Bestselling Author Pens Her First Original Audio Script Exclusively
NEWARK, N.J. -- (Business Wire)
Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the
release of Angel Catbird, a multicast, original audio adaptation
of Margaret Atwood’s New York Times best-selling graphic novel
series of the same name. Inspired by the Golden Age of Comics and
vintage radio superhero sagas, Angel Catbird was recorded live,
in ensemble, and is now available for download at www.audible.com/angelcatbird.
“In the 1940s of radio shows and comic books, I was six when I first
started drawing the flying cats with wings that eventually turned into
Angel Catbird the ‘Superhero.’ It was great fun to work on my first
audio script: a retro radio revisit, complete with theme song, sound
effects, and amazing voice actors who turn my team of furred and
feathered fighters into full-throated stars,” said Atwood.
The Audible version of Angel Catbird includes state-of-the-art
sound design and a musical score that captures the captivating visual
images of the graphic novel in sound. The productiontakes
listeners on the courageous adventures of a friendly feathered and
unapologetic superhero, Strig Feleedus, who is cruelly mutated by a
DNA-splicing experiment gone awry, turning him into a cat-owl-human
hybrid. When faced with a villainous rat-human intent on eradicating
other species, Strig must lead a band of half-cats on a humorous,
action-packed and pulp-inspired revolution to save the day - with a lot
of cat puns along the way.
Atwood, who has made a habit of memorable cameos in all of her film and
Audible original productions, plays The Wise Owl in Angel Catbird.
“We are delighted that Margaret Atwood continues to create original and
entertaining works for Audible,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth
Anderson. “The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, which includes
Atwood’s continuation of the story available only on the Audible
version, was one of our top-selling titles of 2017. With Angel Catbird,
we had a daunting artistic challenge to convey a story told through
drawings and turn it into an audio production, but with Margaret’s
script and the work of fabulous actors and producers, we’ve done it!”
With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any
one audiobook, including this performance of Angel Catbird, free.
Among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for
Audible are Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Emma
Thompson, and Jesse Eisenberg. Audible Studios has won a Grammy Award,
for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and has also
been recognized with the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for
Colin 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 2017, listeners around the world
downloaded over two billion hours of Audible content.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading
provider of premium digital spoken audio content, 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 400,000
audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters,
entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business
information providers. Audible is also the provider of spoken-word audio
products for Apple’s iTunes Store.
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