Reese Witherspoon is going to be producing original content for Audible audiobooks in the next few months. Audible will also be showcasing a number of titles selected by Reese’s Book Club, which focus on strong but complex female characters. The first audiobook that is showcased on Audible is You think it, I’ll say it by Curtis Sittenfeld.
“When I started Reese’s Book Club, I wanted to highlight the voices of female storytellers and I am so excited to work with Audible to literally deliver on our mission!” read a statement by Witherspoon about the new project. “It can be hard to find time to read a highly recommended book, and love that with this partnership we are providing a way to experience these beautiful stories in audio form.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Reese,” said Audible CEO and founder Don Katz, “who has shown time and again her eye for identifying unforgettable stories, and with Hello Sunshine, a brand known for its creative storytelling, to create what is sure to be a rich palette of captivating spoken-word performances our millions of listeners will love.”
Reese has a production company called Hello Sunshine and they are currently working on a Hulu exclusive staring Witherspoon and Kerry Washington and it is based on “Little Fires Everywhere,” by Celeste Ng. She is also working on a number of things for the upcoming Apple Streaming service. It looks like Amazon wants to lock her up for original content on their own platform and the Audible deal is the first step.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.