NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of Goodnight Smartphone, a soothing and playful adaptation of childhood classics including Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved children’s story Goodnight Moon for the digital age, written and performed exclusively for Audible by author, columnist, and Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington. This production is now available for free download at audible.com/goodnight.
The audiobook includes an original score and a new introduction, also written and performed by Huffington, about her own nightly sleep regimen, why this story is so important to her, and how this recording can help people achieve the good night’s sleep they need to become their best selves during the day.
“When I visited Audible’s headquarters in Newark, New Jersey several months ago to speak to employees about the benefits of sleep, I joked that there should be versions of wonderful books like Goodnight Moon for grownups,” said Huffington, whose author credits include Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. “The lovely team at Audible suggested that I write and narrate my vision, and Goodnight Smartphone was born. I’m delighted to share my reimagining of one of my favorite books to address the particular challenges of today’s adults, where the hardest thing to say goodnight to is not the moon, but our cell phones, our e-mail, and our social media.”
“We are thrilled to have inspired Arianna Huffington to express her passion for turning sleep into productivity in the audio format,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Listeners will love hearing her recognizable voice remind them to put their electronics away for the night, hopefully on behalf of a meaningful slumber.”
In addition to Arianna Huffington, 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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Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 325,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.