you will find most of those so far exposed by Rowling in all seven Harry Potter books and the Fantastic Beasts movie have been included. I was, however, left curious as to why Dementors were not included and whether or not an Obscurus counts as a magical creature.

A great audiobook for Harry Potter fans.

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Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Narrated by Davina Porter

Series: Outlander #1

Publication: July 14th 2017 by Recorded Books

Format: Audiobook Length: 32 hrs 43 mins

ASIN: B002SQFD1A

‘This stunning blend of historical romance and time traveling adventure has captured the hearts of millions of readers around the world and catapulted author Diana Gabaldon to the top of the New York Times best seller list. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love.

In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. Their blissful reunion is shattered when she touches a boulder in an ancient stone ruin and is instantly transported to 1743 Scotland, a place torn by war and raiding border clans. Will Claire find her way back to her own time, or is her destiny forever linked with Clan MacKenzie and the gallant James Fraser?’ – Audible.co.uk

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Listening to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

51UxZpJlzOL._SL300_‘Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring) brings a palpable sense of joy and exuberance to her performance of Lewis Carroll’s enduring classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. From the White Rabbit and Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and Queen of Hearts, she imbues each madcap character with a distinct voice and personality that will leave a lasting impression long after the adventure is over.

One hundred and fifty years after its original publication, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland remains one of the most widely read, deconstructed, referenced, and reinterpreted works of Western fiction. It tells the story of the young and imaginative Alice, who grows weary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations”, and follows a hasty hare underground – to come face to face with a host of strange and fantastic characters.’ – Audible

 

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