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Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment has released the Hogwarts library book Quidditch Through the Ages, written by J.K. Rowling as Kennilworthy Whisp and narrated by acclaimed actor Andrew Lincoln as a digital audiobook. Featuring immersive sound design and exclusive Quidditch match commentary from Ginny Potter and Rita Skeeter, this brand new recording is a audible delight for all Harry Potter fans!
A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules – and the breaking of the rules – of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp 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 and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.
Narrated by Andrew Lincoln, this is the first audiobook edition of Whisp’s book ever to be released. Andrew is a People’s Choice Awards winner and a BAFTA nominated actor, best known for his role as Rick Grimes in the TV series The Walking Dead. His other film and television credits include Made in Dagenham, Strike Back and Love Actually.
Bonus Content Included This audio edition of Quidditch Through the Ages includes over an hour and a half of exclusive bonus content, narrated by Andrew Lincoln, Annette Badland and Imogen Church, featuring The History of the Quidditch World Cup, written by J.K. Rowling in 2014 for pottermore.com, now brought to life in audio for the first time.
Explore some of the Daily Prophet’s reports on the preliminary rounds of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, also written by J.K. Rowling, via the voices of our two commentators, Ginny Potter (Imogen Church) and Rita Skeeter (Annette Badland). Feel like you’re listening to a real-life Quidditch match with this unexpected duo as they report live on the Final of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.
15% of the proceeds* received by Pottermore Limited from this audiobook will be made available by the publisher to Comic Relief and Lumos Foundation for their work with children and young people to help them have a better life. 20% of these monies will be used by Comic Relief and 80% will be used by Lumos Foundation.?
Now that I am a busy mom I absolutely LOVE audiobooks! I can listen to them in them at the gym or in the car…especially in the dreaded pickup line for school and they are even great to listen to while lying in bed at night when I am just too tired to hold up a book (remember I do have a baby at home so I am always tired). I have of course read the first 7 Harry Potter books and my husband has read them to our 9 year old so we are all big fans of the wizarding world.
I never really sat back and thought…how in the world did Quidditch come to be….but J.K. Rowling did and she wrote Quidditch Through the Ages that answers every single thing there is to know about the sport. From the first recorded mentions of the sport, to rules through the centuries all the way to the modern day Quidditch World Cup the 3 of us hung onto every word while listening on our way to our Spring Break vacation. Andrew Lincoln delivers a performance that left us almost sad when the book ended! The book is really great by itself but then you dive into over an hour and a half of coverage from the 2014 Quidditch World Cup and it flows together flawlessly. You get to hear updates from each match including major plays and follies and ultimately you follow along to hear who the winner is. For those that like the gossip column then there is plenty to listen in on as Rita Skeeter is there to tell you what the famous witches and wizards are up to during the final match.?Quidditch Through the Ages is a spectacular audiobook that is a must-listen for Harry Potter fans.