JK Rowling amazes again! Couldn't have written better.
JK has a "magical" power of captivating the reader's attention by giving little subtle tid bits of information that leave you earning for more. This book leaves you with a satisfied feeling at the end of a lengthy and amazing saga. She takes her time showing the trio's amazing friendship, comradery and ultimate love for one another. She shows that not only can good triumph over evil but how it is important to sacrifice whatever necessary (even your life) for the "great good" of all mankind. There are great lessons learned in this final book and the ending gives a resounding hope and happiness in living life as a good and moralistic person(s). Any questions that you may have had about any of the characters in these books are completely and thoroughly answered. This is definitely a book to be read and re-read again. You will always get more information each time you read it. JK my hat's off to you!!! I am completely and thoroughly amazed!!! Thanks for your final Harry Potter masterpiece!!! : - ) : - )
I highly recommend getting this audiobook to any True Harry Potter Fan. Hearing the story read to you is absolutely amazing! Jim Dale is an amazing storyteller!! You can not beat him. He uses several character voices, lots of emotion and amazing intonation while narrating the story. He adds flare to the entire novel and brings the experience to a new level. There are many little descriptions, bits of information and feeling that can be lost while reading the novel yourself. Especially if you read fast, like I did to satisfy my ravenous hunger for the final conclusion. Hearing it by this amazing narrator will give you a whole new fresh perspective and you will truly be understanding the novel through JK Rowling's vision. If you like to read books, why not listen at the same time? This will bring more comprehension and enjoyment to the story. Buy the audiobook now!!!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Best of the Best
I don't think I ever waited on Christmas like I did for this book and Rowling did not disappoint me.
Deathly Hollows picks up right where The Half Blood Prince left off and Rowling doesn't miss a beat.
Our three favorite heroes know what they have to do but only have a few obscure clues to work from. They must find their own solutions on how to accomplish their misson. While this is a theme common in the other 6 books, this time there is no safety net provided by the adults. The fate of the world rests on their shoulders alone.
As they go from one adventure to the next, gaining (at first) seemingly useless information and narrowly avoiding death, they slowly piece together how everything must fit together. Even then Rowling is not yet done: the solution itself is a test, and the hardest challenge Harry ever had to take.
The book is dark and bloody, more so than The Order of the Pheonix. In case the reader had any doubt about that, Voldermort sets it straight in the very first chapter. The body count continues to go up and Rowling gives no indication of playing favorites. Nobody, and I mean nobody, is safe until the last spell is cast, somewhere in the last 10 pages or so.
While it was sad seeing so many characters I had grown attached to die, I did not have the same sense of dispair that I did with Pheonix. I never doubted for one page that good would win in the end and I could take comfort in that their sacrafices would not be in vain.
While I sincerly hope that Ms. Rowling will continue to write, I believe it is time for a new series. Harry Potter was as close to perfection as I'm likely to see in this world. I don't want that delicate balance upset.
John Holland-Author of The Necklace of Terrersylvanous
9 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Good but not quite 5 star
*No plot spoilers
As a huge fan, I had recently re-read books 5 & 6 to get up to speed and in the mood for the Deathly Hallows. In a way, I wish I hadn't re-read them as I felt the writing in this wasn't quite up to previous standards and I even managed to read this thoroughly & cover to cover in about 12 hours.
As a previous reviewer said, I spent the first half of the book waiting for it to really get started, for explanations, twists, action. JK Rowling seemed to me, in her writing, a little rushed to get the epic over. Some of the twists that did come where unexpected, others not, but there just weren't enough of them. Some things seemed to be thrown in for convenience without a good explanation.
On the whole, I still enjoyed it. My questions were answered, albeit not always to my liking, but then what novel can keep everyone happy? Very sad to see the end of such a great storyline and in spite of my disappointments, if you've read 1-6, you should still read this last one. I'll be re-reading again, more slowly, in the hopes of finding some subtle twists and turns that I might have missed.
7 of 15 people found this review helpful.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows CD
This is the final book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The Deathly Hallows ties up many of the loose ends in the series, but also offers many possibilities for Ms. Rowling or any author she may allow to use the world she has created. The Epilogue in the Deathly Hollows leaves this door wide open.
I have discussed these books with many other parents and I would like to address people's concerns about magic. People talk about magic being "of the devil". First and foremost this is a work of fiction. Children learn to succeed by using their imaginations. Harry Potter starts life at a serious disadvantage as an orphan raised by selfish, fearful, people. Harry remains a kind, compassionate child as his world changes in ways he cannot begin to imagine. He befriends scary beings and people who are vastly different from himself.
Throughout the series Harry exhibits the highest standards of nobility and courage. Parents need to recognize the magic as imagination and see that the underlying theme of these books is the struggle between good and evil. Through Harry and his friends good wins and evil is destroyed.
The world needs Harry Potter.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
BEST BOOK EVER, and I MEAN EVER
I've read 1000s and 1000s of books, all really good works of literature. This is the very best book I've ever read -- ever. The only catch is that you really must have read all of the 6 preceeding books in order to have a full appreciation of what this gifted author has done. Ms. Rowling has written a story, from book 1 to book 7, that is appealing to all ages. The characters, scenes, details -- all are so truly superb. Listening to the book, read by the AWESOME Jim Dale, is sheer luxury. Mr. Dale reads all the Harry Potter audio books, and it's no surprise he's won awards for doing so. Listening is a different skill than reading, and once you've read all these books, to go back and listen to them is a joy. You notice details differently, and the story is swirling in your mind, waiting eagerly for the next rise in the car so we can listen to more. My children and I have actually stayed in the garage listening to a part of the book until we could get to a point where we could bear to stop until next time. I highly recommend this book, as well as the other HP books. This is the ULTIMATE, and it wraps up so many incredible details and storylines -- amazing!