NEW YORK, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Simon & Schuster Audio is proud to announce that Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep will narrate THE TESTAMENT OF MARY by Colm Toibin, recently long-listed for the Booker Prize and cited as one of The New York Times' Notable Books of 2012. The audiobook will be available on CD and for download on September 10, 2013.
Streep, one of the most celebrated performers of our time, offers a rare and powerful performance in THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, Toibin's acclaimed and provocative imagining of the life of Mary in the years after Jesus' death. The three-time Academy Award winner gives voice to Mary, a solitary, fully human woman—aging, flawed, courageous and outspoken—seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.
"What Meryl Streep manages first is a sort of calm force; there is a naturalness in the voice, and in the phrasing. And then slowly something sorrowful emerges, it is like an undertone. It comes from the stops and the half-sighs and that can move into moments of insistent pain and out of that again into memory," says Toibin. "She has a way of lingering on words and phrases which is always perfectly natural, but it gradually takes on a real power. I think anyone who hears it will be astonished by it."
Colm Toibin is the author of six novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award.
"To have one of the great actors of our time apply her craft to the audiobook medium is a true publishing event," says Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. "Listeners will be spellbound by her interpretation of Colm Toibin's vivid, compelling novel."
Streep's haunting performance combined with Toibin's tour de force of imagination and language create a listening experience so compelling our vision of Mary will be forever transformed.
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