Producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will work together with documentarian Ken Burns to curate an audiobook collection for Audible called Playtone.
The series is named after the three creators’ film and television production company, featuring a wide range of books–you can see the complete list of titles below. The series will include Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried narrated by Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. Check it out:
Other books in the Playtone line are the classic war memoirs With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge and Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie. These two memoirs, which inspired Playtone’s award-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, are narrated by the actors who portrayed Sledge and Leckie in the series, Joseph Mazzello and James Badge Dale, and both feature introductions by Hanks. Finally, celebrated documentarian Burns (The Civil War, The Dust Bowl) has handpicked a selection of audiobooks covering the past 150 years of American history that has inspired his own work, personally recording introductions to each.
Helmet for my Pillow, by Robert Leckie, narrated by James Badge Dale, introduction by Tom Hanks
With the Old Breed, by E. B. Sledge, narrated by Joseph Mazzello, introduction by Tom Hanks
The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, narrated by Bryan Cranston
The Civil War Trilogy, by Shelby Foote, narrated by Grover Gardner, introduction by Ken Burns
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, narrated by Robin Miles, introduction by Ken Burns
The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egan, narrated by Patrick Lawlor, introduction by Ken Burns
O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather, narrated by Kate Reading, introduction by Ken Burns
The Song of the Lark, by Willa Cather, narrated by Pam Ward, introduction by Ken Burns
My Antonia, by Willa Cather, narrated by Jeff Cummings, introduction by Ken Burns