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Audible Hires Major Actors to Make Audiobooks

Audible.com has hired major actors to produce “tour de force performances” of new audiobooks. The stars helped choose the books, and the lineup includes Samuel L. Jackson reading A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes and Kim Basinger reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

What celebrity would you choose to read your favorite book? The program will add more celebrities in the future. We’ve included the current list below…

Kate Winslet explained why she read Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola:  “You use a different part of your brain and it keeps your creative juices flowing … It is challenging, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun as well. As a listener, being able to tune out and be taken into another world, an atmosphere, an environment that is being created entirely for you by somebody else’s voice is really a wonderful, magical thing.”

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Rue McClanahan Has Died

ruebook23.pngRue McClanahan, the star of television’s The Golden Girls and author of My First Five Husbands…And the Ones Who Got Away, has passed away.

On Broadway, she acted alongside Dustin Hoffman and Brad Davis. Her television career also included appearances on Maude and All in the Family. The Daily News has more details.

Here’s a happy little passage from her memoir: “When I was in my late twenties, I bought eight used dining room chairs for a dollar each (yes, a dollar!) and set about removing the old varnish. As I applied the varnish remover, a vivid visual memory flashed into my mind: I was almost eight months old, sidestepping along the front of the sofa, holding on for balance, looking up over my left shoulder at my mother and Aunt Irene standing in the doorway making vocal sounds.”

“‘Iddle bongingferd da wondy,’ said Mother. ‘Bid gerpa twack kelzenbluck, replied Aunt Irene. ‘Ferndock bandy,’ Mother replied. ‘Critzputh.’ And they laughed. I realized they were exchanging thoughts with those sounds. Oh, I thought, I’m brand new here. Soon, they’ll teach me to do that, too. What an exciting thought!”

“Straw Dogs” Revives Out-of-Print Novel

31YimvtaXiL._SL500_AA240_.jpgWhile an upcoming film will remake a violent classic, the fate of the original novel still remains unclear.

Rod Lurie, director of “The Last Castle” and the “Line of Fire” television series, will remake Sam Peckinpah‘s classic film, “Straw Dogs.” The Hollywood Reporter notes that both films are based on a long out of print (in the US) crime novel, “The Siege of Trencher’s Farm” by Gordon Williams.

Here’s his Bloomsbury biography: “Gordon Williams was born in Paisley in 1934, before becoming a reporter and settling in London. He has written extensively for television, and as the commercial manager of Chelsea FC. He is the author of over twenty novels, including From Scenes Like These which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Walk Don’t Walk, and Growing up in the West.”