Harry Potter fans listen to Audible audiobooks for a billion hours

Harry Potter fans have been listening to the fantasy series’ audiobooks for over a billion hours on Audible, it has been announced.

Audio versions of books written by JK Rowling were first made available on the platform seven years ago, with Stephen Fry reporting on the UK editions and Jim Dale on the US editions.

Pottermore publishers said the milestone was reached as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the digital publication of the Harry Potter series.

The publisher has said that in a billion hours, you can listen to the Harry Potter books first through Saturday read by Dale 8,547,009 times, or hypothetically peruse the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry over 14,000 time.

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Stephen Fry narrates UK audiobook editions (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“These statistics are astounding,” says Fry. Almost every day someone comes up to me and tells me how important audiobooks are in their lives and that it means the whole world to me.

“From the first book, when the entire world was just Harry Potter, to the last novel when the series established itself as the publishing phenomenon of our time, this experience has never been anything but ordinary. anything other than complete and eternal unexpected joy. for me.

“Hooray for Harry and cheers for all those in the audience.”

Dale added: “Living with the increasingly large Harry Potter family over the past twenty years has been a joy.

“The special reward for me has been the opportunity to get in touch with the lives of so many young people and know that my words have provided both comfort and support when needed and, of course, there is always so much to do. many miracles.”

The first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in 1997, with the seventh and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published in 2007.

The books have been adapted by Warner Bros Pictures into an eight-part film starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson.

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In 2015, Pottermore remade the original English and German audio recordings of the books, and they were released on Audible in December of that year.

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The first novel was published in 1997 (Danny Lawson/PA).

Jennie McCann, chief executive officer of Pottermore Publishing, said: “We continue to be amazed and delighted that listeners from all walks of life have dedicated a lasting place in their lives to sound stories. this bar.

“The original audiobook narrations are cherished versions of these incredible stories, so we took great care in remaking them from CD for the best experience and sound quality. possible for a new generation of listeners.

“We are grateful to Audible for capturing these iconic records and making them brilliantly accessible, and celebrating with them this extraordinary and unprecedented milestone.”

Diana Dapito, head of consumer content at audio platform Audible, added: “The constant popularity and insatiable appetite for Harry Potter audiobooks on Audible is both astounding and unfathomable. nothing surprising.

“These unparalleled, beloved stories convey and engage listeners through powerful, immersive audio magic.

“We are honored to bring Harry Potter to audiences around the globe through our partnership with Pottermore.”

One billion hours of listening has been calculated from the measurable consumption of Harry Potter books from first to seventh in all global Audible markets in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian , Latin American Spanish and Castilian Spanish.

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