The Publishing House and its History

Angelika Schaack and Andrea Herzog founded the HÖRCOMPANY in the year 2000. Their Wish is to produce amazing and high-quality audiobooks for children and adolescent audiences, which will also bring enjoyment to adult listeners. Carefully chosen Contents are adequately transferred to the audiobook medium and read by excellent actors.

That is why the independent publisher HÖRCOMPANY is amongst the audiobook-publishers with the most awards. The HÖRCOMPANY received the Prize Kinder und Jugendhörbuch des Jahres from the hr2-Bestenliste, the German Audiobook Award (DHP), the German Youth-Audiobookprize BEO and the Auditorix Audiobook-Seal multiple times. 2019 the award for best childrens audiobook of the year from hr2Kultur went to »Die schreckliche Geschichte der abscheulichen Familie Willoughby« by Lois Lowry. »Hallo, Herr Eisbär!« was on the shortlist of the German Audiobook Award, got Leipziger Lesekompass and KIMI, a prize for diversity in childrens books. Onjali Raúf´s »Der Junge aus der letzten Reihe« was awarded prizes by von hr2 Kultur, the Academie for youth and childrens literature and the german Vinyl record critic.

Since 2002 the Publisher Beltz runs the Distribution of Hörcompany Audiobooks in Cooperation.

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The HÖRCOMPANY tells great and exiting stories for children and youth. The program draws a bow from adventure, imagination and poetry to non-fiction and history, and contains all ages and genres from storybook classics to fantasy bestsellers.

Award-winning Authors like Jason Reynolds, Lea-Lina Oppermann, Verena Reinhardt, Finn-Ole Heinrich or Marie-Aude Murail with »Simpel«, coin the program with a unique literary note. Selected All-Age-titles like the bizarre fantasy-series with Skeleton-detective ›Skulduggery Pleasant‹ shape the profile. Poems, songs and nursery rhymes contribute as well to create a distinctive listening experience. The series WELTLITERATUR FÜR KINDER renarrates classical material in a lively manner, complemented by dramatized excerpts of the original text. In the series KINDER ENTDECKEN BERÜHMTE LEUTE children can learn about the life of famous inventors and adventurors.

Treasures like the German classic »Der Sängerkrieg der Heidehasen« or the stories from the ›GRUFFELO‹-team Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler and their German voice Ilona Schulz complete the program. High-quality provisions and elaborated booklets complement the concept.

Currently a versatile selection is available with titles like »Bubble«, »Post aus Paidonesien«, »Kleiner König Kalle Wirsch« and a new Skulduggery Pleasant.


Each audiobook gets its own unique sound fitting the particular content from a proper and excellent narrator. Amongst the narrators are Wolfgang Völz, Martin Baltscheit, Fritzi Haberlandt, Jörg Pohl, Peter Lohmeyer, Sandra Hüller, Peter Kaempfe, Stefan Kurt, Birte Schnöink, Jens Wawrczeck, Julia Nachtmann, Julian Greis, Katharina Thalbach, Gerhard Garbers, Konstantin Graudus, Rainer Strecker and many other award-winning actors.

Current awards

  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2020 – Maira Farrer (Autorin) und Jörg Pohl (Sprecher): Hallo, Herr Eisbär!
  • AUDIOTRIX 2019 – Maria Farrer: Hallo, Herr Eisbär!
  • KIMI Kinderbuchsiegel 2019 – Maria Farrer, Jörg Pohl (Sprecher): Hallo, Herr Eisbär (Hörbuch)
  • hr2 Best children's audiobook of the year 2019 – Lois Lowry: Die schreckliche Geschichte der abscheulichen Familie Willoughby
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Jason Reynolds/Anja Hansen-Schmidt (Übers.)/Jörg Pohl (Sprecher): Ghost. Jede Menge Leben
  • Der Deutsche Hörbuchpreis - Best children's audio book of the year 2018 – Die furchtlose Nelli, die tollkühne Trude und der geheimnisvolle Nachtflieger (Interpret: Franziska Hartmann)
  • Children's Audiobook Award BEO 2018 – Lea-Lina Oppermann: Was wir dachten, was wir taten


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Semperstraße 24
22303 Hamburg


Phone +49 (0)40 607 706 719


Contact Person

Angelika Schaack
+49 (0)40 607 706 722

Project management
Michele Blanchard
+49 (0)40 607 706 719

Sales Verlagsgruppe Beltz
+49 (0)6201 60 07-0

Public Relations
+49 (0)40 607 706 721