Popular regional magazine Texas Monthly has a reputation for good storytelling. Now, the publication will put a literal voice to those tales.
The magazine released its first collection of audio stories this week through a partnership with Penguin Random House Audio. The two collections — True Crime and Social Studies — are the first of four to be released this year through the spring.
The next two collections will be called "Texas Business" and "Culture and National Magazine Award-Winning Features," of which the publication has many.
The stories are compiled from Texas Monthly’s archives, culling together 21 of the most popular stories since the magazine started in 1973. A native Texan narrates each to ensure an authentic feel.
Meant to be just long enough to last a morning’s commute or workout, the stories include newer and classic pieces, such as Mimi Swartz’s “The Cheerleader Murder Plot” and Skip Hollandsworth’s “The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob,” a National Magazine Award-winner.
“This partnership [with Penguin Random House] represents a big step forward in our efforts to evolve from a print-centric operation to one that meets readers where they are,” stated Tim Taliaferro, editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly. “It’s a sensible match of two elite storytelling brands, and the best part is that readers and listeners stand to gain the most”
The partnership with Penguin Random House comes following a recent alliance between Texas Monthly and Farm & Ranch magazine, which allowed the publication to reach a new audience by supplementing Farm & Ranch with some of its best feature stories.
The Texas Monthly stories are available individually or as four collections wherever digital audiobooks are sold.