Kelsey Grammer is joining the ranks of celebrities such as Sean Penn, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jesse Eisenberg who have narrated audiobooks.
Audiobook giant Audible.com released Tuesday the “Frasier” actor’s narration of “Rise and Shine,” by Simon Lewis.
The book chronicles the true experiences of Lewis, a film producer, after a car accident killed his wife and left him in a coma. Grammer said he chose to narrate the story because he found it inspirational.
“I am proud and humbled to have read Simon’s story. It is one of extraordinary suffering and perseverance, tragedy and ultimate triumph. I cannot recommend it enough,” Grammer said in a press release. “While all who suffer in this life search for hope and the strength to go on, few have faced such a mountain of challenges and heartache—Simon’s story is an inspiration to all.”
Audible Studios, the production arm of Amazon-owned Audible.com, organized the reading. It’s not the first time the studios have tapped into celebrity appeal. In 2015, James Franco performed Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” for the company, and last year Maggie Gyllenhaal read Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.”
Sean Penn’s narration of an audiobook released last October drew up extra hype for the company by sparking rumors that Penn had written the novel under a pen name.
Grammer’s narration is available for download on Audible.