Amazon and Audible have released a free, 10-hour audio book collection titled The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories. This comes as Dungeons & Dragons celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
The Legend of Drizzt is an anthology of previously-published material featuring one of the most iconic characters in the Dungeons & Dragons universe of Forgotten Realms, the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden.
The free audio book is brought to life through the narration of an all-star cast, including:
- Felicia Day
- Sean Aston
- Wil Wheaton
- “Weird” Al Yankovic
- Melissa Rauch
The collection can be obtained either as single Audible titles or altogether at www.audible.com/d&d. The only caveat to grabbing The Legend of Drizzt is that you must have a free Audible account. If you don’t have one already, now is a great time to sign up!
Here’s the full press release from Audible:
Audible Releases All-Star Recording of R. A. Salvatore’s The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories
Experience the World of Dungeons & Dragons as Never Before, with Stories Performed by Stars of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The X-Files, The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: The Next Generation and MoreDownload Individual Stories, or the Entire Collection, Free for the Next 40 Days at Audible.com
NEWARK, N.J., Aug 12, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced the release of The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories. Each of the twelve stories in the collection about the iconic Dungeons & Dragons dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden is narrated by a different actor; the eclectic group of performers includes Sean Astin, Michael Chiklis, Felicia Day, David Duchovny, Tom Felton, Greg Grunberg, Dan Harmon, Ice-T, Danny Pudi, Melissa Rauch, Wil Wheaton and Al Yankovic. R. A. Salvatore, the New York Times bestselling author of the collection, as well as more than 30 Drizzt novels, has recorded an introduction to the audiobook. For the next 40 days, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons, the stories will be available as free downloads at Audible.com, either individually or as a collection, at www.audible.com/d&d .
“I’ve been a fan and gamer since I was a kid, and to this day it consumes me,” said Greg Grunberg. “Role-playing games were the beginning of acting for me. Games have always been a part of my life; even today I have my own channel on Twitch called SocialTronLive. So for me to be involved in this awesome project and lend my voice was a no-brainer.”
“Thanks to the performances of these fabulous actors, listeners will be swept up by the vividly imagined world of Dungeons & Dragons,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “We’re excited to make this brilliantly conceived and dramatically performed collection of stories about one of D&D’s most beloved characters available for free to millions of D&D enthusiasts—and to anyone who loves a good story. We think our listeners will love the performances by this distinguished and diverse roster of acting talent. And with more than 500 D&D novels and story collections in our store, there is plenty more for fans to enjoy.”
“I’ve been a huge fan of R. A. Salvatore and the D&D worlds my whole life,” said Felicia Day. “I loved being able to bring part of it to life in this audiobook, and to channel my inner male dwarf.”
“Whether or not you are a D&D fan, this collection is marvelous entertainment,” said Liz Schuh, Head of Licensing and Publishing, Wizards of the Coast. “Drizzt brought to life by these fantastic performers adds another memorable dimension to R. A. Salvatore’s stories.”
The production is part of a partnership between Audible and Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast, through which Salvatore’s entire Drizzt catalog will be recorded in audio. Salvatore’s first published novel, The Crystal Shard, introduced the world to the dark elf Drizzt; since then, his books have sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S. and have been translated into 14 languages.
Among the acclaimed actors who have performed works of literature for Audible are Bryan Cranston, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon. In 2013, Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and also won the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.
Audible invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2013, Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of a year, the equivalent of close to 600 million listening hours.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com , Inc. subsidiary AMZN +1.20% , is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content includes more than 150,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.
ABOUT WIZARDS OF THE COAST
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. HAS +0.74% , is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards’ players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and KAIJUDO. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com .
Dungeons & Dragons, Neverwinter, their respective logos, Forgotten Realms, and Magic: The Gathering are trademarks of Wizards of the Coast LLC in the U.S.A. and other countries. All rights reserved. Kaijudo is a trademark of Wizards of the Coast/Shogakukan/Mitsui-Kids.
SOURCE: Audible, Inc.
Matthew Thornton, 973-820-0402
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