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Hellsing, Vol. 01
Duane Johnson, Kohta Hirano
Amazing Grace
Lesley Crewe
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5
J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale
World Without End
Ken Follett
How to Train Your Dragon
Cressida Cowell
Patria
Fernando Aramburu
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling, Jim  Dale

Jim Dale is really a phenomenal narrator. In addition to having a gazillion voices to remember how to portray, he makes each of them memorable and constantly evolving along with the character's story arc. The Harry we see (and listen to) here - aged 14, with the beginnings of adolescent fears and insecurities - is not the naive 11-year-old of the first book. The narration makes that clear: Harry sounds older, more jaded and - by the end of the novel - frustrated with how people perceive him. Voldemort, too, experiences a shift in tone, gaining in substance as his own body becomes stronger and more independent.

 

As with the previous novels, I'm catching details that I now know will become important later on in the series. This is, along with the sheer pleasure of it, a great motivator for revisiting the series. It probably won't be the last re-read/re-listen either. On to the next book!