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 Artemis, Andy Weir’s highly anticipated follow-up to The Martian, performed by Rosario Dawson. Daredevil, Luke Cage and Sin City star Dawson takes on a rich cast of characters from all walks of life in this fast-paced science-fiction crime caper, now available for download at www.audible.com/artemis.
Set on the first and only lunar city, a small town called Artemis, the story follows protagonist Jasmine Bashara (Jazz), a savvy smuggler striving to make ends meet. When Jazz is offered a chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down, she quickly learns that she's part of a high-stakes conspiracy that puts the entire civilization at risk. Dawson brings Weir's brash, whip-smart protagonist to life deftly capturing Jazz's first-person perspective – while taking on a cast of diverse characters from all walks of life who call Artemis home.
“It was truly a pleasure to bring the fearless lead female character, Jasmine Bashara, to life in this rich story and fascinating journey that Andy Weir created. Performing Artemis was very freeing, and allowed me to explore my own voice, using seven different accents for the recording of Artemis,” said Rosario Dawson.
“I'm stoked to have Artemis come to life via the talented Rosario Dawson! Her performance is phenomenal as she takes you to Artemis, humanity's first lunar city. Dawson masterfully voices the fearless protagonist Jazz Bashara as she embarks on a heist in a story based on real science and detailed world building,” said Andy Weir.
“Audible transports listeners to destinations near and far – in this case, we’re thrilled to bring you to the moon,” said Audible Chief Content Officer Andy Gaies. “Rosario Dawson is a dynamic, nuanced storyteller who creates an unforgettable strong female protagonist in addition to a remarkable range of other characters in this terrific thriller.”
With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including this performance of Artemis, free.
In addition to Dawson, 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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