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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

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at the Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance Audio Experience. Out Now in Book and Audio!

Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance

While on loan to CERN, a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions leaves astrophysicist Bernard Hubert as the sole survivor. While the scientific community and world looks to him for answers, he states the unthinkable: “It has to be aliens.” Unacceptable to the world, the Hubert family is under investigation and their name tarnished. Disgraced and shunned, Bernard claws his way back into society with his new company C.O.R.E. where he works tirelessly to design an engine capable of interstellar travel. Follow Bernard on his road to redemption and discovery in this ensemble cast of futurism, space travel, and the fate of our species.

A thoughtful meditation on the human race’s place in the universe as well as an entertaining sci-fi adventure, Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance asks some important questions. Why hasn’t sentient life been discovered in our galaxy? If that life exists, why has no other life communicated with us? The answer is simple, no one wants to. Enter the Galactic Star Alliance, a union of species and planets that span the galaxy earth calls home. But while our galaxy has yet to speak to Earth there are some humans who believe it is out there. Not as science-fantasy but as science.

Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance is the first in a planned series of 10 epic sci-fi prose novels from authors Matthew Medney, Heavy Metal CEO, and Lockheed Martin Aerospace Engineer John Connelly.

The audio experience features the talent of actor and entrepreneur Dylan Sprouse (All-Wise Meadery & Sun Eater) voices Odian Spek and film/television director and producer George C. Romero (Romero Pictures) voices Tordok, as well as Kyle Perrin (Another Kingdom: Season 3 and The Cold War: What We Saw) who also sound designed, narrated the majority of the voices and book and scored the audiobook alongside Matt Medney.

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Caliber Comics teams with Graphic Audio to adapt the Deadworld Comic Book Horror Saga

Deadworld Volume 1: Requiem for the World

Caliber Comics has announced that it has teamed with Graphic Audio to adapt the critically acclaimed Deadworld comic book series into a set of fully immersive audiobook productions. Featuring a full voice-over cast, cinematic music, and special sound effects, fans will be able to uniquely experience the supernatural zombie horror saga that has entertained comic fans for close to 35 years.

A gateway has opened to the realm of the dead and caused a zombie apocalypse! Deadworld tells the story of a group of teenagers left to survive in a world where perhaps the only threat more deadly than the living dead are the actual living! Can they survive with no adults, little food or gasoline in a yellow school bus, while being hunted down by the leader of an ever growing zombie army? Meet the King Zombie; an intelligent, sarcastic, Harley-riding ass-kicker, with seemingly supernatural powers and the ability to control the “dead-head” horde. He is on a mission to dominate this world under his un-dead rule and unleash hell upon mankind.

The first audiobook is scheduled to be released November 19, 2020 and brings together the events from Volume 1: Requiem for the World and Volume 2: Welcome to the Slaughterhouse; both volumes written by Gary Reed. Within we shall witness the teens’ efforts to stay one step ahead of King Zombie and their journey to the community of Safe Haven where they will fall into the hands of a rogue scientist and learn of his plans to save the world.

Review: Molly Danger Audio Play

molly-dangerTurning comics into radio plays or audio recordings seems to be a hot thing nowadays. AudioComics has released Molly Danger Episode One based on the comic series created by Jamal Igle and published by Action Lab Entertainment. This is the second release in AudioComics’ Kids line.

Molly is “the princess of finesse,” the most powerful ten-year old in the world. Protector of Coopersville, New York from the villainous Supermechs, including Two-Fisted Tommy and Lil’ Cavey, she has legions of devoted fans, movies and merchandise bearing her name, and more fame than anyone can fathom. But what she really wants more than anything…is a friend. A family. And a real life.

Meanwhile, the forces of evil are converging to rock Molly’s world. For 20 years she has been led to believe she’s an immortal alien whose family died when their ship crash-landed on Earth, genetically altered by the earth’s atmosphere. She also believes that she is the last of her people. She is wrong–very wrong…

I remember listening to audio plays when I was much younger, usually of some popular movie or book. Decades later, and the experience is much of what I remember.

It honestly took me a bit to get into the recording, it’s just not something I was used to at all. About 10 minutes into it though, I forgot about it all and was immersed in Molly’s world brought to spoken word.

It helped that I’ve read the source material, so knew the story before hand, and I’d imagine my experience mattered on that. So, keep all of that in mind if you decide to listen to it. I knew what was going on partially because I read the comic.

The audio itself reminded me of old-time recordings with cheesy sound fx and over the top readings. It was fun though, a nice, interesting, and different way to experience Igle’s story.

The voice cast was good with individuals taking on numerous roles and characters sounding age appropriate, important when your main character is supposed to be a little girl. My only issue was some voices sounded a bit distant as if in a room far away.

Overall, the recording was fun. I’d definitely get it for a kid to listen to during a road trip or other point their mp3 player needs to be filled up with some entertainment. Molly herself is fantastic for kids, so being able to experience her adventures in as many ways as possible is a good thing.

Overall Rating: 7.75

Civil War Gets an Audiobook

Marvel Comics’ took their popular Civil War event story and adapted it into a prose novel. Now, that prose novel is being adapted again into an audiobook.  The Cutting Corporation and Marvel Entertainment have entered into a licensing agreement where four of Marvel’s prose novels will be released in the GraphicAudio®…A Movie in Your Mind® unique audiobook format.  GraphicAudio® audio productions are six hours on average of action packed audio entertainment with sound effects, cinematic music, narration and a full cast. Civil War was adapted by Stuart Moore and shook up the Marvel Universe.

In the wake of a tragedy, Capitol Hill proposes the Superhuman Registration Act, requiring all costumed heroes to unmask themselves before the government. Divided, the nation’s greatest champions must each decide how to react — but will you side with Iron Man or Captain America? And just which heroes will pay the ultimate price?”

Civil War, the Prose Novel was released in June 2012 and Civil War in GraphicAudio® will be released in March of 2013 and initially available at www.graphicaudio.net and www.graphicaudiointernational.net.  Two titles featuring The Ultimates and one title featuring a Spider-Man prose novel in GraphicAudio® will follow.


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