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Hit the beach with Maggie Gyllenhaal’s narration of Anna Karenina from Audible

This week Audible Studios, a production arm of Audible.com, announced the release of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s audio interpretation of Leo Tolstoy’s beloved masterpiece Anna Karenina. The new recording, which features the narration from the Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress, is now available for download at audible.com/Karenina. The audio version could be the perfect road-trip distraction if you’re headed out of town this weekend, or the perfect beach-listen if you are off for a quick vacation in the sand.

“Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books. But when I agreed to read it for Audible, I had no idea how deeply I would fall in love with it,” said Gyllenhaal, whose television and film credits include The Dark Knight, The Honourable Woman and Crazy Heart. “I feel like performing this novel is one of the major accomplishments of my work life – it was so challenging and so deep, a real pleasure.”

“Not only is Maggie Gyllenhaal a deeply accomplished actress who we knew would bring the right blend of passion and restraint to this project, but because Anna Karenina is one of her favorite books of all time, every aspect of her performance is infused by her empathy for Tolstoy’s characters and reverence for his language,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “The result is a truly memorable and inspiring interpretation of this wonderful novel.”

With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any one audiobook, including this performance of Anna Karenina, free.

In addition to Gyllenhaal, among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Lily Collins, Thandie Newton, Emma Thompson, Rosamund Pike, Dan Stevens, James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Kate Winslet and Tim Robbins. 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. In 2015, listeners around the world downloaded 1.6 billion hours of audio from Audible.com outlets; Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.