Saturday, 14 May 2016

Bookish & Blogish News - New Audible Release: Peter Pan, read by actress Lily Collins






NEW RECORDING OF J.M. BARRIE’S MAGICAL MASTERPIECE ARRIVES JUST IN TIME FOR FAMILY ROAD TRIP SEASON

Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.co.uk, today announced the release of acclaimed actress Lily Collins’s audio interpretation of J.M. Barrie’s beloved novel Peter Pan. This exuberant new recording is now available for download at audible.co.uk/PeterPan.

"What an absolute honor and privilege it is, as an actress, to have the opportunity to put my own spin on a character as well-known as Peter Pan,” said Collins, whose film credits include The Blind Side, Mirror Mirror, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. “Performing this magical story with my voice alone, without the assistance of props, costumes, or a supporting cast, made me appreciate J.M. Barrie’s genius anew. I hope listeners will experience Neverland in an entirely new and special way through this recording just as I did.”

“With summer approaching, and parents looking for meaningful activities that will entertain the entire family, this enchanting performance of Peter Pan is going to be a household and road trip staple,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Children will be captivated, and parents will relish the opportunity to go back to Neverland once again.”

With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including Newton’s performance of Peter Pan, free.

In addition to Collins, among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Thandie Newton, Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Dan Stevens, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Tim Robbins. 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 2015, listeners around the world downloaded 1.6 billion hours of audio from Audible.com outlets; Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.

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