I love Harry Potter. I am one of those people. I didn't do the midnight launch parties and I do not know my house, but I did read the books the moment the mail arrived and I do re-read them frequently.
I pick up the series about every other year. And I only read them all together — I just don't enjoy them as much individually.
I had been hearing good things about the audiobooks for a while. Fellow sports writer Will Springstead's family listens to them frequently on road trips. So when I wanted to re-read again, I decided to try the audiobooks this time.
It's the closest I could come to the experience of reading it for the first time, 17 years after I first read it. I hadn't realized it, but I think I must have started skimming at some point because of my familiarity with the story.
Within the first chapter of the first book, there were a couple of details I did not recall reading at all. There's no skimming when you're on someone else's pace.
Jim Dale's female voices leave something to be desired, but the rest of his read is enjoyable enough that I'm willing to overlook them.
If you're looking to re-read a beloved story, try a different medium. It might make for a different experience.