Storytel, the Arabic division of Europe’s leading platform for audiobooks, announced today that the Arabic audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone - the first novel in the widely popular Harry Potter series by British author J.K. Rowling - is now available for download on its app.
The latest announcement - made at Kuttab Café, Dubai - comes 12 weeks after Storytel officially revealed its collaboration with Pottermore Publishing, the global digital publisher of stories from the Wizarding World™, at Cairo International Book Fair. The ceremony formally unveiling the partnership was attended by leading influencers and broadcast live on social media. There was a Q&A session and a live reading from top voice-over artist Samaan Ferizali, the narrator of the Arabic audio format of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as well as the remaining six main books that will be gradually released throughout 2019.
Ferizali is a great articulator with a world-class ability to bring fictional characters to life. With a career spanning 15 years, the voice actor, dubbing artist, and presenter has recorded many books, novels, and children's stories for several prestigious publishing houses such as Dar Al Halabi in Morocco and Wahat Al Hekayat in Egypt.
Ammar Mardawi, Country Manager, Storytel Arabia, said: “It is going to be a different experience listening to, instead of reading, the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends. Samaan has done a spectacular job bringing life to over 150 characters of the seven books and giving our listeners a fresh way to enjoy the many twists and turns of the Harry Potter series. We hope to take this wonderful collection of stories to as many places in the Arab region as possible, so that book lovers in this part of the world can experience the magic all over again in a new way. This latest venture is another way of delivering the best audiobook collection to our subscribers across the Arab region, who continue to support and trust our organization.”
The Storytel app can be downloaded on Google Play and Apple App Store. Listeners can easily download the book and listen to it offline once it is saved in the book shelf. The collaboration between Storytel and Pottermore Publishing is expected to expand Storytel’s audience and entice more audiobook listeners in the Arab world.
Storytel is the world's first streaming service for unlimited listening/reading on the mobile phone. The service was launched in 2005 and Storytel has had more than 53 million consumed audiobooks and ebooks up to this date. Storytel works with all smartphones, and has an offline function which makes it possible to listen to audiobooks even when there’s no internet connection available. In the past four years, Storytel has had a compound annual growth rate ("CAGR") of 62 percent and continues to grow year after year. The company is headquartered in Stockholm and operates in 18 markets: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Finland, Russia, Poland, Iceland, Turkey, Italy, Spain, India, United Arab Emirates, Bulgaria, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Germany.
About Pottermore Publishing:
Pottermore Publishing is the global digital publisher of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series as well as other audiobooks and eBooks from the Wizarding World™. It aims to lead the way in innovative digital publishing and to bring new generations of readers together with long-standing fans, celebrating and bringing to life the stories that first began with the Boy Who Lived. Visit www.pottermorepublishing.com for the full range of publishing, including language availability as well as forthcoming releases.
About Samaan Raja Ferizali, Presenter, Narrator and Voice Actor:
Over the span of his 15-year-long career as a voice actor, dubbing artist and a presenter, Samaan Raja Ferizali has recorded many books, novels and children's stories for many publishing houses such as Dar Al Halabi in Morocco and Wahat Al Hekayat in Egypt. ‘Layla Ghashia,’ ‘Haleq Maei,’ ‘Konoz Al Lugha,’ ‘Al Nasr Al Khataf,’ ‘Asafi’ and ‘Musabaqat Al Ebdaa’. Besides, Ferizali has lent his voice to documentaries, has done dubbing of Turkish, Indian, Spanish and Argentinian series and has been a radio presenter for Damascus Radio. Winner of many awards including the New Interactive Studio Company for Artistic Production, Dubbing and Documentaries Award, and the Distinct Voices Award from Farah Radio, Ferizali was chosen to record the audiobooks of Harry Potter series for Storytel.
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