Summary: If you really need a summary, you probably aren’t going to read the review.
I have been craving some comfort reading lately. So I picked up the Stephen Fry narrated version of The Goblet of Fire that a friend loaned me. (It is the narrator for the British edition; Jim Dale is the narrator for the US edition). I don’t think there is any way for someone in the US to get the UK edition without importing the CDs or off of the internet.
The new narrator did help give a fresh gloss to a story that I have read at least five times and listened to at least once. Stephen Fry is best known to me as the narrator of Pocayo, a kids TV show. I think I prefer him to Jim Dale. I need to listen to another one or two books to be sure.
The production values are different. Jim Dale does straight reading with a ton of voice, but no effects. The UK Edition has some effects, like microphone echo for the voices of the announcers at the Quidditch World Cup. The Goblet of Fire is the first of the ‘older’ books in the series. And even Jim
Dale doesn’t make his reading quite so young, but Stephen Fry is even more so. (The too young reading style of Jim Dale is what I dislike most about the early books.)
I have nothing new to add, but a new narrator really can help bring some new life into the story. I also always forget the real timeline of the book. The Goblet of Fire is not introduced until nearly 40% of the way through the book. The first task is almost exactly half way through the book. And the big tragedy of the book is just over 2 hours from the end.
I will say I like the new covers better than the old. And, while I understand why Rowling wants to control the electronic version of the stories through Pottermore, it is a bit irritating that there is no way to alternate easily between audiobook and kindle book like there would be if the editions were managed through Audible and Amazon.
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