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Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced the US release of The Child. A chilling and unforgettable multicast Audible Studios production about a young serial killer in Berlin, the audio drama spent close to three weeks at the top of the Audible UK bestseller list in August. The cast of The Child includes the best of British dramatic talent: Andy Serkis, recently cast in the new Star Wars films and best-known for his performances in the Lord of the Rings films; Rupert Penry-Jones, star of the BBC spy drama Spooks; Emilia Fox, star of the BBC crime drama Silent Witness; and Stephen Marcus, of Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels fame. Based on the internationally bestselling crime thriller by German author Sebastian Fitzek, to be released for the first time in English in print in 2015, The Child is now available for download at

“We are delighted to make this runaway UK hit available to an American audience,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “We think listeners, even those already familiar with Audible Studios’ single-voice celebrity productions, will find the immersive experience created by The Child‘s actors, special effects, soundscapes and musical score truly captivating. This talented cast delivers a performance that any thriller fan will love.”

On recording The Child, Andy Serkis said, “It’s a lot to do with the imagination; it’s purely creating worlds, creating characters, creating situations and drama through sound and I love it. In fact, in many ways, I find it the most rewarding. I find it incredibly liberating because you can be anything, you can do anything.”

“One thing that most actors say about recording an audioplay is ‘I love doing them, they’re so much fun’ and I think that’s the most important thing…you’ve just got to enjoy yourself,” said Rupert Penry-Jones.

View the trailer of The Child here:

Among the acclaimed actors who have performed other works of literature for Audible are Bryan Cranston, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon. 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 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 2013, Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of a year, the equivalent of close to 600 million listening hours.


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(R) Store.

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