ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 325,000 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.
Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, today announced the release of South African comedian and Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah's Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. The audiobook is performed by Noah and recounts his experiences during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, including powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives. This recording is now available for download at audible.com/bornacrime. "Very early on in writing this book, I realized that an audio version was important to me, because as a comedian and a performer, spoken word has always been my primary form of communication," said Noah. "When I retold these stories, I tried to embody the characters, because I remember them like that in my head. I channeled their mannerisms and tried to encompass them in the storytelling while reading the book to the listener. I'm very pleased with how it turned out." "Trevor Noah is known for his gleeful and serrated satire, and listeners will recognize that impeccable comedic delivery and timing in his performance," said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. "Listeners will love hearing his dramatic and touching stories in his own words, and delight in the impersonations of his friends and family that he infuses throughout." Born A Crime releases simultaneously in print today. With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including this performance of Born a Crime, free. In addition to Trevor Noah, among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Sean Penn, Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma Thompson, James Franco, and Jesse Eisenberg. 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. 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.