Potter's Spells No Match for Patterson's Thrills

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"Half Blood Prince" debuts at No. 2 on August top 20 list.

Simply Audiobooks announced today that James Patterson’s suspense thriller "Honeymoon" retained its number one spot on the Top 20 Most Requested Titles list, against the immensely popular release of J.K. Rowling’s "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

The much-anticipated addition to the Potter series was expected to dominate the company’s top 20 list, but missed the mark, according to the online audio book rental company’s latest statistics on member requests.

“I was surprised that 'The Half Blood Prince' did not take the top spot here,” said Rachel Hitchcock of the Simply Audiobooks Operations group. “We were expecting Harry to rule the bookshelf queues when we released the audio book to our members, but the wizard’s Top-Spot-In-The-Queue spell proved ineffective against Patterson’s 'Honeymoon'."

Potter fans can take comfort in knowing that "The Half Blood Prince"’s unprecedented second place debut had the effect of moving all previous Potter audio books up on the Most Requested Titles list, and is expected to rule the list for many months.

The Simply Audiobooks rental service allows members to browse through an online library of 5,000 titles. Members request books for their personal bookshelf and selections are then shipped in order of availability and position on the list.

About Simply Audiobooks

Simply Audiobooks is the largest online provider of CD audio book rentals serving North America. Launched in 2003, the company was the first to offer an unlimited rental model for audio books, with free direct-to-door delivery and no late fees. Simply Audiobooks stocks thousands of titles in multiple genres, including fiction, non-fiction, business, spiritual, classic and children's literature. With offices in Toronto, Buffalo and Las Vegas, Simply Audiobooks is the only audio book rental provider to service the United States and Canada. For more information visit http://www.simplyaudiobooks.com.

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