Audible is to release a range of star-studded Audible Originals as part of its new unlimited listening offer.
The new releases span podcasts and audiobooks from the likes of Jed Mercurio, Sara Pascoe, Graham Norton, Thandiwe Newton, French & Saunders and more.
Much of the new content will be in the new Plus Catalogue, included in Audible’s UK membership from today, which gives members access to unlimited listening of over 7,500 titles including fiction, non-fiction, documentaries, comedy, theatre, journalism and kids’ content.
Members will still get to pick (and keep) any title each month with their credit – including best sellers and new releases, alongside access to unlimited listening of the 7,500+ titles in the Plus Catalogue.
Productions will include returns for French & Saunders’ irreverent Titting About (Second Series coming in August), Graham Norton Book Club (October), and Neil Gaiman and Dirk Maggs’ The Sandman Volume 2 (September) starring James McAvoy, Emma Corrin, Regé-Jean Page, Kat Dennings and more.
Following on from the recent success of Oscar winning John Battsek’s first audio production, Death at Deepcut, new productions will be released from a vast array of talent in front of and behind the microphone including top film and TV talent turning to podcasts, many for the first time. Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty) executive produced Zoetrope and Frank Spotnitz, executive produced Killer Book Club.
Additionally, Cush Jumbo has written and starred in a one woman show, Sara Pascoe has produced new audio drama Car Crash starring (BAFTA Award winning actress) Aimee Lou Wood and Alfred Enoch, a new series with Michael Caine called Heroes and Finding Q: My Journey into QAnon by Nicky Woolf (New Statesman, Guardian).
Audible Original releases in the Autumn include Isaac Steele & the Forever Man by Daniel Rigby as well an original work from comedian turned author, Mark Watson’s Eight Deaths will see him offer a contemporary take on a fascinating and challenging subject with more to be announced.
Audiobooks releases will be performed by actors and performers in the UK including Riz Ahmed, Mark Gatiss, Thandiwe Newton. Audible will also publish the audiobook of Candice Carty-Williams’ (Queenie) debut Young Adult novel Empress and Aniya and a gothic classic trilogy (Jekyll and Hyde, Dracula, Frankenstein) featuring Jamie Bell, Himesh Patel, Daisy Edgar Jones, Patricia Allison, Paapa Essiedu.
Other audiobooks available for unlimited listening in the Plus Catalogue include titles by acclaimed authors Jeanette Winterson, Bill Bryson, Fiona Barton, Philippa Gregory, Richard Ayoade, Ruth Rendell and Hanif Kureshi.
Aurelie De Troyer, SVP International Content, Audible said: “Audible has been a leader in spoken-word storytelling for more than 20 years. We are passionate about working with the best talent to bring great stories to life. Last year we produced in the UK and released globally more than 90 Original productions including bestsellers such as Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Alan Partridge: From the Oasthouse and Hellcats, an outstanding drama podcast from talented new writer Carina Rodney.
“In the UK we know our members love great storytelling and now they can do much more of that, with unlimited listening to over 7,500 titles, brand new podcasts and audiobook releases as well as bestsellers and backlist evergreen titles.
“In the coming months we are launching projects with exciting talent both behind and in front of the microphone, with podcasts produced by Jed Mercurio and Sara Pascoe and titles performed by Thandiwe Newton, Riz Ahmed and Daisy Edgar Jones. It is thrilling for us to be a part of expanding the audio landscape as we work with producers and performers from a broad array of creative industries to find new and compelling ways to tell stories. This is only the start of our journey as we continue to collaborate with the best British talent, taking their work to new and established audiences.”