Audible and Kindle!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I'm a huge fan of audiobooks, so you can imagine my excitement as both an author and an editor to say the following words:

Paizo and Audible have partnered to release the entire Pathfinder Tales novel line as audiobooks—and the first wave is available now!

Along with Publisher Erik Mona and various other staff members, I've been working on this deal for more than a year, and it's been torture keeping it secret. We've just released slightly over half of the Pathfinder Tales backlist, with the rest releasing in mid-January. And of course, Tor/Macmillan will continue to produce new audiobooks as they come out. Which means that very soon, every Pathfinder novel ever released will be in audiobook form! You can find all 17 books currently available and listen to samples at audible.com/pathfinder.


These awesome stories and more of our Pathfinder Tales novels are now available through Audible!

One of the best things about the way Audible has approached these books is the amazing team of narrators they've assembled. For the last several months, my phone's been ringing day, night, and weekends as the narrators make sure they get pronunciations right for every character, city, and monster. (I actually spent a whole layover on the flight home from Gen Con sitting in an airport carefully speaking monster names into my phone—I'm sure the folks sitting near me thought I was summoning a demon via teleconference.) Not only is it fun to have a huge range of voices reading the books, but it's gratifying to see the narrators equally passionate about the work—not only are they all skilled voice artists, but some were already playing Pathfinder!

Yet that's not the only announcement I've been dying to make. While I mentioned it a bit on social media when it first went live, all of the Pathfinder Tales novels are now available on Kindle through Amazon. It's something I've been working on since literally before the first novel released, and I'm thrilled that our relationship with Tor has allowed us to finally get every Pathfinder Tales novel released in all the major formats—including the biggest contender in the ring.

It's a proud day for Pathfinder Tales. So whether you prefer to read in hard copy, on an e-reader, or while driving to work*, I hope you check out the novels!

James L. Sutter
Executive Editor

* Actually, that last one only applies if you're reading via audiobook—otherwise you should probably keep your eyes on the road.

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The Exchange

Fantastic news! Thanks.


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I drive three hours per day to get to and from work. I have had Audible since 2005 and have hundreds of titles. I love the inclusion of these books to their service.

Executive Editor

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Duncan7291 wrote:
I drive three hours per day to get to and from work. I have had Audible since 2005 and have hundreds of titles. I love the inclusion of these books to their service.

Yeah, Audible totally changed how I look at commuting. It also made working out and cleaning the house waaaay more appealing. ;)

Dark Archive

Thank you so much. Please tell me that I can get the other books for kindle soon.


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Sweet! Just grabbed "Pirates Honor" for the Kindle when I read this! Been wanting to read that one for a while... :)


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Society Subscriber

Will the owner of an audio book be able to get the Pathfinder Tales chronicle? How would they show ownership?


Freaking awesome! Being blind, I have a massive amount of audible books, so now I'll have a few more. In fact, I've been saving up my credits for just such an occasion. Now comes the hard part, on which 5 should I spend those credits? Hmm... decisions decisions.


Steve Palfi wrote:
Will the owner of an audio book be able to get the Pathfinder Tales chronicle? How would they show ownership?

Show it on your phone, in the app, I'd imagine.

Somewhat on a related note, will there be a Pathfinder Tales Volume 6 boon at some point?

Contributor

This is so exciting! Well done, Paizo and Tor! :)

Executive Editor

Gleaming Terrier wrote:
Steve Palfi wrote:
Will the owner of an audio book be able to get the Pathfinder Tales chronicle? How would they show ownership?

Show it on your phone, in the app, I'd imagine.

Somewhat on a related note, will there be a Pathfinder Tales Volume 6 boon at some point?

This is a great solution. Show it on your phone, print out a screenshot of your Audible library with the book in it—really any way you want.

As for more Pathfinder Society boons—I know Tonya's doing a bunch of stuff to manage the campaign coordinator transition at the moment, but it's definitely on her list!

Executive Editor

Aoann wrote:
Thank you so much. Please tell me that I can get the other books for kindle soon.

By other books, do you mean the game books? If so, I think e-readers have a lot of trouble with those due to the graphic-heavy layout. But they work great on tablets!

Liberty's Edge

Amazing! Simply Amazing!

Liberty's Edge

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Yay finally!


Pathfinder Card Game Subscriber
Gleaming Terrier wrote:


Somewhat on a related note, will there be a Pathfinder Tales Volume 6 boon at some point?

Agreed. They are very long overdue

Dark Archive

I own about onethousand audio dramas and have listened to maybe tousand more.

I have listened to the 5 minute audio sample of WINTER WITCH and it is horrible! The narrator is totally bad.

Then i listened to the 5 minute audio sample of PRINCE OF WOLVES and although it is better than WINTER WITCH it is bad too.

Then i listened to the audio sample of PLAGUE OF SHADOWS which is ok.

Paizo should not waste such great stories to being read by amateur voice actors and control it´s properties better.

Also i would buy some of these audio adaptions on CD but i will never buy them on audible or another virtual medium.
Pathfinder Legends are much better!


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Great news!


This is great news! I read audiobooks every day on my 30 minute (each way) commute. I generally get them from my local library (books on CD). Will these be sold as books on CD? If so, I may try to coerce the Worcester Public Library into buying some!


This is the bestest news ever.
I now know what all of my future Audible credits will be spent on.

Executive Editor

Itchy wrote:
This is great news! I read audiobooks every day on my 30 minute (each way) commute. I generally get them from my local library (books on CD). Will these be sold as books on CD? If so, I may try to coerce the Worcester Public Library into buying some!

At the moment, I don't believe there are any plans to release on CD, though it's always possible. The costs of printing and distributing are prohibitively expensive. Maybe if we get a bestseller!

The Pathfinder Legends audiodramas are on CD, though, so you might want to look into those!

Executive Editor

Also, just a note for folks that the Audible reviews don't include regular Amazon reviews, which means that you could be the VERY FIRST to review these audiobooks... :)

Dark Archive

I am new to the series, and would love to get started. What order should I get the audio books?

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

I've been listening to Prince of Wolves, and the narrator starts developing more 'personality' with his characters as the novel progresses.

Part of that always comes with time. Compare Grave Peril to Storm Front, for example. Or John Glover's Reading of Ghost Story (not his first audiobook, but his first Dresden Files) vs James Marster's reading (his 12the Dresden file)

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

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Glord,

The novels don.t *need* to be read in any order... but chronoligcally, some of the books are in order.

Radovan and Varian:
Prince of Wolves
Master of Devils
Queen of Thorns
King of Chaos
Lord of Runes

Salim:
Death's Heretic
The Redemption Engine

Celeste and Torius:
Pirate's Honor
Pirate's Promise.

Executive Editor

Hi Glord! While Matthew's totally correct about the chronology of certain characters, we make sure that all of the books stand on their own, so you can really start with whichever one sounds most interesting to you, or whose narration sample you like the best!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

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To add what I mentioned earlier.

Started Master of Devils, and the narrator is developing more personalities for his work.

Spoiler:
I will still hear Arnisant as 'Doug' from Up, no matter what he does. Sorry Dave!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

To follow up on my previous post.

Master of Devils is 'better' than Prince of Wolves. Radovan and Varian both have more distinct 'voices' as does Dou- Arnisant. (Yes, I still hear it!)

Been listening to The Number of the Beast with the GF in the ca, so I've been alternating.

Contributor

Gotta say I'm having a ball listening to my own novels, hearing someone else voice the characters and pronounce the names... These are very well done. Many fun hours of listening in my future...

Executive Editor

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I'm with you, Chris—I've been relaxing at the end of the day by listening to The Redemption Engine. While it can be weird to hear voices or pronunciations different than what you imagined when writing, that's nothing compared to the deep, deep satisfaction of hearing somebody actually speak Gav's patter. :D


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Finally, a use for the 20+ Audible credita I have accumulated!

Liberty's Edge

When can we expect "wave 2"? It's feeling very "mid-January" outside.

There is one, in particular, I have been waiting for...

Executive Editor

Your question has been answered... plus FREE STUFF! :D

Grand Lodge

For many of the books, you can add the narration for about $3.50 if you already own the Kindle version of the book. If you purchased digital copies of the book through Paizo.com prior to the deal with Tor, can those licenses carry over to Amazon or would you need to repurchase it through Amazon?

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