'Potter' audio books pass million mark

  October 30, 2003 at 1:47 PM ET
  grae     Wizard News (via U TV)

If you thought only the Harry Potter books were popular, you may be surprised at the popularity of the audio versionsopens in new window.

The Harry Potter yarns have become the first literary series to sell more than a million audio books in the UK, the BBC said today.

The unabridged CD and cassette recordings run to a colossal length of more than 80 hours, each read by Stephen Fry.

Steven Edney, sales director of BBC Audiobooks, commented: "Harry Potter has broken all the rules in the audio category."

Helen Nicoll of production company HNP, which created the recordings, said: "When we published the first book we said that if we made 10,000 sales of such a long unabridged book, that would be a fantastic achievement.

"To make a million sales is almost unbelievable."


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