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Penguin Random House Unveils Star-Studded Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales Audiobook

Olivia Colman, David Tennant and more are set to read for the audiobook collection.

Penguin Random House has announced a brand-new audio edition of Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales, starring a cast of well-known voices.

The adventures of “Peter Rabbit” and his friends include narrations by:

  • Olivia Colman (“The Favourite,” “The Crown,” “Fleabag”) reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit;
  • David Harewood (“Homeland,” “Supergirl”) reading The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher;
  • Mandip Gill (“Doctor Who,” “Hollyoaks”) reading The Tale of Pigling Bland; and
  • Tom Hardy (“The Revenant,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Peaky Blinders”) reading The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit.

The complete cast of voices includes Colman, Richard Armitage, Hardy, Pearl Mackie, Harewood, James Norton, David Tennant, Suranne Jones, Aisling Bea, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Hugh Bonneville, Lily James, Gemma Whelan, Gill, Jessie Ware, James Acaster, Jenna Coleman, Joanna Lumley, Will Young, Matt Baker, Robert Webb, Alfred Enoch and Ben Bailey Smith.

“I was so thrilled to be asked to read The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck as I was a huge Beatrix Potter fan as a young girl and my son was gifted the whole Peter Rabbit library when he was born, too,” says Jones. “The night before I went to record the story, we all read it together, which was incredibly sweet. I’m glad the characters have been committed to audio so many more families can share in their adventures.”

This new collection brings the storybook heroes to life in audio with bespoke sound effects and music. It will be published on Sept. 17 in audio download and physical CD. 

“The tales of Beatrix Potter are loved by generations of readers around the world,” says Ygraine Cadlock, editorial director, PRH Children’s Picture Books & Partnerships. “We know how much children have enjoyed listening to the stories over the years, and we’re hugely excited at launching this audio collection with a fantastic cast of new names. These narrations bring Beatrix’s much-loved characters to life and are sure to enchant children and families everywhere.”

Fans can listen to an exclusive extract of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, read by Olivia Colman, on SoundCloud

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