DFTBA Records yesterday opened pre-orders for a special audiobook version of upcoming novel The Fault in Our Stars narrated by its author John Green, after many fans asked him to read the audiobook. There will only be 3,000 Green-narrated editions and a tweet earlier today from Alan Lastufka, co-founder of DFTBA, noted that over a quarter of the 3,000 available have already been sold in the first 12 hours of pre-orders opening. Otherwise, the audiobook that will be widely available is to be narrated by Kate Rudd, who lent her voice to the audiobook version of the magnificent Tithe by Holly Black.
A note from Green on the DFTBA Records website gives more information on what the audiobook set will include:
Even though The Fault in Our Stars is narrated by 16-year-old girl, Hazel Lancaster, hundreds of you have lobbied for me to read an audiobook version even though I am a 34-year-old man. I, meanwhile, wanted there to be a proper audiobook read by a qualified (and female!) narrator. I worked with a director at Brilliance Audio in choosing the extraordinary Kate Rudd to narrate the REAL audiobook for The Fault in Our Stars. Kate’s rehearsal tape sounded so much like Hazel that I knew immediately she was the perfect Hazel. You can preorder the REAL audiobook here.
HOWEVER: I have heard the many of you who’ve asked me to read you this story, and thanks to the generosity and creativity of my audiobook publisher, THIS WILL INDEED BE POSSIBLE.
This limited-edition box set will be available only at dftba.com and only, as the saying goes, while supplies last.
The box set will include:
- Six CDs of me reading The Fault in Our Stars.
- One DVD including eight bonus videos in which I discuss themes from the book, visit settings, talk about different inspirations, and explore the ways the nerdfighter community shaped (and made possible) the story I ended up writing.
- A wristband for The Hectic Glow, a band so beautifully underground that they don’t even exist.
- An awesome concert ticket for The Hectic Glow, a concert so epic that it never technically occurred.
- Four TFiOS-themed postcards designed by nerdfighters that you can send to your friend to brag that you own the John Green-narrated audiobook and they don’t.
- Also, all 3,000 copies will be–get this–UNSIGNED.
There will be no digital version, and this won’t be for sale elsewhere, because I don’t want it to compete with the real audiobook. We’re also contractually obligated never to print more of these, so once they’re gone, they’re gone for good.
Find out more about the $40 limited edition and pre-order to your heart’s content right here on the DFTBA Records website. The Fault in Our Stars comes out on the 10th January 2012 in the United States, published by Dutton, whilst the audiobook narrated by Kate Rudd comes out on the same day, priced at $19.99 and published by Brilliance Audio.