Audiobooks have revolutionized the way many readers consume their books. With the hustle and bustle of our chaotic Muggle lives, many have turned to audiobooks as a way to explore new worlds while simultaneously performing everyday tasks such as cleaning, cooking, and commuting. This allows for a bit of magic during otherwise wasted time.
Now, Chinese-speaking Potterheads will be able to revisit the wizarding world with an all-new version of the Harry Potter books. A collaboration between Pottermore Publishing and Ximalaya resulted in the very first Chinese audio books of the Potter series. The first installment from the series with Harry Potter at the Sorcerer’s Stone will be released on Tuesday, June 21, the other books will follow soon. To create the best audio experience for its listeners, Ximalaya has teamed up with VoiceGem to have Jiang Guangtao and other leading voice actors lend their voices to the Boy Who Lived and his many adventures.
2022 has been a great year for Harry Potter and the production of audio books. Pottermore Publishing announced several months ago that it was collaborating with retail partner Storytel to produce audiobooks of the Potter series in ten foreign languages, namely Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Korean, Polish, Russian, Swedish and Turkish. These translations will not appear until 2023 at the earliest, however.
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