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Kit Harington Headlines the Hottest New Releases on Audible!

It’s summer, you’re busy with a million things: work, travel, friends, more travel— for what is supposed to be the most relaxing time of year, summer fills up fast and it can be hard to find the time to make a start on the summer to-be-read list you spent the year compiling! That’s where Audible comes in.

Audible have some amazing new additions to their already extensive library and we’ve got a list of some of the most exciting titles that are new to Audible this month! 

 

Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J. K. Rowling, narrated by Carlos ponce

 

 

As part of the launch of Audible Latino—an integrated, multicultural destination offering US Hispanic customers a robust catalog of Spanish-language and culturally relevant English-language spoken-word content on audible.com – Audible launched the much anticipated audio premiere of Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal by J. K. Rowling, performed by internationally acclaimed Puerto Rican actor, Carlos Ponce. This is the first time that the Spanish-language Harry Potter books have been available in digital audio. Books 1-5 are now available, with the remainder set to be released later this year and next.

 

Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light narrated by Yara Shahidi

 

 

In Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, one of Stan Lee’s final collaborations and most innovative works, the legendary creator invites you to unleash the power of your imagination, and bring to life an epic, superhero origin story set within a tech-centric, highly connected world, unnervingly reminiscent of our own. Performed by Yara Shahidi, People Magazine called this Audible Original “an immersive audio experience” and Entertainment Weekly says it’s “a first-of-its-kind.”

 

Rise and Shine Yoga Flows by MoveWith 

 

 

Join a select group of MoveWith teachers in this uplifting series of yoga classesmeditationcore strength training, and more designed to get you moving and energized. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, or as an afternoon pick-me-up, this is the perfect way to squeeze a mindful sweat into your day. So grab your headphones and let a MoveWith coach guide you on a centering and rejuvenating journey. These high-energy classes are designed to be taken anytime of day and as many times through as you want. 

 

Black Sheep by Meghan March

 

 

Audible exclusively released Black Sheep, the first story in New York Times best-selling romance author Meghan March’s Audible Original series, The Dirty Mafia Duet.

 

 

Where The Light Enters by Jill Biden

 

 

Where The Light Enters is a candid, heartwarming glimpse into the creation of the beloved Biden family and the life of a woman at its center. This is the story of how Jill built a family – and a life – of her own. From the pranks she played to keep everyone laughing to the traditions she formed that would carry them through tragedy, hers is the spirited journey of a woman embracing many roles. 

 

 

Our Harlem by Marcus Samuelsson

 

 

In Our Harlem, award-winning chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson takes listeners on a music- and food-filled journey to his Harlem neighborhood and Red Rooster Harlem restaurant. The seven-hour Audible Original is filled with the sounds of Marcus’s kitchen, gospel and jazz from local bands, and conversation with friends. Marcus invites the listener to cook along with him, listen to the beats that flow through his restaurant, and learn about Harlem’s rich history, diversity, and vibrant pulse.

 

True West by Sam Shepherd, read by kit harington and johnny flynn

 

 

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn smolder and burn as sparring brothers in Sam Shepard’s darkly comic 1980 drama, True WestThe Cain and Abel conflict is a showdown of sibling rivalry, but also bears witness to a legacy of booze-fueled family brawls. As Harington and Flynn duel it out, they bring a cagey, wiry energy to director Matthew Dunster’s West End revival of this Pulitzer Prize finalist, delivered as an audio play.

 

Heads Will Roll starring Kate Mckinnon and emily lynne 

 

 

Heads Will Roll is an Audible Original from Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon and her co-creator/co-star (and real-life sister) Emily Lynne. Produced by Audible and Broadway Video, this is not an audiobook—it’s a 10-episode, star-studded, scripted audio comedy that features performances from Meryl Streep, Tim Gunn, Peter Dinklage, Queer Eye’s Fab Five, and so many more!

When an experiment to study quantum uncertainty goes spectacularly wrong, physics student Bill Rustad and his friends find that they have accidentally created an inter-dimensional portal. They connect to Outland – an alternate Earth with identical geology, but where humans never evolved. Then everything changes when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts in an explosion large enough to destroy civilization and kill half the planet. The team has just hours to get as many people as possible across to Outland before a lethal cloud of ash overwhelms them! This scifi Audible Original from bestselling author/narrator team Dennis E. Taylor and Ray Taylor is an absolute must-listen

 

Get excited for…

The Baby-Sitters Club by ann M. martin, read by elle fanning, coming august 13th

 

 

Three decades after The Baby-Sitters Club first rocked our world the beloved franchise is back to binge like never before! In the most exciting news since we first learned of Kristy Thomas’s great idea to start the Baby-Sitters Club, the blockbuster series that first celebrated young entrepreneurialism and fierce female friendships is now available only from Audible as an audio experience with the first five titles in the series performed by Elle Fanning.

 

 

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Got 113 Hours to Spare? Check out the World’s Longest Audiobooks!

All audiobooks feel long when you’re unable to concentrate on them—so imagine how much trouble you’d have with these behemoths. To understand just how long a really long audiobook actually is, let’s compare that length to some more familiar reads. Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s classic The Brothers Karamazov is famous as both a literary classic and a book you lied about reading, probably from fear of the decade it would take you to finish. It’s also famous for its staggering length: 824 pages and thirty-four hours. (Congratulations to yourselves for your patience, Dostoyevsky fans. And congratulations to those of you who listened to the audiobook.)

 

Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 'The Brothers Karamazov'

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If you’re not into the classics, the longest book you actually read might have been A Game of Thrones: a Song of Ice and FireThat’s 624 pages and thirty-three hours. Some people call Audible the Netflix of audiobooks, but this audiobook would be much harder to binge. If these seem impossibly long to you, you’re going to have to adjust your standards. The Brothers Karamazov ranks #15 on the list of longest audiobooks, with A Song of Ice and Fire at a respectable #18. You might be asking yourself, “how are these not higher on the list?” This is how:

 

1. Fifty Lectures

 

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Takaaki Yoshimoto‘s Fifty Lectures is what the title would indicate: fifty lectures from Yoshimoto’s long tenure as a philosopher, poet, and literary critic. But the title doesn’t give any indication of the length… which is a lot longer than fifty hours. At 113 hours and forty-three minutes, Fifty Lectures is the longest audiobook of all time. You don’t have to do the math to tell how long that is—but if you did want to do the math, you’d know that listening to the book would take five full consecutive days. Since a commercial flight around the world takes fifty-one minimum hours, it would be faster to do it twice than listen to this entire book.

 

2. The Bible

 

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Some people dedicate all their lives to their faith. Some people dedicate seventy-eight hours. At 752,702 words, the Bible is over three times as long as J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—which, at 198,000 words, seems like a short story in comparison.

 

3. War and Peace

 

Leo Tolstoy's 'War and Peace' sitting on a scale

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When you Google search Leo Tolstoy‘s War and Peace, the first suggestion is “War and Peace is so long.” Weighing nearly four poundsWar and Peace is also 1,251 pages and 587,287 words long, making it a serious heavy-hitter. It’s no wonder that, with a monumental page count, it’s sixty-two hours and eighteen minutes long. It would be a wonder if you managed to listen to the whole thing.

 

4. Les Miserables

 

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Fans sometimes affectionately, sometimes furiously, refer to Victor Hugo‘s monstrous novel as ‘The Brick.’ Since the novel is large enough to be used as a blunt force murder weapon, the comparison is appropriate. Les Miserables, a story of the rich cultural context of the French Revolution, is one of the world’s longest novels, 1,900 pages in its original French. Naturally, it also contains one of the world’s longest published sentences; this one is over 800 words. Maybe Victor Hugo can pull it off, but your English teacher won’t want you to try. If you can’t get through this sentence, you’re not going to make it through the fifty-six hours and fifty-four minutes of audiobook.

 

The son of a father to whom history will accord certain attenuating circumstances, but also as worthy of esteem as that father had been of blame; possessing all private virtues and many public virtues; careful of his health, of his fortune, of his person, of his affairs, knowing the value of a minute and not always the value of a year; sober, serene, peaceable, patient; a good man and a good prince; sleeping with his wife, and having in his palace lackeys charged with the duty of showing the conjugal bed to the bourgeois, an ostentation of the regular sleeping-apartment which had become useful after the former illegitimate displays of the elder branch; knowing all the languages of Europe, and, what is more rare, all the languages of all interests, and speaking them; an admirable representative of the “middle class,” but outstripping it, and in every way greater than it; possessing excellent sense, while appreciating the blood from which he had sprung, counting most of all on his intrinsic worth, and, on the question of his race, very particular, declaring himself Orleans and not Bourbon; thoroughly the first Prince of the Blood Royal while he was still only a Serene Highness, but a frank bourgeois from the day he became king; diffuse in public, concise in private; reputed, but not proved to be a miser; at bottom, one of those economists who are readily prodigal at their own fancy or duty; lettered, but not very sensitive to letters; a gentleman, but not a chevalier; simple, calm, and strong; adored by his family and his household; a fascinating talker, an undeceived statesman, inwardly cold, dominated by immediate interest, always governing at the shortest range, incapable of rancor and of gratitude, making use without mercy of superiority on mediocrity, clever in getting parliamentary majorities to put in the wrong those mysterious unanimities which mutter dully under thrones; unreserved, sometimes imprudent in his lack of reserve, but with marvellous address in that imprudence; fertile in expedients, in countenances, in masks; making France fear Europe and Europe France! Incontestably fond of his country, but preferring his family; assuming more domination than authority and more authority than dignity, a disposition which has this unfortunate property, that as it turns everything to success, it admits of ruse and does not absolutely repudiate baseness, but which has this valuable side, that it preserves politics from violent shocks, the state from fractures, and society from catastrophes; minute, correct, vigilant, attentive, sagacious, indefatigable; contradicting himself at times and giving himself the lie; bold against Austria at Ancona, obstinate against England in Spain, bombarding Antwerp, and paying off Pritchard; singing the Marseillaise with conviction, inaccessible to despondency, to lassitude, to the taste for the beautiful and the ideal, to daring generosity, to Utopia, to chimeras, to wrath, to vanity, to fear; possessing all the forms of personal intrepidity; a general at Valmy; a soldier at Jemappes; attacked eight times by regicides and always smiling; brave as a grenadier, courageous as a thinker; uneasy only in the face of the chances of a European shaking up, and unfitted for great political adventures; always ready to risk his life, never his work; disguising his will in influence, in order that he might be obeyed as an intelligence rather than as a king; endowed with observation and not with divination; not very attentive to minds, but knowing men, that is to say requiring to see in order to judge; prompt and penetrating good sense, practical wisdom, easy speech, prodigious memory; drawing incessantly on this memory, his only point of resemblance with Caesar, Alexander, and Napoleon; knowing deeds, facts, details, dates, proper names, ignorant of   tendencies, passions, the diverse geniuses of the crowd, the interior aspirations, the hidden and obscure uprisings of souls, in a word, all that can be designated as the invisible currents of consciences; accepted by the surface, but little in accord with France lower down; extricating himself by dint of tact; governing too much and not enough; his own first minister; excellent at creating out of the pettiness of realities an obstacle to the immensity of ideas; mingling a genuine creative faculty of civilization, of order and organization, an indescribable spirit of proceedings and chicanery, the founder and lawyer of a dynasty; having something of Charlemagne and something of an attorney; in short, a lofty and original figure, a prince who understood how to create authority in spite of the uneasiness of France, and power in spite of the jealousy of Europe, — Louis Philippe will be classed among the eminent men of his century, and would be ranked among the most illustrious governors of history had he loved glory but a little, and if he had had the sentiment of what is great to the same degree as the feeling for what is useful.

 

That sentence was pretty much a brick of text all by itself.

 

5. Truman

 

President Truman's biography... the most expensive audiobook of all time

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David McCullough‘s biography of former U.S. President Harry S. Truman is 1,120 pages and 464,000 words, a giant clocking in at fifty-three hours and twenty minutes of audiobook time. Think that’s wild? You’d be right—and at $94 to listen, the price is even crazier. Truman might not be the longest audiobook, but it is the most expensive. If the length doesn’t deter you, the cost might… or maybe your interest in Harry S. Truman surpasses all your other instincts.

Nick Offerman, Conn Yankee, Mark Twain

Nick Offerman Narrates Mark Twain Audiobook in Greatest Human Decision Ever

In probably the smartest move in literary history, Audible has recruited Nick Offerman to narrate Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

 

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The time-traveling romp follows a 19th-century engineer from Connecticut transported back to 6th-century England, where he uses his then-modern expertise to wow King Arthur and his posse. Things go awry in a hilarious fashion, and Twain proves yet again he’s a master of understated, cantankerous wit.

 

Enter Nick Offerman, whose Parks and Recreation persona may be the closest we’ll get to seeing Mark Twain in a sitcom. Having previously narrated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for Audible, Offerman is neither a stranger to audiobooks nor to Twain. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Offerman said, “His jokes aren’t necessarily overt. They’re a lot of behavior or character-based pieces of humor. So it’ll make me laugh 50 times in a row, because that’s what makes his writing so timeless and classic.”

 

Offerman’s brusque, always-mildly-irritated voice suits Twain’s style nicely. The story itself has been on my to-read list for a while. It has King Arthur and time travel. It sounds like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure written by one of the greatest American novelists. And, now, narrated by one of the greatest Americans. Period.

 

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The audiobook of Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is available now for your auditory pleasure. Check it out here!

 

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