Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose now
available for download on audible.com
Audible recording includes exclusive Biden conversation with
award-winning journalist Mike Barnicle
NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Audible Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the
release of Vice President Joe Biden’s heartfelt memoir, Promise Me,
Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. In the audiobook, the
Vice President himself delivers an intimate and powerful account of
2015, by any measure a watershed year in his extraordinary life and
career. The Audible version also includes an exclusive conversation with
award-winning journalist Mike Barnicle that contextualizes the memoir’s
wide-ranging themes, including the presidential election, current
events, and overcoming profound grief. The audiobook is now available
for download at www.audible.com/biden.
Promise Me, Dad chronicles the twelve months when the Vice
President balanced his responsibilities in the White House while
focusing on his family during his son Beau’s battle with brain cancer.
Never far away was the insistent question of whether he should seek the
presidency in 2016. Listeners will feel the urgency of each moment, to
experience the days when Biden felt unable to move forward, as well as
the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop. The memoir is
peppered with anecdotes about the Vice President’s time in the White
House, his relationship with President Obama, and his hopes for the
future, in a listening experience made visceral and intimate by Biden’s
“I recorded this audiobook for two reasons,” said Vice President Biden.
“First, I want people to know what a remarkable man my son Beau was. And
second, because it is possible to find hope in purpose. And I hope that
I can provide some solace and give people a reason to believe that they
can get through similar tragedies in their lives.”
“In this spoken-word tour de force, Vice President Biden gives us an
unforgettable performance about perseverance in the face of
insurmountable grief and loss,” said Audible Chief Content Officer Andy
Gaies. “People have been captivated by Biden’s oratory skills for
decades, and the Audible version of his memoir delivers in spades.”
With a 30-day membership trial at Audible, new listeners can enjoy any
one audiobook, including this performance of Promise Me, Dad: A Year
of Hope, Hardship and Purpose, free.
Among the acclaimed performers who have narrated works of literature for
Audible are Nick Offerman, Zachary Quinto, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Lily
Collins, Emma Thompson, James Franco, and Jesse Eisenberg. In 2013,
Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis
Ian’s memoir, 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 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 2016, Audible members downloaded an
average of 17 books over the course of the year. More than half of new
Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.
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