Audible has the primary Harry Potter audiobook (as learn by way of Stephen Fry!) up without cost presently

In case you’ve ever attempted to shop for the Harry Potter audiobooks, you almost certainly spotted one thing more or less difficult: there’s two very other variations. The model most generally to be had in the United States is narrated by way of Jim Dale. The United Kingdom model is learn by way of Stephen Fry.

Which is healthier? I gained’t get into that — that’s one thing the Web has been arguing about for a decade+ now. I will say, then again, that obtaining the Stephen Fry variations in the United States (legally) is typically a reasonably large ache within the butt. Other international locations, other distribution rights, other licensing — yada yada yada.

It were given a little more uncomplicated nowadays, albeit for simply the primary e-book: Audible has put the Stephen Fry model of Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone up on-line, without cost, till additional realize.

Audible says it’s doing this as a part of J.K. Rowling’s #HarryPotterAtHome program, wherein the creator is “stress-free the standard copyright permissions” to make the tale to be had to extra kids all through the continued Covid-19 outbreak. The similar program is permitting lecturers to publish movies of themselves studying the sequence aloud to their scholars (so long as it’s on a “closed tutorial platform”… so now not like, YouTube) with out being concerned about coming into a copyright struggle.

A couple of small catches:

  • In case you’re in North The usa and get addicted to Fry’s take at the narration, discovering/uploading the Fry model of the opposite books goes to be as much as you. Even though you join an Audible account, the remainder of the sequence on Audible is learn by way of Jim Dale. To be transparent, Dale’s model may be very just right! Simply know that it’s other.
  • It’ll paintings throughout laptops, telephones, drugs, and so on. with the caveat that it’s streaming best, so plan on listening someplace with an Web connection.

You’ll in finding the Harry Potter movement — plus a host of alternative circle of relatives pleasant audiobooks as a part of Audible’s unfastened Tales program — right here.

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Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).