Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
(Arthur A. Levine Books, 2007, 784 pages)
Oh man… I just finished listening to book 7 and it made for some stressful rides in the car. I remember when I read the book right after it came out I was depressed the whole time I was reading because this final book in the series has SO much going on, very little of it being what one might call “uplifting.” Despite the darkness, the book was excellent. I don’t want to give anything away for those out there who might just be starting this series, but I might have teared up a time or two.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Harry is on a mission to find Horcruxes in an effort to make it possible to potentially defeat Voldemort. “You-Know-Who” and his Death Eaters have effectively taken over the wizarding world. Families fear for their own safety and those of their friends if they don’t happen to be pure blood wizards. Harry, Ron and Hermione are working together on the mission left to them by Dumbledore and the path to success isn’t an easy one. The question is, will it be possible to destroy Voldemort and restore the wizarding world or will his reign of darkness continue unchecked?
Amazing book. Again, I can’t help but emphasize what a great experience it was to listen to Jim Dale’s narration of these audiobooks. It made for a completely different reading experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Now I need to find something that will keep me even half as entertained on my drives to and from work.