A brand new J.K. Rowling audiobook – Quidditch Through the Ages – is now available to pre-order exclusively from Audible.
The book is available to pre-order for both existing members and to new members who can bag a copy for free simply by signing up to a 30-day free trial of the Amazon owned audiobook service at Audible.co.uk.
Quidditch Through the Ages charts the game’s history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh, through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard families around the world.
With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the most common fouls, the development of racing brooms and much more, Quidditch Through the Ages is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers, whether you’re an amateur player or a seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.
Narrated by The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln, the audiobook is published globally on 15th March in partnership with Pottermore, Rowling’s Harry Potter and wizarding publishing company.
The audiobook will be the first time that fans will be able to experience a truly immersive edition of QTTA thanks to sound design from Pinewood Studios why have used real objects and spatialised sound to create effects that thread through the recording, including a section which places listeners into the frenetic heart of a live Quidditch match.
It also features additional content by J.K. Rowling, in the form of 2014 Quidditch World Cup match commentary by Ginny Potter, the Daily Prophet’s Quidditch correspondent, narrated by actress Imogen Church, and Rita Skeeter, narrated by actress Annette Badland, as they analyse players’ tactics and gossip about the game’s celebrity spectators.
A proportion of the proceeds from this audiobook available to both Comic Relief, and J.K. Rowling’s own international charity Lumos.
Andrew Lincoln said: “The wizarding world of Harry Potter is one that I always wanted to get the chance to step into.
“What makes this project so special, is not only that it allowed me the opportunity to create something my kids love and enjoy, but it also supports great causes, like Comic Relief.”
Ravina Bajwa, Commisioning Editor, Audio, at Pottermore Publishing, said: “Kennilworthy Whisp’s Quidditch Through the Ages is the most authoritative work on Quidditch in the wizarding world.
“Andrew Lincoln has done an astonishing job interpreting Whisp’s magical textbook into an enchanting vocal performance. His narration brings out both the charming humour in J.K. Rowling’s writing, and the vibrant characters that have inhabited the world of Quidditch throughout time.”
Laurence Howell, Director of Content at Audible UK, said: “We are thrilled to offer Audible listeners the opportunity to enjoy a brilliant performance of yet another essential component of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
“Both Andrew’s narration and the highly detailed sound design really let you immerse yourself in this richly imagined universe. Ever since we first made the Harry Potter series available on Audible in 2015, they have been consistently among the highest rated, most downloaded, and most listened to audiobooks in our store.”
Amazon’s Audible offers more than 200,000 audiobooks including best sellers, new releases, sci-fi, romances, mysteries, classics, autobiographies and more.
Each title can be bought as a one-off purchase but big savings can be made by taking out a £7.99 subscription which entitles you to download one complete book per month.
Purchased and downloaded titles can be played on your iPad, iPhone or Android mobile devices, making them an ideal way to pass the time during your daily commute.
Even better, the service offers a 30 day free trial which means you can download any title at absolutely no charge so, if you’re new to the service, this is a perfect chance to grab one of this year’s most anticipated books for free.