Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US. Harry Potter Audio-book Free now free to stream on Audible. It’s part of a series of initiatives launched by JK Rowling and friends. Helping keep everyone entertained during Quarantine. It’s the version narrated by Stephen Fry, which has previously been difficult to legally access in the US. What could be better for the Harry Potter lover to have Harry Potter audiobook free?
As well as Fry’s English version, the free audiobook is also available in Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese.
Harry Potter Audiobook for teachers
The series’ publishers are also temporarily relaxing licencing restrictions to allow teachers to read the books to their students in remote video lessons. There are big debates about whether Stephen Fry’s or Jim Dale’s rendition of the audiobooks are better. If you’re an American who’s never heard it then I’d recommend you giving it a go. TechCrunch reports that one might have a difficult job getting their hands on his recordings of the rest of the books.
The books are meant for reading on closed educational platforms like Google Classroom or Schoology. Teachers are also encouraged to not amend or abridge the books while they’re reading them, which is advice that Rowling herself could occasionally stand to pay a little more attention to.
A few small catches:
- If in North America and get hook on Fry’s take on the narration. Finding/importing the Fry version of the other books is going to be up to you.
- Even if you sign up for an Audible account, the rest of the series on Audible is read by Jim Dale. To be clear, Dale’s version is very good! Just know that it’s different.
- It will work across laptops, phones, tablets, etc. with the caveat that it’s streaming only, so plan on listening somewhere with an internet connection.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to listen to the audiobook, then you can do so over at stories.audible.com.