NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer’s moving interpretation of Rise and Shine, a remarkable true story that chronicles author Simon Lewis’s miraculous journey from tragedy to triumph. This production is now available for download at audible.com/riseandshine.
"I am proud and humbled to have read Simon’s story. It is one of extraordinary suffering and perseverance, tragedy and ultimate triumph. I cannot recommend it enough,” said Grammer. “While all who suffer in this life search for hope and the strength to go on, few have faced such a mountain of challenges and heartache—Simon’s story is an inspiration to all. It reminds me of a line from Prometheus Unbound by Shelley—“To suffer woes which hope thinks infinite”—surely Simon’s story measures up to that description. That he emerged victorious, in the face of such travail, is a testament to his courage, the courage of his family and their love. It is an inspiration to all."
“Listeners will marvel at Kelsey Grammer’s remarkable performance, which adds another dimension to this inspiring narrative of Lewis’s near fatal car accident, coma, and years of treatment to recovery,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Rise and Shine is emblematic of the power of the listening experience, where a moving text paired with an outstanding actor can produce something truly extraordinary.”
With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including this performance of Rise and Shine, free.
In addition to Grammer, among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Sean Penn, Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson, James Franco, and Jesse Eisenberg. In 2013, Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and also won the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.
Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. More than half of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.
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