Playtone, the award-winning film and television production company, and Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced a new collection of audiobooks available on Audible.com curated by multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and by Emmy Award-winning documentarian Ken Burns. The collection is united thematically in its focus on the sweep of American history and in its commitment to superb storytelling.
Included in the audiobook line is a new recording of Tim O’Brien’s Pulitzer finalist, landmark collection about the soldiers who fought in the War in Vietnam, The Things They Carried, narrated by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston. This deluxe audio edition also includes a special new recording of O’Brien reading “ The Vietnam in Me,” an essay he published in The New York Times Magazine twenty years after returning from the war. Other books in the Playtone line are the classic war memoirs With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge and Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie. These two memoirs, which inspired Playtone’s award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, are narrated by the actors who portrayed Sledge and Leckie in the series, Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale, and both feature introductions by Hanks. Finally, celebrated documentarian Burns ( The Civil War, The Dust Bowl) has handpicked a selection of audiobooks covering the past 150 years of American history that has inspired his own work, personally recording introductions to each.
“Our common American story is complex, inspiring, occasionally infuriating and always fascinating,” said Hanks. “Playtone has attempted to portray many of the dimensions of that story on screen. Now, thanks to our partnership with Audible and by working with some of the finest actors we have known, we will give voice to the best fiction and nonfiction ever written about America. We are happy to continue the telling of our American saga through Audible and the spoken word.”