Potter audiobook out this summer


Welcome back, Jim Dale.

The U.S. audiobook of the seventh and final Harry Potter, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” will be released July 21, the same time as the bound text, with the Grammy Award-winning Dale again handling all the voices. The British editions have been narrated by actor Stephen Fry. The Listening Library, the children’s imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group, announced Monday that the audio for the 784-page book will run 21 hours, and retail for US$79.95. No first printing was announced, but Amanda D’Acierno, director of marketing and publicity for Random House Audio, told The Associated Press that the number would “definitely” be higher than the 635,000 announced for Potter 6, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” None of the Potter stories are available as e-books, a status not expected to change with “Deathly Hallows.”