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Yen Audio Announces Three Future Audiobook Series

For the first time since the news of the Yen Audio imprint was shared with the world, Yen Press has announced new audiobook series at the Yen Audio Panel at Anime NYC. Three fan-favorite Yen On series will have full audiobook adaptations in 2022—Spice & Wolf (March 2022), So I’m a Spider, So What? (April 2022), and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (June 2022). Voice actors for the three upcoming audiobook series will be announced at a later date.

Spice and Wolf

Story by Isuna Hasekura

The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine—that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame?

Spice and Wolf stands out as one of the most iconic light novel series to make its way to the Western world—a Yen Press classic that is remembered as one of the first light novels released by the prolific publisher. The audiobook adaptation of Spice and Wolf is scheduled to debut on March 15, 2022.

Spice and Wolf

So I’m a Spider, So What?

Story by Okina Baba

I used to be a normal high school girl but in the blink of an eye, I woke up in a place I’ve never seen before and—and I was reborn as a spider?! How could something that’s nothing more than a tiny spider (that’s me) possibly survive in literally the worst dungeon ever? Are there no rules? There should be some rules! Who the hell is responsible for this? SHOW YOUR FACE!

So I’m a Spider, So What? has been the breakout Yen On hit of 2021, a light novel series that has become immensely popular following the success of the hit anime adaptation. This fan-favorite isekai filled with comedy, action, and a whole lot of surprises is one of the brightest stars in the current generation of light novels, and it’s on track to be a future Yen On classic. The audiobook adaptation of So I’m a Spider, So What? is scheduled to debut on April 12, 2022.

So I’m a Spider, So What?

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Story by Hajime Kamoshida

Bunny girls do not live in libraries. This is simply common sense. And yet, that’s exactly where Sakuta finds one in the wild. More bewildering is who the bunny girl is: Mai Sakurajima, a girl one year older than Sakuta, famous at their school for her acting career even though she’s currently on break. To top it all off, it seems like no one else in the library can see Mai at all, no matter what she does or…wears. Wanting to find out more about this mystery and maybe get a little closer to this beautiful upperclassman in the process, Sakuta launches an investigation to discover why an unforgettable bunny girl keeps becoming totally invisible.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai stands out as one of this generation’s most beloved romance stories in the world of anime and light novels. This tale of attraction and magical realism took the anime world by storm when the show debuted in 2018, with the original light novel becoming equally popular in the English-speaking world following its Yen On release in 2020. The audiobook adaptation of Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai is scheduled to debut on June 14, 2022.

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Yen Press Announces an Audiobook Partnership with Hachette Audio

Yen Audio

Yen Press has announced a new partnership with Hachette Audio to produce, sell, and distribute digital audiobook editions of select titles. Heading up the program under the Yen Audio label is Publisher and Managing Director Kurt Hassler, who is teaming up with Hachette Audio’s longtime Publisher and SVP Anthony Goff, who negotiated the world rights deal for Hachette Book Group.

Yen Audio will launch four debut titles in Summer and Fall 2021. The first volume of Solo Leveling, a South Korean novel by Chugong originally published online in serial releases and the basis of the bestselling webtoon of the same name, will be the first audiobook in the collaboration, slated for publication July 2021. The second release will take place in August, when the initial volume of the acclaimed light novel series Sword Art Online by author Reki Kawahara is published as a digital audiobook. Voice casting for these titles, as well as for narrators of Fall titles Overlord by Kugane Maruyama and The Saga of Tanya the Evil by Carlo Zen, will be announced soon separately. After these initial releases, it is expected that the Yen/Hachette Audio partnership will release regular seasonal adaptations.

These audiobooks based on Yen Press content will be available wherever downloadable audiobooks are sold, across platforms including Apple Books, Audible, Audiobooks.com, Downpour, Google Books, Libro.fm, Kobo, and more.

TITLEAUTHORISBNUS/CAN DLPEST. RUNRELEASE
SOLO LEVELING, VOL. 1Chugong9781975325886$25.98/$32.989.5 hoursJuly 2021
SWORD ART ONLINE 1: AINCRADReki Kawahara9781975337186$25.98/$32.987.5 hoursAug 2021
OVERLORD, VOL. 1Kugane Maruyama, so-bin9781975337490$25.98/$32.987.5 hoursSep 2021
SOLO LEVELING VOL. 2Chugong9781975325893$25.98/$32.9810 hoursOct 2021
SWORD ART ONLINE 2: AINCRADReki Kawahara9781975337209$25.98/$32.987.5 hoursOct 2021
THE MIRACLES OF THE NAMIYA GENERAL STOREKeigo Higashino9781975338350$25.98/$32.989.5 hoursNov 2021
THE SAGA OF TANYA THE EVIL, VOL. 1Carlo Zen, Shinobu Shinotsuki9781975337452$25.98/$32.9810 hoursNov 2021
OVERLORD, VOL. 2Kugane Maruyama, so-bin9781975338336$25.98/$32.987.5 hoursDec 2021
SWORD ART ONLINE 3: FAIRY DANCEReki Kawahara9781975337216$25.98/$32.987.5 hoursDec 2021

Graphic Audio and Archie Comics Announce Plans for Audio Adaptations

Graphic Audio has completed a licensing deal with Archie Comics. Archie Will You Marry Me?, also known as ‘The Archie Wedding,’ will be the first of several graphic novel collections that Graphic Audio will be releasing in their dramatized adaptation audiobook format.

Archie Will You Marry Me? will be available on Graphic Audio’s website store and everywhere digital audiobooks are sold in late Spring, followed by the release of the hit Archie Horror graphic novel Vampironica and the Archie relaunch by writer Mark Waid.

Graphic Audio and Archie

Vault Comics and GraphicAudio Announce Two Vagrant Queen Audiobooks

Vault Comics and GraphicAudio have announced they have expanded their partnership to produce two Vagrant Queen audiobooks, adapted directly from the graphic novels and produced with a full cast of actors, immersive sound effects, and cinematic music.

Vagrant Queen follows former child queen, Elida, who was driven from her throne at age ten and forced to wander the galaxy, evading the revolutionary forces that wanted her dead. When an old frenemy claims to know the whereabouts of Elida’s long-lost mother, she is forced to return to her former kingdom and stage a rescue.

The first audiobook is titled Vagrant Queen and the Bezoar Kings, and will be released on February 12, 2021. The second, Vagrant Queen and a Planet Called Doom will be released on April 21, 2021. Both series are produced by Richard RohanDuane Beeman and Matt Webb, and executive produced by Anji Cornette. Vagrant Queen and the Bezoar Kings was adapted and directed by Nanette Savard and sound designed by Casey Green and Justin Wortz.

The Vagrant Queen comic book series, published by Vault Comics, was co-created by writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Jason Smith, with colors by Harry Saxon, letters by Zakk Saam, and design by Tim Daniel. Vagrant Queen volumes One and Two are on store shelves now. In 2021, Vagrant Queen was adapted into a fan-favorite TV series on the SYFY network.

Pathfinder Tales Now on Audible!

Pathfinder Tales the Redemption EnginePaizo Inc., publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, has announced the exclusive partnership with Audible, Inc. to release the entire catalog of Pathfinder Tales as audiobooks. The first wave—releasing today, October 13th—includes 15 titles by notable fantasy authors such as best-sellers Michael Stackpole and Elaine Cunningham, Hugo Award winners Tim Pratt and Wendy N. Wagner, and fan favorites Dave Gross and James L. Sutter, with the remainder of the library becoming available mid-January 2016.

In the best-selling Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, players take on the role of brave adventurers fighting to survive in a world of magic and monsters. The Pathfinder RPG is currently translated into eight languages, and the vibrant Pathfinder universe has been licensed for comic book series, graphic novels, miniatures, plush toys, video games, and apparel.

Listen to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

GraphicAudio-Spider-Man-KLH-HeadphonesGraphicAudio and Marvel, present the audio adaptation of Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt.

Experience the classic, genre-defining Spider-Man shocker like never before in this new audio adaptation!  After years of crushing defeats at the hands of the web-slinger, Russian aristocrat, Kraven the Hunter decides to battle Spider-Man in one final showdown to determine who the superior warrior is.   Kraven usurps the mantle of Spider-Man, but must prove himself superior to his nemesis by defeating the one villain he was unable to defeat on his own, the cannibalistic Vermin.

Adapted from the Marvel Prose novel, this landmark Marvel story becomes more haunting than ever through this GraphicAudio production. Bone-chilling and gripping, Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt will envelop listeners with riveting performances by a full cast, rich cinematic music, and vivid sound effects.

Listen to a sample scene audio clip of SSpider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt now:

Or, check out the trailer!

GraphicAudio CD formats and Marvel Prose novel editions also available at comic shops and Spidey-loving bookstores near you!

Listen to Howard the Duck #1 …WTD?!?!

He’s a person just like we are….only he’s also a duck. For the first time ever, sit back, relax and be transported into the world of Howard the Duck as only Marvel and Graphic Audio could present.

Howard the Duck #1, written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Joe Quinones is out in March.

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