Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Version: Unabridged
Author: J.K. Rowling
Narrator: Jim Dale
Genres: Educational, Juvenile Fiction
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: July 2005
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 19 hours
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Overview

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.

And yet...

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate-and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it's the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort-and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.

Reviews (89)

Better and Better

Written by Carol Sherry from San Diego, CA on February 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great book and Jim Dale is phenomenal! These books just keep getting better. Can't wait to hear the last one.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Part 1

Written by Anonymous on December 15th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narrator is exceptional! The various characters are very easy to identify and follow. The story is a wonderful continuation of the Harry Potter series. A very enjoyable commute experience.

Harry Potter and the half blood prince.

Written by Dragon Master from Paris, TX on December 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Harry Potter and the half blood prince. this book is a Excellent port of The Harry Potter series and if you have't listen to this book you well enjoy this book.

Half Blood Prince

Written by Anonymous on October 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Half-Blood Prince was a great book, it left many questions to be answered later but it also answered many questions to Harry's past and the people closest to Harry. This one was heart breaking and hopeful. I enjoyed it as much as the other Harry Potter series books.

Great!

Written by Joan on August 12th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another wonderful book.......you wonder how each book can get better and better! And, the reader is the most exceptional reader ever. I have listened to many audio books but he, by far, surpasses all others.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Written by Anonymous on June 26th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book, excellent narrator!!! I commute 1 1/2 hours to and from work and this book made me want to stay in the car!

HP Half-Blood

Written by Anonymous from Santa Rosa, CA on February 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It's Harry Potter! If you like it you'll love this one! As with them all, the reader is really outstanding!!

Excellence...

Written by Anonymous on January 26th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The Harry Potter series is one of the greatest audio cd releases ever. If you have listened to any of the previous CDs then you can expect more of the same. Jim Dale is one of the best at his craft.

Excellent Narrator!

Written by Cosmic Chameleon on July 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A wonderful narrator! Was able to differentiate between the many characters within the story quite well! I was entertained by his reading the entire time! I would recommend this to anyone! :-)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Written by Michelle from Clairton, PA on July 16th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent reading! All the books in the series are good, so you can't go wrong. But this particular reader did a wonderful job differentiating characters. I highly recommend this audiobook!

Author Details

Author Details

Rowling, J.K.

Joanne Kathleen Rowling (pronounced rolling) was born on July 31st, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England. Her sister, Di, was born a little under 2 years later. Rowling can remember telling stories from early on and writing down her first story when she was 5 or 6 years old - about a rabbit called Rabbit who got the measles and was visited by friends including a giant bee called Miss Bee.

She moved house twice while growing up. The first was from Yate, just outside Bristol, to Winterbourne - also close to Bristol. In Winterbourne she was friends with a brother and sister whose surname was Potter. She says she always liked the name, and preferred it to her own because the children always made annoying jokes about rolling pins!

Her family moved again when she was nine years old - to Tutshill near Chepstow in the Forest of Dean. After attending Tutshill Primary School she went to Wyedean Comprehensive. She describes herself as having been quite, freckly, short-sighted and rubbish at sports. Her favorite subject was English followed by languages. She used to tell stories to her friends - usually involving them all doing heroic and daring deeds that they wouldn't dare to do in real life.

She went to Exeter University straight after school and studied French, having been encouraged by her parents who said that this could lead to a great career as a bilingual secretary. On graduating from Exeter she spent a few years as 'the worst secretary ever'.

In 1990, at the age of 26, she moved to Portugal to teach English. She says that she loved teaching English. She taught in the afternoons and evenings, leaving the mornings free for writing. At this time she was starting work on her third novel (the first two having been abandoned as being 'very bad'). The new book was about a boy who found out he was a wizard and was sent off to wizard school.

While in Portugal she met and married a Portuguese journalist. Their daughter, Jessica, was born in 1993. After her marriage ended in divorce, Rowling and her daughter moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, to be close to her younger sister, Di. Rowling set herself a deadline - to finish the Harry novel before starting work as a French teacher - and, of course, to try and get it published. She wrote at a café table while Jessica was napping.

The Scottish Arts Council gave her a grant to finish the book and, after a number of rejections, she eventually sold Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone for the equivalent of about USA $4,000 to Bloomsbury (UK).

By this time Rowling was working as a French teacher (being serenaded down the corridors with the first line of the theme from Rawhide "Rolling, rolling, rolling, keep those wagons rolling...')

A few months later Arthur A Levine Books/Scholastic Press bought the American rights for enough money that she was able to give up teaching.

The book was published in the UK by Bloomsbury Children's Books in June 1997 (at the time of writing 1st editions of this book are on the market for upwards of 12,000 UK pounds/ USA $20,000!). Thereafter the accolades began to pile up. Harry Potter won The British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year, and the Smarties Prize.

Renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the book was published in the USA in September 1998 by Arthur A Levine Books/Scholastic Press, with illustrations by Mary Grandpre.

The sequel, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets was published in the UK in July 1998 and in the USA in June 1999. The third book, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, was published in the UK in July 1999 and in the USA in September 1999.

In 1999 Rowling became an international literary sensation when the first three installments of the Harry Potter series took over the top 3 slots in the New York Times bestsellers list - after achieving similar success in the UK. This resulted in the New York Times introducing a bestseller list for children's literature - a relief to many adult authors vying for the top slots on the list and an honor for Rowling!

By Summer 2000, the first three books had sold over 35 million copies in 35 languages and earned approximately $480 million.

In July 2000, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had a first printing of 5.3 million copies with advance orders of over 1.8 million.

By 2000, Ms. Rowling had sold at least 30 million copies of the first three books which had been printed in 35 languages, earning approximately $400 million.

The fifth book in the series, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix was published in 2003 with a first print run of 8.5 million copies (USA). 5 million copies were recorded sold in the USA on the first Saturday after it was published. Barnes and Noble reported selling 286,000 copies in just one hour.

By 2003 at least 192 million copies had been sold in over 200 countries, and the books have been translated into at least 55 languages, including Latin. In 2003 she was estimated to be the richest woman in England - a position previously held by the Queen.

The sixth book in the series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was published simultaneously in multiple countries on July 16th 2005. The seventh, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was published in July 2007.

The first two movies were directed by Chris Columbus who also directed Home Alone and Mrs Doubtfire. The third movie was directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The fourth movie, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, directed by Mike Newell, was released in 2005. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix followed in 2007. Movies based on the final two books are currently in production - Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince is scheduled for release in November 2008.

The Harry Potter series has sparked new enthusiasm amongst children for books. Having said that, Rowling's books are not free from criticism - some Christian fundamentalists, express concern that the books promote and encourage satanic practices. On the other hand, other Christians applaud the books for the themes of courage, loyalty, justice, honesty and fairness that they portray and compare them to books such as The Narnia series by C.S. Lewis.

Rowling says she wrote Harry Potter when "I was very low, and I had to achieve something. Without the challenge, I would have gone stark raving mad."

Will there be another Harry Potter book? For sometime Rowling has insisted that she will not write another Harry Potter book, but in an article in Time Magazine in January 2008 she confessed to "weak moments" when she feels like succumbing to the pressure from her many fans, including her her 14-year-old daughter Jessica. Rowling says, "If - and it's a big if - I ever write an eighth book, I doubt that Harry would be the central character. I feel I've already told his story. "But these are big ifs. Let's give it ten years."