NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of On Power, by acclaimed bestselling author Robert Caro. In the audio-only project, adapted from two of the legendary historian’s recent speeches, Caro discusses what drew him to investigate political power as a young journalist, and what his fifty years of writing about political power has taught him about its uses and abuses in American democracy. He also reminisces about the moment when he first realized that in order to write about power truthfully, it would be necessary to write about those without power. Narrated with emotion and humor by Caro, On Power is now available for download exclusively from Audible at www.audible.com/caro.
“My books are an attempt to examine and explain political power: how it is created, how it works, how it can be used – for good and for ill,” said Caro. “I thought it was important to try to do that because that power shapes all our lives – in large ways and small. And I felt that the more America understands political power, the better informed our voters will be, and then, hopefully the better our democracy will be.”
“Listening to On Power is like having a private audience with the author often hailed as our greatest living historian,” said Audible Chief Content Officer Andy Gaies. “Robert Caro’s newest work is uniquely suited to the audio format, and we’re thrilled to provide listeners access to this intimate and revelatory project that was not only written for Audible, but can’t be experienced anywhere else.”
Robert A. Caro is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in Biography; two National Book Awards, three National Book Critics Circle Awards, for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year and Best Biography; and many other awards. His first book, The Power Broker, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of the twentieth century and by Time magazine as one of the hundred top nonfiction books of all time.
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In addition to Caro, 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. In 2016, Audible members downloaded an average of 17 books over the course of the year. More than half of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.
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