Audible Launches ‘The A-List Collection’

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Thursday, March 8th 2012

Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Samuel L. Jackson and Susan Sarandon Take Part in a New Series Including Hollywood’s Biggest Stars Available Now for Download at Audible.com

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Audible.com, the world’s leading provider of digital spoken-word entertainment, announced that its highly anticipated audiobook series ‘The A-List Collection’ is now available for download at www.audible.com/alist.

This collection showcases tour de force audio performances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The first set of books available for download includes Anne Hathaway’s performance of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Kate Winslet’s performance of Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, Samuel L. Jackson’s performance of A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes, and Susan Sarandon’s performance of The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring these breathtaking performances of literature to our rapidly expanding population of listeners,” said Audible.com founder and CEO, Donald Katz. “Audible has consistently sought to elevate the quality of audiobook narration, and we hope this collection will expose an even broader audience to the rich palette of performances that makes listening to audiobooks so pleasurable.”

Anne Hathaway said of her experience performing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, “It’s such a wonderful book and I was so happy to be a part of bringing it to life. There are a lot of great voices in it. The more fun you have with it, the sillier and the more free you get with it, the better it is because it’s a story that can handle it. It’s amazing to be able to discover something new about something you feel you know so well.”

The A-List Collection features an unparalleled roster of the world’s most celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star helped select. Additional audio performances in the series will include such talents as:

  • Annette Bening (Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf)
  • Colin Firth (The End of the Affair by Graham Greene)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Being There by Jerzy Kosinski)
  • Hilary Swank (Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp)
  • Jennifer Connelly (The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles)
  • Kim Basinger (The Awakening by Kate Chopin)
  • Meg Ryan (The Human Comedy by William Saroyan)
  • Naomi Watts (Summer by Edith Wharton)
  • Nicole Kidman (To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf)

Images, samples, and video from the stars’ recording sessions available at: www.epk.tv/AudibleAList

The books are available for download on a wide variety of popular and mobile devices, including iPhone and Android. New Audible members can choose one of the books for free with a 30-day free trial membership available at www.audible.com/alist. Existing Audible members can download the first 30 minutes of each book in the collection for free.

Audible, which invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, has been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2011, downloads by Audible members increased by more than 40% from the year before, with individual members downloading an average of more than 18 books over the course of a year. More than half of current Audible members are first-time digital audiobook buyers.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content, which includes more than 100,000 audio programs from more than 1,800 content providers that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers, is digitally downloaded and played back on over 500 popular devices. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

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