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You Can Stream ‘Harry Potter’ Right Now Absolutely Free

If you’re a fellow bookworm (which, duh, you are on Bookstr,) you probably already know that Audible has made a ton of children’s books free to stream for the duration of the pandemic. This is super helpful for the parents stuck at home with kids out of school, hungry to stay educated and entertained!

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Luckily for us, among the free titles are plenty of great YA novels for all ages, including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by the incredible J.K. Rowling! Narrated by Stephen Fry and packed with delightful theme music by James Hannigan, this is truly a magical listening experience.

 

The stream lasts for a whopping nine hours and thirty-three minutes, with rave reviews from Audible customers… some are even claiming it to be better than the movie. This is absolutely sure to help you escape from the real world chaos to the wizarding fantasy land we’ve dreamed of since we were young, if only for a while!

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Audible Makes Hundreds of Titles Free Amid Coronavirus Crisis

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, millions of individuals and families are forced to remain at home in an effort to flatten the curve. Fulfilling work and school tasks at home is the new reality for most, and many are grappling with the new challenges of what it means to socially isolate during a global health crisis.

While many are trying to lessen the blow and support small businesses by purchasing take-out, delivery, and gift cards, some familiar media companies are doing their part to help make social isolation a little bit more bearable.

 

For your time at home with your families, Audible is offering hundreds of audiobooks for free. This comes in an effort to help parents with children home from school, and the company is hoping to assist in keeping families calm and entertained. The announcement of Audible’s new terms came with the promise that “For as long as schools are closed, we are open.”

 

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The vast array of titles is divided into six categories: Littlest Listeners, Elementary, Tween, Teen, Literary Classics and Folk & Fairy Tales for All. The audiobooks are available to stream on all devices.

In these rapidly changing times, it can be comforting to ground yourself in a story, new or old. Definitely check out all Audible has to offer.

 

 

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You’ll Swoon for this Audible Original Romance

Valentine’s Day may have been and gone, but love is still very much in the air for Audible listeners. Yesterday, Audible released an exclusive of New York Times Bestselling author A.L. James’ novel Catch Me When I Fall.

 

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Performed by Jason Clarke and Virginia Rose, Catch Me When I Fall follows Royce and Emily after a night of passion that looks set to change everything. Emily fronts a country rock band that Royce desperately needs to sign to his record label. With his family at risk, his night with Emily may be one of his biggest mistakes. Can their passion for one another overcome the problems that it brings? I don’t know, but I’m ready to find out!

 

Why should we forget about romance just because Valentine’s is over? Keep the love alive and listen to the Original on Audible now.

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You Don’t Want To Miss Audible’s Top BHM Picks

As I should hope you’re all aware by now; February is Black History Month. It’s an international celebration of African-American leaders and artists, and Audible have some top titles to mark the occasion. Abby, Audible editor, says that Audible has chosen to “highlight luminaries who’ve taken the lead in shaping change and movement”. With activism as a core subject, here’s what they’ve picked:

 

Staff picks

The team at Audible have chosen Michelle Obama’s Becoming as a staff favorite, alongside Such a Fun Age and The Skin I’m InThese were chosen for a myriad of very valid reasons, but one thing they share is the incredible authors of color at their helm. Why not take a listen yourself and see if you agree with their choices?

 

MEMOIRS

In telling important stories of African-American experience, it’s important to have an authentic voice. These titles are memoirs from leading speakers and visionaries of color, such as Staceyann Chin and Nelson Mandela. Plus, with such a wide range of titles, there’s something in there to interest everyone.

 

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FICTION

Storytelling is an integral part of many different cultures, and in these titles, their authors have ingrained senses as storytellers. This is particularly noted for authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, who retains the vernacular speech in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Having a story told in the voice that would have originally told it heightens the entire experience.

 

politics

In activism, a political voice is always necessary. These titles “dive deep into the issues, both past and present”. There’s a wide range of diverse voices from Barack Obama to Stacey Abrams, most of which are narrated by the author themselves. Commemorations of Black History Month often take place in political spheres, too, making this section particularly necessary.

 

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What’s new?

Some of their titles are free to Audible members for the month of February, like Malcolm and Me written and performed by Ishmael Reed, or Our Harlem written and performed by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson.

On February 18th, two new titles are being released as part of The Great Courses:

African American Athletes Who Made History, written and performed by Louis Moore

Great Figures of the Civil Rights Movement, written and performed by Hasan Kwame Jefferies

Not only are these great titles for the series, they are perfect for Black History Month.

 

Audible have tonnes more to offer from Children/YA literature, to author interviews and profiles. Check out their Black History Month portal here for all of their February content to mark the occasion.

 

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Scott Eastwood’s Sultry Voice Brings Blakely Romance Novel to Life

Earlier this week, Audible Escape released their newest original starring Scott Eastwood and since then, I’ve had the chance to actually give it a listen (a read?? a read-listen??) P.S. It’s Always Been You is an Audible Original from #1 New York Times bestselling romance author Lauren Blakely.

Part 1 did as most do by introducing us to the story’s key players, setting the scene for things to come and giving the reader/listener a hook. The beginning of Hunter and Presley’s story, to be continued in Part 2&3 in the coming weeks, lets us into the very start of their romantic history. Hunter the adventurer and Presley the curator and historian spent six months together in their 20s and planned for it to last. When Hunter received the chance at a dream job, he took it. Even though it meant leaving Presley with little to no reason given. 10 years later when fate and their careers bring them together again, old wounds are opened and feelings rekindled. It’s perfect Valentine’s Day fare.

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The story opens with Scott Eastwood’s (frankly gorgeous) voice walking us through the book’s prologue. This served as a great way to give us an insight to their history without relying on tonnes of exposition. After the prologue, it skips forward 10 years, so it’s nice to have the opener as a little glimpse into the past. Scott makes for a great narrator, his voice is sultry but also friendly. Is it possible to have a crush on a voice? Asking for a friend. His voice also works well with Andi Arndt’s – unsurprisingly since she’s the proud owner of an Audie award for romance!

The usage of both male and female voice acting for each character makes for a nice duality. It feels like getting two succinct perspectives, bringing the listener deeper into the story. If you’re somebody who isn’t used to getting your reading done aurally, this is a really great way to get started, with the dual narration making it easy to get invested – that and the slow-burn romantic tension, that is.

 

 

The one thing that I found, in listening to the story, was that some of the slightly corny lines were more pronounced. When you’re reading on a page and you come across a line that you don’t personally gel with, you can skim over it. When it’s in your ear and you aren’t expecting it, it can be a little weird. That said, it’s romance, and all is fair in love and ear!

Personal highlights ft. potential spoilers: “Mr Speed Fingers”, and “He kisses me the way I imagine he climbs a mountain”

 

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Presley and Hunter have a few letters that have been sent back and forth between them during their relationship. Paired with the letters in Presley’s historical collection, it makes for a really interesting motif. Letters are a way of physical communication with a pen and a paper, very tangible things. What’s interesting is having these letters then rendered over the soundwaves. Talk about mixed media!

One of the main driving points of the plot is the question of how much a short relationship can really mean. Not only this, though, as the story does raise a lot of really great points about female friendships, the pressures of a career, the idea of “winning” a breakup. It’s got a lot, which is great since it’s not just love and desire, it’s so much more. So if you usually write off romance novels, give this one a chance. Plus, it does have that slow-burning sexual tension, too, if that’s more up your street.

 

 

I won’t spoil the end for you, but I will say it certainly sets up the rest of the series well. The end of Part 1 is satisfying AND exciting, meaning Part 2 really can’t come soon enough! Luckily, we don’t have long to wait, with the next installment out next week. Until then, I’ll be watching the entirety of Scott Eastwood’s filmography.

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