Audible Studios Recognized with Grammy Nomination for Patience and Sarah

Best Spoken Word Album Nominee Showcases Captivating Performances by Janis Ian and Jean Smart

NEWARK, N.J.--()--Audible Studios, a production arm of, the world’s leading provider of digital spoken-word entertainment, today received its third Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album category, for the audiobook Patience and Sarah. Written by Isabel Miller, the recording features breathtaking performances by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian and Emmy Award-winning actress Jean Smart.

“We are thrilled that yet another bravura performance by Janis Ian has been recognized with a Grammy nomination”

Ian brought the project to Audible Studios, complete with her vision for two voices on the program.

Patience and Sarah is a meticulously researched historical novel that quickly became a classic of LGBT literature when it was self-published in 1969, garnering so much attention that the American Library Association created its first Stonewall Award specifically for the title in 1971. This is the first time the book has ever been brought to life in audio. Ian and Smart perform the title characters in this dual-point-of-view love story about two young women whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England farming community in which they live.

“I came across Patience and Sarah while I was staying with a friend in Philadelphia in 1972 and it opened a world to me,” said Ian, who won the Best Spoken Word Album Grammy in 2013 for her performance of her own memoir, Society’s Child. “It was the first time I’d read a love story starring two women that had a happy ending. And it was beautifully written! I’m honored that Audible has given me the opportunity to breathe new life into this classic, and getting a Grammy nomination from my peers and colleagues draws even more attention to this story. The timing is right, politically and socially, for this gorgeous book to make its way back into the limelight.”

“We are thrilled that yet another bravura performance by Janis Ian has been recognized with a Grammy nomination,” said Audible EVP and Publisher Beth Anderson. “And this time with Jean Smart! The combination of such skilled performers and such a beautiful and important text create an incredibly moving listening experience that is all the more significant in its historical and social context. Janis is an undeniable force in the music industry, and we are delighted we were able to convince her to come back to audio and lend her considerable talents to another tour-de-force audiobook performance.”

This is Janis Ian’s tenth Grammy nomination. She has been nominated in eight categories stretched over almost five decades, and is a three-time winner, most recently for the Audible Studios production of Society’s Child. Ian has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on two separate occasions. This is the first Grammy nomination for Jean Smart, who has won three Emmys for her roles as Lorna Gardener in Frasier and Regina Newley in Samantha Who?

In addition to Ian and Smart, among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for Audible are Jesse Eisenberg, Dan Stevens, James Franco, Kate Winslet and Tim Robbins. In 2013, Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for Society’s Child, and also won the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Colin Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. Audible Studios also garnered a Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album category in 2010 for The Woody Allen Collection.

Audible, the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2014, listeners around the world downloaded 1.2 billion hours of audio from outlets; Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of the year. Two thirds of new Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.


Audible, Inc., an, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression. Audible content includes more than 250,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes Store.

Esther Bochner, 973-820-0781

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Audible Studios recognized with Grammy nomination for Patience and Sarah. Best Spoken Word Album nomination showcases performances by Janis Ian and Jean Smart.

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