Audiobook News Archive

The Player of Games Audio Shortlisted for Galaxy Award

The shortlists for the 2011 Galaxy Awards have been announced today, and The Player of Games, read by Peter Kenny, has been nominated for the Best Audiobook Award.

This year's awards will be announced on 4th November. In the meantime, The Player of Games is available as an audio download from, (for US-based listeners) and the iTunes store.

Player of Games Audio Download Now Available

As mentioned last month, an audio download edition of Iain M Banks's much-loved Culture novel The Player of Games is out now.

One again, the narrator is Banks-regular Peter Kenny and the download is available via, (for US-based listeners) and the iTunes store.

Consider Phlebas Audio Download Now Available

Last Thursday was the official publication date of a brand new, unabridged audiobook edition of Iain's first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas.

The narrator is Banks-regular Peter Kenny and the download is available via and the iTunes store.

And December 2nd is the official release date for the unabridged audio download edition of The Player of Games, once again narrated by the multi-talented Peter Kenny and available from and iTunes. Details will be posted on (or around) publication day.

Transition Podcast #11 on iTunes Top 20

The free iTunes podcast of Transition is currently sitting pretty at number #11 in the UK iTunes store Top Podcasts list:

Transition on iTunes

To access the free podcast episodes, you'll need to download and install the iTunes software. The podcast files (three episodes are available so far) should then be free to access, although you'll need to sign up to the iTunes store in order to leave a rating.

Don't forget to subscribe to the channel as well - let's get Transition into the top ten!

N.B. The US / Canadian iTunes store won't be carrying the podcast until the US / Canadian edition of Transition is published, on September 23rd.

Transition iTunes podcast serialisation from September 3rd

Hachette Digital have confirmed that they'll be publishing the UK ebook edition of Transition in epub format, priced £17.61 and available from and More details when the relevant catalogue links go live.

The Wasp Factory on BBC Radio 4

Iain's debut novel The Wasp Factory, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will feature on BBC Radio 4's A Good Read on Tuesday March 3rd at 4.30 p.m., repeated on Friday March 6th at 11.00 p.m.

Visit for more information on the current series of A Good Read.

Download 'The Wasp Factory', FREE, via The Independent and

The Independent and have teamed up to bring you a free, yes, that's right, a completely FREE - audio download of the new audiobook version of The Wasp Factory.

The Independent explains:

"Over the course of the week [the offer went live on April 2nd*] you will be able to download the chapters from this celebrated novel and by Friday April 11th you will have all of the parts you need to make up the complete 6-hour audiobook."

Full details of the offer are available from

And check out for a special offer on a range of Iain Banks audio titles from, which are available at a 30% discount until April 18th.

*Apologies for the late posting of this one, folks... if you're quick, you can still catch it!

Out Now: Iain Banks' 'The Wasp Factory', Audio CD, read by Peter Kenny

A brand new audio adaptation of Iain Banks' career-launching debut novel, The Wasp Factory, is available now on CD Audiobook from Hachette Audio.

The narrator is Peter Kenny, an actor and singer who has worked widely in theatre and broadcasting, appearing with, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, A&BC, Coventry Belgrade, and the BBC Radio Repertory Company.

Click on the cover for more info on The Wasp Factory: