Ben Stiller’s Performance Of James Thurber’s “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty” Now Available As A Free Audio Download At Audible

Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced the release of James Thurber’s classic story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” narrated by Ben Stiller. The audio edition, which is part of a partnership between Audible and 20 th Century Fox in support of Fox’s forthcoming theatrical release, includes commentary by Stiller at the end of the recording and is available free at

“We’re delighted to offer our listeners, as well as anyone who loves a good story well told, this whimsical tale performed with great panache by Ben Stiller,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “Walter Mitty’s imagination famously transports him away from the quotidian details of life, and we like to think that’s exactly what Audible helps our customers to do every day.”

Anderson added, “Everyone who’s excited to see the new film version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty will first want to revisit Thurber’s classic, reinvigorated by Stiller’s interpretation of the text.”

“When we had the opportunity to collaborate with Audible on this exciting program, we knew it was a perfect way to introduce the rapidly growing number of Audible customers to the original short story as well as the amazing film that Ben has created,” said Zachary Eller, Senior Vice President, Marketing Partnerships, 20th Century Fox. “Ben’s recording of the short story is fantastic and demonstrates his passion for the brilliant source material.”

Stiller’s much-anticipated film version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, co-starring Kristen Wiig, opens in theaters nationwide on December 25.

“We all have our own secret life, and that’s what’s made the story so classic,” said Stiller.

The most famous of humorist Thurber’s stories, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” was first published in The New Yorker in 1939. The story is among the most widely anthologized in American literature.

Among the acclaimed actors who have performed works of literature for Audible are Anne Hathaway, Bryan Cranston, Claire Danes, Colin Firth, Diane Keaton, Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Samuel L. Jackson. 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 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 2012, Audible members downloaded an average of 18 books over the course of a year.



Release: December 25, 2013

Director: Ben Stiller

Screen Story and Screenplay by: Steve Conrad; Based upon the short story by James Thurber

Producers: Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., John Goldwyn, Stuart Cornfeld, Ben Stiller

Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, Patton Oswalt, and Sean Penn

Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber’s classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world, embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.


Audible, Inc., an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully entertained. Audible content includes more than 150,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.

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