Share the Fantasy Series You Loved as a Child with Your Own Children

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04/02/2020

Reconnect with Your Favourite Fantasy Stories as You Share Them

Rediscover your favourite fantasy worlds in these two unmissable titles

What was the fantasy series you couldn’t get enough of when you were young? Many of today’s parents grew up in the heyday of fantasy, when series like His Dark Materials and Harry Potter were coming out, along with dozens of titles that remain fan favorites.

One of the fun things about parenthood is sharing stories you grew up loving with your own children. There's a special delight in listening along with someone you love as they experience your favourite stories for the first time.

Audible is home to some of the classic fantasy titles you grew up with as well as new ground-breaking audiobooks. Featuring full casts and exceptional production, they’re the perfect way to pass on your love for stories.

The Wizarding World

The Harry Potter series has enchanted millions of fans young and old. If you fell in love with Hogwarts growing up and can’t wait to share the magic of the Wizarding World with your own children, then you’re in the right place to listen all over again with them.

And now, there’s another Wizarding World treat for your ears. Written in 2007 by J.K. Rowling to raise money for the children’s charity Lumos, The Tales of Beedle the Bard is straight from the Hogwarts library. This collection of five fairy tales that every young witch and wizard hears growing up is accompanied by wise and whimsical notes from Albus Dumbledore himself and is now available in audio for the very first time.

Bringing together an all-star cast featuring some of the most beloved Harry Potter actors from film and stage, the audiobook edition features five actors from the Harry Potter films: Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Sally Mortemore (Madam Pince), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) and Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick). Noma Dumezweni, who played a grownup Hermione Granger in the Broadway and West End runs of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, narrates “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” which you may recognise from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Jude Law, who plays Professor Albus Dumbledore in the new Fantastic Beasts films, narrates Dumbledore’s annotations and commentary on each tale.

Check out the trailer to find out more about what you can expect from this much-anticipated title.

As your source for the latest entertainment, we can’t wait to share this incredible audiobook edition with you and the next generation of fans. Now, through the power of listening, you can be there as your own children experience that delight for the first time.

A percentage of the proceeds from The Tales of Beedle the Bard go to Lumos, an international organization founded by Rowling whose mission is to move children worldwide out of orphanages and other institutions and into loving family care by 2050.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Author:
J.K. Rowling
Narrator:
Warwick Davis, Noma Dumezweni, Jason Isaacs, Jude Law, Evanna Lynch, Sally Mortemore, Bonnie Wright
Length:
1:35
Series:
Wizarding World
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

Author:
J.K. Rowling
Narrator:
Jim Dale
Length:
21:37
Series:
Wizarding World
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy has attracted loyal fans for decades. A new television series based on the trilogy is bringing in a new generation of fans, but if you want to share the original, you can’t go wrong with the full cast dramatization of The Golden Compass available on Audible.

With a cast of ten voice actors and Pullman himself acting as narrator, this is a fast-paced, breathtaking version of The Golden Compass. The first installment in the trilogy introduces us to Lyra and her daemon Pan on their incredible journey to the far North, where they discover the secret to travelling to other worlds.

Pullman’s trilogy is one of the best coming-of-age stories in fantasy. Experiencing Lyra grow up as she challenges authority, travels to parallel universes and falls in love was a rite of passage for millions of fans. Her story is just as moving today as when it first came out. Listening to the trilogy again, you’ll quickly realize your own child is growing up at lightning speed, and you might have to fight back the waterworks in those final scenes when Pan finds his final form. Just remember that stories like these leave a lasting impression, and there are few better role models you can introduce to your children than Lyra Belacqua.

This full cast dramatization is a captivating way to join Lyra on her daring adventure to Svalbard. Draw the next generation into Pullman’s epic trilogy with this fantasy classic and relive Lyra’s world-hopping journey to adulthood.

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1

Author:
Philip Pullman
Narrator:
Philip Pullman, Joanna Wyatt, Rupert Degas, Alison Dowling, Douglas Blackwell, Jill Shilling, Stephen Thorne, Sean Barrett, Garrick Hagon, John O'Connor, Susan Sheridan, Full Cast
Length:
10:39
Series:
His Dark Materials
Type:
Unabridged Audiobook

Explore New Fantasy Series

There’s something special about sharing the things you loved growing up with your children, but that doesn’t mean those are the only titles you can share together. Why not find new fantasy titles neither of you have listened to before? If your kids share your love for enchanting stories, you can pass recommendations back and forth when you find something good.

Bond over these epic fantasy audiobooks as you listen together, watch as they meet characters you love for the first time, and try to keep a straight face when they experience the plot twists you knew were coming. Relive the magic when you see how they react to the stories you already know and love.

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