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Press Releases

January 2016

FRED ARMISEN WRITES AND PERFORMS PORTLANDIA AUDIO TIE-IN, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – January 7, 2016 – Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced the release of Portlandia Travelogue: The Brussels to Antwerp Express. Created exclusively for Audible, this fifteen-minute-long recording features an unforgettable performance by Emmy Award-nominated actor Fred Armisen as Candace Deveraux, the beloved feminist bookstore owner from IFC’s Portlandia. This audio tie-in, which anticipates the sixth season of Portlandia premiering on IFC on January 21st, is now available as a free download exclusively at audible.com/FredArmisen. Portlandia Travelogue will remain free on Audible for the duration of Portlandia’s sixth season.
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February 2016

RICHARD ARMITAGE PERFORMS DAVID COPPERFIELD FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – February 9, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of beloved stage and screen actor Richard Armitage’s audio interpretation of Charles Dickens’ most autobiographical novel, David Copperfield. This impassioned performance by the star of Hannibal and The Hobbit is now available for download at audible.com/Copperfield.
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JANIS IAN AND JEAN SMART WIN GRAMMY AWARD® IN BEST SPOKEN WORD ALBUM CATEGORY FOR PATIENCE AND SARAH, AN AUDIBLE STUDIOS PRODUCTION

NEWARK, N.J. – February 16, 2016 –The audiobook production of Isabel Miller’s classic LGBT novel Patience and Sarah won the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Award yesterday at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The audiobook, produced by Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, features breathtaking performances by singer-songwriter Janis Ian and actress Jean Smart, and the Grammy nod marks the first time in thirty years that a fictional work was awarded the top honor in the Best Spoken Word Album category. The award was Ian’s fourth career Grammy in ten nominations that span eight categories and 50 years. It was the second win in four years in the category for Audible Studios.
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SCARLETT JOHANSSON PERFORMS ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – February 23, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of Golden Globe nominee and Tony Award-Winning actress Scarlett Johansson’s audio interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This vivacious performance of the famously fanciful tale by the star of Lost in Translation, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Girl with a Pearl Earring is now available for download at audible.com/Alice.
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March 2016

EMMA THOMPSON PERFORMS HENRY JAMES’S THE TURN OF THE SCREW FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – March 15, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson’s audio interpretation of Henry James’s gothic novel The Turn of the Screw. This stirring performance of the famously spooky tale by the star of Saving Mr. Banks, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Nanny McPhee, and the Harry Potter film series is now available for download at audible.com/EmmaThompson.
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AUDIBLE INTRODUCES ‘CLIPS’; SAVE YOUR MEMORABLE LISTENING MOMENTS

NEWARK, N.J. – March 17, 2016 – Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment today announced the release of ‘Clips,’ a functionality that allows listeners to save favorite short passages and excerpts from Audible audiobooks they’ve downloaded for later listening, and also enables the sharing of these passages using iOS and Windows, and will soon be enabled on Android. With ‘Clips,’ customers can start conversations with friends about the audiobooks they are listening to; listeners can also now go back to specific locations in an audiobook or dramatic moments in a specific performance that spoke to them.
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J.K. ROWLING’S BELOVED HARRY POTTER DIGITAL AUDIOBOOKS REACH ONE MILLION COPIES SOLD ON AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – March 31, 2016 – Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter digital audiobooks have sold one million units at audible.com, audible.co.uk, audible.de and audible.com.au. This milestone was reached only four months after Audible became the sole subscription-based service to offer the series as digital audiobooks on November 20th, 2015. The recordings showcase captivating and award-winning performances by Jim Dale (in the North American version), Felix von Manteuffel (in the German version) and Stephen Fry (in the UK and the rest of the world). The North American version can be downloaded in the U.S. at audible.com/HarryPotter.
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April 2016

THANDIE NEWTON’S PERFORMANCE OF JANE EYRE NOW AVAILABLE AT AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – April 18, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of acclaimed stage and screen actress Thandie Newton’s audio interpretation of Charlotte Brontë’s beloved novel Jane Eyre. Two centuries after Brontë was born, this intimate enactment of her most enduring work is now available for download at audible.com/JaneEyre.
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ALIEN: OUT OF THE SHADOWS, ORIGINAL AUDIO DRAMA INSPIRED BY THE BLOCKBUSTER FILM FRANCHISE, NOW AVAILABLE AT AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – April 18, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of Alien: Out of the Shadows, starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner and Batman Begins) in his first role for audio, Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter film series), and Corey Johnson (The Bourne Identity and Kinsgman). The production is now available for download at audible.com/Alien.
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May 2016

MAHERSHALA ALI’S PERFORMANCE OF FREE STATE OF JONES NOW AVAILABLE AT AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – May 3, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of acclaimed stage and screen actor Mahershala Ali’s interpretation of Victoria E. Bynum’s powerful historical account, The Free State of Jones: Mississippi’s Longest Civil War. Bynum’s book serves as the inspiration for the major motion picture of the same name, which will be released this June starring Ali as Moses Washington opposite Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell. The recording is now available for download at audible.com/freestateofjones.
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LILY COLLINS PERFORMS PETER PAN FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – May 10, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of acclaimed actress Lily Collins’s audio interpretation of J.M. Barrie’s beloved novel Peter Pan. This exuberant new recording is now available for download at audible.com/PeterPan.
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Audible Listeners Can Now Give Complete Audible Audio Titles Free to Family, Friends and Colleagues

NEWARK, N.J. – May 11, 2016 – Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the release of a new feature that allows listeners to give any audiobook they own in their “My Library” to others instantly via e-mail, text, Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, using their iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. Each recipient gets his or her first title through the program for free, and Audible will pay authors, actors and other rights holders the equivalent value of each recipient’s first title.
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Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book wins Excellence in Production and Best Audio Drama Audie Awards for Audible Studios

NEWARK, N.J. – May 12, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, won the ‘Excellence in Production,’ and ‘Best Audio Drama’ Audie awards for its original, full-cast production of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories. Announced Wednesday at the Audie Awards Gala in Chicago, this dual honor for The Jungle Book highlighted an evening during which Audible productions were recognized with eight Audie Awards including the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ award for the best-selling, multicast recording of Joe Hill’s graphic novel series Locke & Key, and ‘Best Original Work’ award for Jeffery Deaver’s audio original The Starling Project.
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June 2016

HAYLEY ATWELL STARS IN ORIGINAL AUDIBLE DRAMA, THE OEDIPUS PLAYS

NEWARK, N.J. – June 14, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of a new audio drama, The Oedipus Plays. Charged with emotion, this original compilation of Sophocles’ Oedipus The King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone is a vivid and transporting tale of passion, incest, murder and suicide, centered on a noble family creeping towards downfall. The production showcases powerful performances by a full cast: in addition to Agent Carter’s Atwell, who plays Antigone, The Oedipus Plays also stars Julian Glover, who plays Grand Maester Pycelle in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Samantha Bond, who played Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton Abbey, and more. This new recording, the first-ever audio recording of all three plays, is now available for download at audible.com/oedipus.
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July 2016

AUDIBLE ANNOUNCES CHANNELS, AN UNLIMITED SHORT-FORM DIGITAL AUDIO SERVICE AVAILABLE FOR $4.95 PER MONTH, OR FREE WITH AUDIBLE PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP

NEWARK, N.J. – July 7, 2016 – Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the launch of Channels, an unlimited, advertising-free on-demand listening service featuring a consistently refreshed and thoughtfully organized collection of original programming and exclusive content including cutting-edge episodic programs, distinctive comedy, lectures and the best of audio periodicals.
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MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL PERFORMS ANNA KARENINA FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – July 12, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress Maggie Gyllenhaal’s audio interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s beloved masterpiece Anna Karenina. This ravishing new recording is now available for download at audible.com/Karenina.
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MATTHEW WEINER PERFORMS FRANK O’HARA’S LUNCH POEMS FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – July 19, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of writer, director and producer Matthew Weiner’s narration of Frank O’Hara’s pioneering poetry collection Lunch Poems, first published in 1964. Weiner, who has cited Lunch Poems as a tremendous influence on his creative approach to the award-winning Mad Men, now adds his own voice to O’Hara’s distinctive verse with this Audible performance, exactly nine years after the show’s premiere. This bewitching new recording is now available for download at audible.com/LunchPoems.
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October 2016

ZACHARY QUINTO PERFORMS JOHN SCALZI’S THE DISPATCHER FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – October 4, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of Hugo, Locus and Audie Award-winning author John Scalzi’s new audio-exclusive novella, The Dispatcher, performed by Zachary Quinto. This gripping thriller, about a complex future in which professional “dispatchers” intervene to bring murder victims back to life, is now available for free download at audible.com/Dispatcher. The audiobook remains free until November 3rd.
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SEAN PENN’S NARRATION OF PAPPY PARIAH’S BOB HONEY WHO JUST DO STUFF NOW AVAILABLE AT AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – October 18, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of actor, director and writer Sean Penn’s audio interpretation of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. As imagined by Pappy Pariah and voiced by Penn, this depiction of America on the verge of political upheaval is by turns comedic and absurd, and is ultimately a haunting allegory for our times. This audiobook recording, which also includes cameo performances by Frances McDormand, Ari Fliakos and Leila George, is now available for free download at audible.com/bobhoney.
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BRIAN GREENE, PAUL RUDD AND A FULL CAST PERFORM LIGHT FALLS FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – October 25, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of bestselling author, Columbia University physicist, and cofounder of the World Science Festival Brian Greene’s audio play Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein, performed by a full cast led by award-winning actor Paul Rudd as Einstein. A theatrical version of Light Falls was performed by Brian Greene at the World Science Festival in New York City, but this expanded version of the play, which traces Einstein’s electrifying discovery of the general theory of relativity, has been developed specifically for an audio-only experience. This recording, which also features narration by Greene and a powerful original score created by House of Cards composer Jeff Beal, is now available for download at audible.com/LightFalls.
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November 2016

AUDIBLE ANNOUNCES NEW COMEDY SHOWS WITH WILL ARNETT, NICK OFFERMAN, DAN SAVAGE, EUGENE MIRMAN AND MORE

NEWARK, N.J. – November 10, 2016 – Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken word entertainment, today announced a new selection of comedy available exclusively on Audible Channels. Showcasing top-tier comedic talent and featuring the premium quality and sound design that customers have come to expect from Audible productions, these comedy offerings are anchored by the new release of The Comedy Show Show with Will Arnett, a hilarious all-access pass to the hottest thematic comedy shows around the country.
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RACHEL MCADAMS PERFORMS ANNE OF GREEN GABLES FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – November 22, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of Academy Award nominee Rachel McAdams’ dazzling interpretation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel Anne of Green Gables. This new recording, released just in time to keep listeners entertained throughout holiday traffic and family time, reinvigorates the hilarious misadventures and captures the uncompromising spirit that have made Montgomery’s heroine an unforgettable symbol of individualism and cheer for over a century. McAdams’s performance is now available for download at audible.com/anneofgreengables.
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December 2016

RICHARD ARMITAGE PERFORMS ROMEO AND JULIET: A NOVEL FOR AUDIBLE

NEWARK, N.J. – December 6, 2016 – Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of stage and screen actor Richard Armitage’s heartfelt performance of David Hewson’s Romeo and Juliet: A Novel. Hewson reimagined the world’s most famous love story exclusively for Audible, and in it he plumbs both Shakespeare’s classic play and its source material to produce a romantic, historical tragedy told in modern English that takes listeners through Juliet’s search for individual identity at a time when women were rarely treated as though they had one. Armitage’s performance is now available for download at audible.com/R&J.
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