“Harry Potter” Audiobooks Surpass One Billion Listening Hours on Audible
Celebrations are in order for the Harry Potter audiobooks. Pottermore Publishing and Audible have announced that the audiobooks have surpassed one billion listening hours on Audible globally.
The Potter audiobooks first arrived on the platform in 2015. The remarkable listening milestone is equivalent to the time it would take to listen to the entire series over eight million times. In one billion hours, you could travel from King’s Cross to Edinburgh on the train 222 million times or attend Hogwarts over 14,000 times!
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Jim Dale, who lent his voice to the North American Potter audiobooks, described the immense joy associated with the experience.
Living with the ever[-]expanding Harry Potter family over these past twenty years has been such a joy. Especially rewarding for me has been the opportunity to touch the lives of so many young people and the knowledge that my spoken words have brought both comfort and support when needed, and of course always so much magic!
Stephen Fry, who narrated the English-language audiobooks outside of North America, also shared his excitement about the achievement.
These statistics are astonishing. Almost every day, someone will come up and tell me how important the audiobooks have been in their lives, and it means the world to me. From the first book, when it was all there was of Harry Potter in the world, to the final novel when the series had confirmed itself as THE publishing phenomenon of our age, the experience was never anything other than a total and eternally surprising joy for me. Hurrah for Harry and hurrah for all those listeners.
Jennie McCann, managing director of Pottermore Publishing, touched upon the experience of bringing the audiobooks to a digital platform ten years ago.
It continues to astound and delight us that listeners of all kinds have made a permanent place in their lives for these audio stories. The original audiobook narrations are cherished versions of these incredible stories, so we took great care when remastering them from CD to deliver the best sound quality and experience possible for the new generation of listeners. We’re grateful to Audible for taking these iconic recordings and making them brilliantly accessible and join with them in celebrating this extraordinary and unprecedented milestone.
On the Audible side, head of consumer content Diana Dapito shared similar sentiments of pride at the accomplishment.
The evergreen popularity and insatiable appetite for the Harry Potter audiobooks on Audible is both staggering and at once, not at all surprising. These unparalleled, beloved stories transport and engage listeners through immersive, powerful audio magic. We are honored to be able to bring Harry Potter to listeners around the globe through our collaboration with Pottermore.
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