Silberfisch bei Hörbuch Hamburg

The Publishing House and its History

Children’s and young adult audiobook publisher »Silberfisch« (Silver Fish) was founded in 2007 under the Hörbuch Hamburg umbrella, along the banks of the Elbe. Thanks to a careful selection of materials and a consistently high level of quality productions the publisher has been very successful from the start.


Every year, Silberfisch releases about 100 titles—from classic narration to audio drama. The program embraces a good mix of entertainment, high quality literature, and exciting nonfiction for all age groups.

Alongside classics by Michael Ende, Judith Kerr, Max Kruse and Otfried Preußler one can find contemporary children’s and young adult audiobooks by Anna Woltz, Marc-Uwe Kling, Martin Muser, Andreas Steinhöfel, Oliver Scherz, Uwe Timm, Nele Neuhaus and Philip Pullman.

Strong characters and series, like ›Die Schule der magischen Tiere‹ (The School of Magic Animals), ›Conni‹, ›Pixi‹, ›Der kleine Rabe Socke‹ (Sock the Crow), ›Die kleine Hummel Bommel‹ (Bobbles, the Little Bumblebee), ›Das magische Baumhaus‹ (Magic Tree House), ›Bitte nicht öffnen‹(Please Do not Open) and ›Der kleine Siebenschläfer‹ (Fat Little Dormouse), complete the program.

From Spring 2020 Silberfisch will release new productions of Otfried Preußler’s works. Modern, fresh realizations, top-class speakers, elaborate audio dramatizations and contemporary compositions promise to raise enthusiasm for the broad variety of Preußler’s classics with listeners of every age.

»Der Räuber Hotzenplotz« (The Robber Hotzenplotz) will start off this new edition. Considered to be one of the greatest children’s stories of the postwar period this adventurous three-volume sequel will be newly staged with Charly Hübner in the title role. Secondly, »Krabat« (Krabat), the story of a magical-gloomy gamble for freedom, will be published as an author’s reading. Last but not least Rufus Beck will lend his voice and interpretative brilliance to Preußler’s »Bei uns in Schilda« (The Wise Men of Schilda) – the witty tale of the mock-heroic pranks contrived by the citizens of Schilda.

»Die Schule der magischen Tiere« (The School of Magic Animals) will present an offspring for the youngest. Polar bear Murphy acts as detective and leads children aged 4+ through short mysteries. Laura Maire’s warm voice as narrator and the lively theme song combined with familiar voices from the popular audio dramas of the series create a pleasurable reading experience for the youngest fans. At the same time their older siblings will have fun with two more audio dramas of the established series for children from 6 years of age and with a novelty from the holiday subseries, read by Andreas Fröhlich, for children from 8 years of age.

It gets mega-funny when Marc-Uwe Kling, author of »Die Känguru-Chroniken« (The Kangaroo Chronicles), reads his two new children’s stories » Das NEINhorn & Der Tag, an dem der Opa den Wasserkocher auf den Herd gestellt hat« (The NOicorn & The Day Grandpa put the electric kettle on the stove). Both comical stories are staged with music and lots of sound effects.

Another highlight in Spring is Julian Greis’s soulful reading of »Freischwimmen« (Boy Underwater): a family story that is full of tragedy while leaving room for lightness and laughter.

Morton Rhue’s world bestseller »Die Welle« (The Wave) is more up-to-date than ever. Based on a true story, the novel shows the mechanisms of fascistic action. Equipped with bonus material, the title is published as an unabridged reading by public’s favorite David Nathan.

Artists and actors

Our multi-faceted, award-winning group of actors and fiction readers includes: Andreas Fröhlich, Charly Hübner, Christoph Maria Herbst, Sascha Icks, Stefan Kaminski, Julia Nachtmann, Oliver Rohrbeck, Katharina Thalbach and Rufus Beck.


Silberfisch audiobooks are regularly listed on the radio station hr2-Best Audiobooks monthly list for children and young adults and decorated audio book of the month by the German Academy for Children’s and Young People’s Literature.

The German audiobook award in the category »Best children’s audiobook« was awarded to Silberfisch in 2019.

Current awards

  • AUDIOTRIX 2019 – Ulrich Hub: Das letzte Schaf
  • Der Deutsche Hörbuchpreis - Best children's audio book of the year 2019 – Martin Muser: Kannawonniwasein! Manchmal muss man einfach verduften [gelesen von Stefan Kaminski]
  • Leipziger Lesekompass 2019 – Julie Leuze/Martin Baltscheit (Sprecher): Das Rumpelding, seine kleinen, mutigen Freunde und die große, weite Welt
  • hr2 Best children's audiobook of the year 2018 – Martin Muser: Kannawoniwasein! Manchmal muss man einfach verduften
  • Children's Audiobook Award BEO 2017 – Knut Krüger: Nur mal schnell das Mammut retten

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Hörbuch Hamburg HHV GmbH

Paul-Nevermann-Platz 5
22765 Hamburg
Tel. (040) 897 207 8-0
Fax (040) 897 207 8-10


Phone +49 (0)40 897 20 78-0

Contact Person

Managing Director Johannes Stricker

Sales Carlsen Verlag Sales & Distribution

Program Director Dörte Brunotte (-21)

Editorial Department Lea Warnke (-20)

Public Relations Dörthe Gaettens (-15)