Audible Launches “The A-List Collection”

Adam Boretz -- March 8th, 2012

Audible today launched its highly anticipated audiobook series, The A-List Collection.

The collection showcases audio performances from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The first set of books available for download includes Anne Hathaway’s performance of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Kate Winslet’s performance of Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, Samuel L. Jackson’s performance of A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes, and Susan Sarandon’s performance of The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring these breathtaking performances of literature to our rapidly expanding population of listeners,” Audible founder and CEO Donald Katz said in a statement. “Audible has consistently sought to elevate the quality of audiobook narration, and we hope this collection will expose an even broader audience to the rich palette of performances that makes listening to audiobooks so pleasurable.”

The A-List Collection features a roster of celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star helped select. Additional audio performances in the series will include the following:

Annette Bening (Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf)

Colin Firth (The End of the Affair by Graham Greene)

Dustin Hoffman (Being There by Jerzy Kosinski)

Hilary Swank (Pack of Two by Caroline Knapp)

Jennifer Connelly (The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles)

Kim Basinger (The Awakening by Kate Chopin)

Meg Ryan (The Human Comedy by William Saroyan)

Naomi Watts (Summer by Edith Wharton)

Nicole Kidman (To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf)

The audiobooks are available for download on a wide variety of popular and mobile devices, including iPhone and Android. New Audible members can choose one of the books for free with a 30-day free trial membership. Existing Audible members can download the first 30 minutes of each book in the collection for free.


One thought on “Audible Launches “The A-List Collection”

  1. Adele Dickson

    Love it! I’ve never been a big fan of audio books-the couple I’d attempted had narrators whose voices did the book an injustice. A friend lent me her copy of “A Rage in Harlem”, narrated by Samuel L Jackson, and I loved it! If more books could be narrated like this, I probably would rarely read books as it’s been such a time saver (not to mention cleaning house is now a pleasure!)
    I’ve noticed a few references (incl on this site) to bookreportradio(dot)com, and on checking out their site, saw that their coming show is devoted to some of the books on this list-which is of course what brought me back here in my search for reviews-I’m pleased to see there are more than what they list. Might be a nice site to link up with considering listeners will want to know more about the books being spoken of on the show.
    Well, I’m now off to find the next book to listen to…am thinking one of Virginia Woolf’s should be good.


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