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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
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Harry Potter has to sneak back to Hogwarts, after accidentally inflating his horrible Aunt Petunia. But once there everyone is whispering about a prizoner who has escaped from the famous wizard prizon, Azkaban. His name is Sirius Black, and as a follower of Lord Voldemort he is determined to track Harry Potter down -- even if it means laying siege to the very walls of Hogwarts!


For most children, summer vacation is something to look forward to. But not for our 13-year-old hero, who's forced to spend his summers with an aunt, uncle, and cousin who detest him. The third book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series catapults into action when the young wizard "accidentally" causes the Dursleys' dreadful visitor Aunt Marge to inflate like a monstrous balloon and drift up to the ceiling. Fearing punishment from Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon (and from officials at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who strictly forbid students to cast spells in the nonmagic world of Muggles), Harry lunges out into the darkness with his heavy trunk and his owl Hedwig.

As it turns out, Harry isn't punished at all for his errant wizardry. Instead he is mysteriously rescued from his Muggle neighborhood and whisked off in a triple-decker, violently purple bus to spend the remaining weeks of summer in a friendly inn called the Leaky Cauldron. What Harry has to face as he begins his third year at Hogwarts explains why the officials let him off easily. It seems that Sirius Black--an escaped convict from the prison of Azkaban--is on the loose. Not only that, but he's after Harry Potter. But why? And why do the Dementors, the guards hired to protect him, chill Harry's very heart when others are unaffected? Once again, Rowling has created a mystery that will have children and adults cheering, not to mention standing in line for her next book. Fortunately, there are four more in the works. (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson

Customer Reviews:

  • not just for kids
    I am a retired lawyer and I generally do not read fiction because I feel it is a waste of my time. I read the first Harry Potter book because I had heard so much about it. Now I am hooked on the series. The books have many layers and each one seems better and more complex than the previous one These books can be enjoyed at many levels so they are not just for the young. To really "get" the movies, it is necessary to read the book first too. I gave this book "only" four stars because I think book 4 will be even better. I do recommend reading the series in order though starting with book 1....more info
  • Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban book 3
    This book to is wonderfully done and will keep you reading until the end. J.K. Rowling's makes you feel you are there. Great story line,must read and I highly recommend all the whole series....more info
  • Put a smile on my face.
    This was a lot more entertaining then the first two and I was glad it ended the way it did. Can't wait unitl the next one, because it appears they just keep getting better!...more info
  • Harry Potter fan
    I liked, is in good condition,parece nuevo, a mi sobrina le encanto thank you !!!! por tener todos estos tipos de libros....more info
  • The Good Old Days
    This is truly a great book. It is the real starting point for Harry's adventures. The Chamber of Secrets and The Sorcerer's Stone weren't able to give me anywhere near the amount of excitement I received while reading this book. I give this book 5 stars for many different reasons

    Harry Potter's skills as a sorcerer aren't very impressive until this book when he learns to use the Patonus...something...I read this a while back lol. Also, the Dementors were the first creatures throughout the whole series to really strike fear into my mind. Sure there were traps that were devastating in the first book, and sure there was the basilisk who could kill people with its glare. But the Dementors were able to make a person suffer horribly through only emotions. I mean, who wouldn't be scared of having all the happiness and good emotions sucked out of you and the environment around you. The chilled air and flickering lights (maybe they actually turned off) scared the bejesus out of me.

    Here's a measurement for how good this book is and how it's a turning point for this whole series. I cannot begin to describe how fast I read this book compared to the first two. The Sorcer's Stone took me a whole year because it bored the crap out of me. The Chamber of Secrets...I got up to the 2nd paragraph and actually could not go on reading it. The Prisoner of Azkaban, by far my favorite of the whole series, took me the better part of a week or two to read. The same with The Deathly Hallows and The Half-Blood Prince. Overall, the maturity of this book compared to the first two is pumped up and it is truly a masterpiece for people of all ages....more info
  • Great service!
    I was in great need of this book as I was new to the world of Harry Potter and couldn't wait to continue after reading Chamber of Secrets. The timing was perfect!...more info
  • Another Great Harry Potter Book
    What can you say; it's another great addition to the Harry Potter world. This whole series is highly recommended to anyone possessed with a little imagination....more info
  • An amazing novel
    This is my favorite novel of the series so far. In his second year, Harry was able to overcome an incompetent professor to thwart Voldemort yet again. But this novel was even better. I never saw the ending coming. The relationship between Snape and Lupin caught me completely by surprise. And the incredible revelations about Harry's parents death add even more depth to Harry's third year. JK Rowling has an amazing imagination and I look forward to finishing the rest of her novels....more info
  • Excelent!!!
    This is third book from this great Saga, we meet Sirius black, Remus lupin and peter is this great, they are super!!!...more info
  • The magic of Harry Potter
    I read this book a few years ago, when the the thrill of Harry was in it's prime. I've seen the movie more times than I can count and I must say the movie is excellent but not as good as the book. I've just reread this book and can't beleive all I had forgotten. It's truly a page turner. From the start when Harry spots the Grim to when Mr Weasley warns Harry of Sirius Black's escape and hunt for Harry the reader is hooked. The Maurader's Map is a great addition to the Invisibility Cloak. The first 2 books were good, but you truly don't get into Harry until this book. Ron and Hermione's relationship is beginning to bud. Hermione is truly the goody goody in this installment. There were times I was mad at her with Ron and Harry. Getting the history of Harry's father's friends helped the story advance with background. This book also helps paint the picture of Snape and his hatered for Harry. The introduction of the Patronus is excellent. It's just as amazing in the book and the movie did a great job of reproducing it. All in all, I loved this book and recommend it to everyone who enjoys magic and fantasy reads....more info
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban
    My hubby loves to read but being a truck driver he does not have the time. So I purchased the books on CD for him and he says that it helps him get hundreds of miles down the road. He has seen the movies but did not realize how much more was in the books and now can see how the all add up. He loves the product. I ordered the Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix for his birthday....more info
  • the worst of the bunch
    Don't let my title deceive you. This is still a great book but in comparison to the others it was a slight stepback. The book is still very entertaining and a necessity for the progression of the story. I just wasn't sucked in as fast or left wanting more as i was with the first 2 and with book 4 (sorry haven't finished the series just yet). I've been told by a few others that have finished the series that this is the worst and if thats the case then it should speak volumes of how well the rest of the books are. ...more info
  • Brilliant Sequel
    J.K. Rowlings never lets her readers down Harry's quest to be happy stays alive in this book. Also, he gets to meet the only family he has left which makes Harry very Happy at the end of this sequel!!!!...more info
  • Better than the First Two
    I really enjoyed it and would have given 5 stars except for the fact that I'm a sucker for happy endings. It was sad that Harry couldn't keep his newly found friends. I did find that the writing matured as Harry did, which probably made an easier read....more info
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban book 3
    Like the first two Harry Potter books this book is great, it is in this book that parents should beware; it starts to have a few more moments that might scare the younger reader, it takes on a darker side as Harry ages and Voldemort begins to gain his power back, Definately makes you want to continue to read the complete set, this is my second time thru the books and I never tire of reading them. Great Reading for all ages...more info
  • Peak of Magic
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (year 3 at Hogwarts) is regarded by some as the best book of the Harry Potter series. After recently re-reading the entire series, I think am ready to jump on the bandwagon.

    For starters, this book has a very compelling plot, brilliantly crafted characters (most notably, Sirius Black) and a critically important plot twist towards the end which shapes the next several books of the series. It introduces the friends of Harry's father, all of whom have extremely important roles to play in the series. It creates a sense of danger, but still manages to be humorous and fun at the right times. And this is the last book in the series that manages to keep itself to a fairly low word count.

    There are several key moments of humor (centering on the marauders and Dumbledore's offhand observations, for instance) and poignancy (Harry finding out the truth about the betrayal of his parents, conjuring of patronuses, and saving the lives of characters whose deaths would have been tragic). And this, of ALL of the books in the series, is the only one where I don't feel like the adults are improbably inept. The way in which Harry "solves" the mystery (or gets forcibly dragged to the solution!) is believable and unique to him, such that I can accept that none of the teachers would have solved it.

    This story is important as it shows Harry starting to believe in his own abilities, and beginning to really take a stand for what he knows is right. He shows mercy and compassion, a sense of justice and conviction, and of course hope and love. In a way, this book has the "happiest" ending of any in the series, and certainly a meaningful one.

    In short, is this the best book in the Harry Potter series? I can't say absolutely that it is, but I'm certainly having difficulty convincing myself that it's not....more info
  • Fabulous narration
    My family has enjoyed listening to the Harry Potter audio books for several years. Jim Dale's readings include a host of characters with remarkably distinctive voices that carry over from the first book, the Sorcerer's Stone, to the last. He reads with fabulous energy and makes these great stories come to life like nothing I've ever heard before.
    The Prisoner of Azkaban is no exception. This audiobook is a fabulous way to enjoy several afternoon in the car or in your favorite chair at home....more info
  • Harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban
    I really liked this book. It was really well written and I recomend it....more info
  • Prisoner of Azkaban book
    The book was in excellent condition as described. Will continue to do business with Amazon.com...more info
  • Azkaban Could Turn You A Lurid Shade Of Pale
    The third book in the Harry Potter series turns a lurid shade of pale as three very important figures are brought into view. Sirius Black escapes from Askaban quickly becoming the wizarding world's most wanted. His introduction is met with ambiguity from Harry who is equal parts curious, scared and brave. Professor Lupin is the new dark arts teacher who has a fear of full moons and a past as one of Harry's father's former childhood friends. The third figure is actually of collective of wraith like monstrosities known as Dementors. How could you not be chilled by a creature that feeds on a persons fear and can literally suck out your soul with a kiss of death.

    Azkaban brought forth all of the fun one can derive from magical misery. The movie did a good job in copying the books mood. Both were thoroughly entertaining....more info
  • One of my favorite books, 2nd best of the Potter books
    For my money, though I like the first two Potter books, this is where Rowling struck gold. I started reading the series in late 1999 or early 2000, well before GOBLET came out, and when I finished the three books that at that time were out, I thought AZKABAN was not only easily the best of three, but one of the best books I had read in a long time. The storyline is easily the strongest of the first three installments, and for once Voldemort is not the main villain driving the plot, but, so it is thought, a renegade supporter of his who murdered 13 people with a single curse.

    In AZKABAN, we learn an escaped criminal from the wizard prison Azkaban by the name of Sirius Black is out on the lam looking for Potter. Black was once a vehement supporter for Voldemort, and now Black is gunning to finish off the job by murdering Potter, a task he had tried to do several years ago. Not only that, Potter learns during the course of the plot that Black was James' best friend, along with the new defense against the dark arts teacher, Remus Lupin. We get to learn who Scabbers really is (another instant of an character mentioned in passing on the first two novels who is hugely important here). Black is Potter's godfather, and yet he betrayed the Potters!

    What makes Azkaban so interesting is you really get to learn about the relationships between James Potter, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Peter Pettigrew, and Severus Snape. These five characters, and their relationships with one another, are huge portions of the foundation on which Rowling built her series. You need a clear understanding of these characters to fully experience Rowling's series, and it is thru these characters that this book, and the series itself, is as rich as it is. The fact no one knew that the three characters were unregistered animagus to help Remus cope with his condition was pretty cool.

    For once, Rowling introduces a new magical artifiact called the Marauder's Map, which she uncharacteristically fully explains by the end of the novel. It was made by Padfoot, Moony, Wormtail, and Prongs, which are the nicknames of James and his crew. The map shows you the location of every one on the Hogwarts grounds, a tremendously useful item, supplied, appropriately enough, by those masters of mischief, Fred and George.

    Another great new bit of magic in the book is the Patronus, a magical spell that will help fight back the dementors and fear, a very advanced piece of magic for third years. It is also very touching to know why Harry's patronus is a stag, as that is what his father transformed into.

    There are also other memorable scenes and events. You get Hermione and the Time Turners, Buckbeak the Hippogriff, Professor Trelawney, the Dementors, the Maurader's Map, etc. The climax of the novel is great, but for me, it's that time when Remus, Sirus, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Snape are all in that Shreiking Shack, and you finally get to learn a lot of key information about Harry's past.

    Ironically enough, though I have long held the opinion this is the best Potter book of them all (not including Book 7), this book has the worst movie adaptation, BECAUSE they don't fully establish all the different relationships between the four, or even explain the Marauder's Map.

    For myself, this is easily my favorite of the Potter novels, or was until DEATHLY HALLOWS came out. Still, I have had a great history with this book, and probably reread this more than all the other Potter books. This is the second best Potter book.





    These are my order of Potter books by preference:
    Deathly Hallows
    Prisoner of Azkaban
    Order of the Phoenix
    Philosopher's Stone/Chamber of Secrets (I rank them both the same)
    Half-Blood Prince
    Goblet of Fire. ...more info
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner ("I am a man,not a number!")
    "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" shows JK Rowling still in her prime. Harry,in his anger,practices magic in the Muggle world...instead of being punished by the Ministry of Magic,he must be sequestered in the tavern called the Leaky Cauldron. He learns that Sirius Black, a notorious serial killer and escaped fugitive from the wizarding prison of Azkaban, is after him. Harry learns about the Animagi, wizards capable of changing their form into those of animals, and of his protective spirit, the Patronus. Hermione shows she has the ability to "turn back time" with her Time Turner...thus able to take plenty of classes,and in the end,save the day.

    "The Prisoner of Azkaban" is probably the most moving of the Harry Potter series as Harry learns the truth about himself and himself. He learns about prejudice from his new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher,Remus Lupin,who faces discrimination because hes a werewolf. The fact that his father,James,had the ability to turn into a stag recalls the ancient legend of St.Patrick turning himself into a stag to escape murderous Druids. "Prisoner of Azkaban" has an intricate,engaging plot and brilliant characterization. Could JK Rowling hold onto her winning streak?...more info
  • AWSOME!
    I never liked reading before, but Harry Potter got me really hooked to it. It always got me wanting to read more. I hope you enjoy reading Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban. ...more info
  • Great story, great performance by Jim Dale
    It's a great story, with much more detail and interest than the movie that was based on it. Jim Dale's performance is excellent and really brings life to the characters.

    I took off one star because one of the disks was scratched & Amazon cowered behind their policy that they would not allow an exchange of an audio product that was opened....more info
  • Great Book
    This is a great book. Better than the movie, better than the first two books! Read it (but read the first two first, and then read the last four!)....more info
  • Another masterpiece
    I do not think there is a need to rate the story itself considering the immense popularity of it. This review is for those who produced the audio book.

    Like in the two Harry Potter stories before this one, Jim Dale and company do an excellent job of relating this tale. Mr. Dale has an amazing range of voices and never misses a beat as he hops from one character to another. The listener forgets Mr. Dale is the lone reader and is immediately immersed in the story. Buy this, listen, and then watch the movie. ...more info
  • Good read, but a little much, now.
    Still a fantsy adventure, but storyline gets old. Rowling matches everything up fairly well, but old characters begin to lose their luster....more info
  • Good plot advancement but some weak elements
    Summary: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third book in the Harry Potter series. The book introduces some key characters for the later books and gives the reader more backstory on Harry's parents. The writing seems as if J. K. Rowling was debating on doing more description or keeping the book length down -- I would have gone for more descriptions and more pages.

    Setting:
    The world of Harry Potter continues to expand into a more interesting fantasty setting with each book. Rowling does a good job of creating the setting using existing fantasty elements with a slight tweak to keep it non-cliche (for the most part). The Marauder's Map is a fantastic idea! It will be interesting to see if it is re-used in later novels. Note: There is starting to become a bit predictable in that each book has a new magic item which is central to the story.

    Characters:
    Sirius Black is introduced to the setting as a murderous wizard. The Sirius Black character is developed to a certain degree but when he has some actual dialog near the end of the book, he comes across as a bit out of sorts (Understandable after being in Azkaban for 12 years). I saw the movie version before reading the book which has colored my opinion of book and the book's characterization of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. I do prefer the movie adaptation a bit more; it could be the actors did a fantastic job.

    Harry, Ron and Hermaine continue to develop a bit. Their character development is secondary to plot advancement.

    Action:
    The action is typical Harry Potter style where things get hairy but everyone comes out ok. The description of the mass dementor attack was weak and really should have been more developed as this is a critical scene showing what Harry can do magically and has some connection to his parent's spirits.

    The relative danger level to the character is weak but appropriate for what is going on in the story.

    Prose:
    The prose is tight and to the point. The descriptions are not very detailed which is a bit frustrating as I keep wanting more hear with each book especially to see a difference in the movie set work (which is amazing) to see if there was something the set designers did not do for the movies. Generally, a book does a better job of describing a world than a movie -- kudos to the movie setting designers and craftsmen.

    Overall: 4 stars
    Setting: 5 stars
    Characters: 2.5 - 3 stars
    Action: 3 stars
    Prose: 2.5 - 3 stars...more info
  • My Favorite So Far
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite Harry Potter thus far. Unlike many novelists who push their limits writing sequels, J.K. Rowling only gets better with each book! I read this third Harry in one gulp, and was ultimately sad that the book ended.

    In this book, Harry is 13 and starts another year at Hogwarts. But things at Hogwarts get much darker than usual. A dangerous man has escaped the Azkaban prison and is in search of Harry. No one knows how he escaped, but one thing is known - the escaped prisoner is a killer, and a powerful wizard. Despite all the precautions, the prisoner is seen on the school grounds, and Harry becomes a virtual prisoner of Hogwarts, in attempts to protect him from harm.

    New professors, strange creatures, wizard towns, haunted houses and time travel - just some of the delights in this excellent work. I can't wait to read the fourth Harry. Onwards and upwards!...more info
  • A very good read.
    Well, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is longer than the first two HP books, but not better. I suppose that we have lost a bit of our wonder at Harry's world, but this book seems to be a slight let down from the high levels we enjoyed in the first two books. Nevertheless, we have a totally different start to this book than we had in the previous books.

    Rowling continues to feed our curiosities by supplying new and different experiences and new twists and turns in the HP story. With the introduction to Sirius Black, and of dementors, to the main plot, Rowling takes the HP series towards a more mature tone and loses a bit of the whimsey that the first two books had. I thik Rowling does a very good job at telling a very good story while letting Harry start to grow up.

    The finale of this book is long and different from the pattern of the first two books. Among other things, we learn of deeper and more powerful magical practices.

    I may seem grumpy about some aspects of this book, but I was entranced by the author's abilities to tell a suspense-filled and adventurous tale, fit for adolescents of all ages.

    I recommend this book.
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  • The series truly begins.
    I love Prisoner of Azkaban. I think that this was the novel that really hooked me into the series. I have a hard time writing a literary review of any of the Rowling novels mainly because I do not feel like I'm reading a novel when I read these books, I feel like I'm on vacation. I'm transported into another world and forget to look at the subtext or deeply analyze anything that the writer is trying to say because it is just to much fun to just read it. This is a book to read when you are stressed out because of your real life. Try reading it when you are in a wretched mood and see if you are not instantly a little bit happier. Harry begins to evolve in this novel and the books from here begin to feel a little bit more "grown up". To me, this book is virtually the first in the series that is now so infamous. The characters are impossible to not fall in love with. Rowling seems to have her feet firmly planted in the ground at this point in the series and I knew when I finished the final pages that the series could only get better. Which of course it does. ...more info
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    As with the entire series of Harry Potter books, this one is outstanding. We have it in book, cd, and cassette so the entire family can enjoy it....more info