It should come as no real surprise that science fiction has become one of the leading audiobook genres. In fact, New research from Harris Interactive indicates that science fiction is one of the leading audiobook genres, with 30% of those surveyed listening to science fiction in the last 12 months! So kick back and rejoice all you sci-fi-crazed audio fans, because Penguin Random House Audio has partnered with Rebellion to produce and distribute audio versions of their latest titles alongside graphic novels from Rebellion’s #1 bestselling imprint, 2000 AD.
Richard Lennon, Audio Publisher at Penguin Random House, said “This is a really exciting new partnership which helps us reach even more listeners in this hugely popular and ever-growing section of the audiobook market. We’re looking forward to helping tell some of Rebellion’s incredible stories and to creating some truly groundbreaking recordings, particularly as we explore turning some of British comic book history’s true greats – Judge Dredd, Sláine, and Rogue Trooper, to name but a few — into audiobooks for the first time.”
Penguin Random House will produce and distribute audio versions of around 30 titles a year from the Rebellion frontlist, which covers genres including science fiction, fantasy and horror, and will include works from authors such as Chuck Wendig, Katherine Addison, Derek Künsken, and Adrian Tchaikovsky. The audiobooks, published from March 2020 forward, will draw on Penguin Random House’s roster of top narrator talent. The partnership will also see Penguin Random House record and produce adaptations of 5 new graphic novels in the 2000 AD series, which will feature multi-voice narration, sound design and original music to bring the stories to life.
“Rebellion is the UK’s leading comic book publisher and home to Hugo and Nebula award-winning fiction from our Solaris and Abaddon imprints, and as such we’re delighted to partner with Penguin’s forward-looking audio team,” said Ben Smith, Rebellion’s Head of Film, TV, and Publishing. “Their appetite to bring both our fiction and our landmark graphic novels to the audiobook market is tremendously exciting. We can’t wait for the public to listen to the incredible stories in the works.”
Available from today, the first title to be published will be Chuck Wendig’s apocalyptic epic, Wanderers, read by Dominic Hoffman and Xe Sands.