NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the release of Sarah Gadon’s performance of Margaret Atwood’s Giller Prize-winning Alias Grace. The recording, which includes an afterword performed by Atwood, is now available for download at www.audible.com/aliasgrace.
Inspired by true events, Alias Grace takes listeners into the life of Grace Marks, a poor, young immigrant and domestic servant in 19th century Canada convicted of the brutal murders of her employer, housekeeper and mistress. While serving a life sentence with no memory of the murders, Grace is approached by an up-and-coming expert in the field of mental illness who helps bring her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember.
“Grace Marks is an endlessly fascinating character. When Audible asked me to narrate Alias Grace, I was excited to return to Grace, to try and get closer to her,” said Sarah Gadon.
“It’s thrilling to me that, over twenty years after I first wrote it, Alias Grace is coming alive in new and fascinating ways,” said Atwood, whose original additions to her blockbuster novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, available exclusively to Audible listeners, made it one of the top-selling audiobooks of 2017. “Sarah Gadon, whose performance as Grace Marks in the television series is a tour de force, is the reader – and who better? The novel itself is a suite of voices, so to have it read out loud is especially appropriate. Draw near. Listen. Someone is whispering in your ear – but who?”
“Gadon’s interpretation of Grace in the television series, coupled with her depictions of all of the other characters in Atwood’s iconic novel on this Audible version, make this a captivating listening experience,” said Audible Chief Content Officer Andy Gaies. “Whether you’ve been a fan of the book for decades, a new devotee to the TV show, or an audiobook connoisseur looking for your next great listen, this title is an absolute must-have for your library.”
With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including this performance of Alias Grace, free.
In addition to Gadon, among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson, James Franco, and Jesse Eisenberg. Audible Studios has won a Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and has also been recognized with the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. Audible 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 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 content, 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 375,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.