, the provider of digital spoken-word entertainment, is introducing a line of audio performances by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Underscoring what Audible says is its global mission to establish the audiobook as a mainstream form of interpretive art on a par with theater or film, the new line will feature a roster of celebrated actors narrating distinguished works of literature that each star has helped select. The first of these new productions is scheduled to be released by Audible early in 2012. Actors slated to perform include:

Kim Basinger (The Awakening by Kate Chopin)

Annette Bening (Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf)

Jennifer Connelly (The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles)

Colin Firth (The End of the Affair by Graham Greene)

Anne Hathaway (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum)

Dustin Hoffman (Being There by Jerzy Kosinski)

Samuel L. Jackson (A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes)

Nicole Kidman (To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf)

Meg Ryan (The Human Comedy by William Saroyan)

Susan Sarandon (The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers)

Naomi Watts (Summer by Edith Wharton)

Kate Winslet (Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola)