Willem DafoeWillem Dafoe’s audiobook work includes the Stephen King novel “One Past Midnight: The Langoliers.”
Johnny DeppThe “Pirates of the Caribbean” star narrated part of Keith Richards’ biography “Life,” which makes sense, as they are good friends in real life. Depp even partially based the character of Jack Sparrow on the Rolling Stones guitarist. “He’s pretty flawless,” Michele McGonigle, Hachette Audio’s director of audio production and executive producer told Publishers Weekly in May. “He’s a pro and knows Keith so well, he knows how to tell the story.”
Michael DouglasMichael Douglas will narrate his famous father’s upcoming book, “I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist.” Douglas’ memoir is scheduled for release on June 12.
Jesse Eisenberg“Colin Fischer” will be about a 14-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome, GalleyCat reported.
Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway narrated L. Frank Baum’s famous children’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
Edward Herrmann“Gilmore Girls” fans remember Edward Herrmann as Rory’s stuffy but lovable grandfather, but this actor also has a huge voice role under his belt: narrating Ayn Rand’s famous novel “Atlas Shrugged.”
Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons, fondly known as the voice of Scar in Disney’s “The Lion King,” has done a ton of audiobook work. You can listen to him read “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl, “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov and “Brideshead Revisited” by Evelyn Waugh.
Samuel L. JacksonSamuel L. Jackson narrated Adam Mansbach’s parenting book “Go the F**k to Sleep.” He also participated in a star-studded recording of the Bible, providing the voice of God. He also narrated the Chester Himes novel “A Rage in Harlem.”
James Earl JonesJames Earl Jones has one up on fellow Bible reader Samuel L. Jackson. Jones read the entire King James version of the New Testament!
Liam NeesonThe hunky Liam Neeson unveiled his softer side by reading “The Polar Express.”
Brad PittBrad Pitt was one of several celebrity readers for the Dustin Lance Black play “8,” which challenged California’s Proposition 8. He was joined by fellow actors George Clooney and Martin Sheen, among others.
Josh RadnorThe “How I Met Your Mother” star was one of the narrators for audio versions of the Neil Simon play “Biloxi Blues” and the Jon Robin Baitz play “The Paris Letter.”
Julia RobertsScarlett Johansson may have starred in a film version of the Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus novel “The Nanny Diaries,” but this pretty woman narrated the audiobook version.
Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon narrated the Carson McCullers novel “The Member of the Wedding.” Her other voice work includes participating in readings of Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey.”
Martin SheenMartin Sheen narrated a book by none other than the Dalai Lama: “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World.” He also narrated “Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son,” a memoir he co-wrote with his son, Emilio Estevez. Geez, what about including Charlie Sheen?
Stanley TucciStanley Tucci has narrated many a written work, including the David Lindsey novel “The Color of Night” and the G. Bruce Knecht book “The Proving Ground.”
SPDR gold holdings drop for fifth month in February
Holdings of the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD), fell for a fifth consecutive month in February, data from the New York-based fund showed, the longest run of outflows since the trust's inception.
The hefty decline seen in January slackened, however. The fund's gold holdings dropped by 520,580 ounces last month to 38.934 million ounces, compared to a 1.722 million ounce fall in January, the second largest outflow in its history. [GOL/SPDR]
Exchange-traded funds back each security issued with physical stocks of a given commodity, creating a product they say is free from counterparty risk.
They have taken a significant amount of bullion off the market since the first fund was launched in 2003, helping support a run-up in gold prices XAU= to record highs last year, and a rise in silver prices XAG= to a 31-year peak.
Holdings of gold-backed exchange-traded products operated in Europe by London's ETF Securities also edged lower, though some smaller ETPs, such as the COMEX Gold Trust (IAU) and the gold fund operated by ETF Securities' U.S. arm (SGOL.P) saw inflows.
The most popular of the ETFs has for quite some time been seeing falling stocks and at the weekend these, at 1,218 tonnes, were at their lowest levels in almost nine months, said precious metals house Heraeus in a weekly report.
Whether this is an appetiser for larger profit-taking to come is not clear, but the question is fairly important as this largest ETF, the SPDR Gold Trust, holds almost seven times more metal than the second largest one.
SILVER HOLDINGS RISE
The largest silver ETF, the iShares Silver Trust (SLV), saw a slight recovery in its holdings last month, meanwhile, with the amount of silver held by the trust increasing by 7.713 million ounces to 342.9 million ounces.
In January its holdings fell 15.919 million ounces, the biggest decline in the fund's history.
The amount of platinum and palladium held by ETPs operated by ETF Securities' U.S. subsidiary also rose in February, by 14,741 ounces and 58,997 ounces respectively.
ETFS Physical Platinum Shares (PPLT.P) now holds a record 452,051 ounces of metal, equivalent to nearly one month's global platinum supply last year. ETFS Physical Palladium Shares (PALL.P) holds 1.212 million ounces of palladium, also a record.
Jesse Eisenberg is quickly becoming one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and The Social Network star is about to conquer new acting territory: audiobook narration.
Eisenberg, who previously lent his voice to the computer-animated film Rio, will narrate Colin Fischer, a young adult novel by screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, Mediabistro's GalleyCat blog reported. Miller and Stentz's screenwriting credits include X-Men: First Class and Thor. Colin Fischer will be published by Penguin Group's Razorbill imprint and is scheduled for release on Nov. 8.
Eisenberg joins a long list of actors who have narrated audiobooks. We're not sure exactly how much he'll get paid for his voice, but regular voiceover actors can get $300 to $1,500 for a job, according to a Yahoo! report, although a different account from Publishing Central lists higher fees that can range from $4,000 to $6,000. We can only presume the going rate for A-list actors is higher than this.
But even if audiobook voiceover isn't a big payday, it doesn't mean celebrities won't or can't do a decent job. Think of actors such as Morgan Freeman, who narrated the documentary March of the Penguins. He could probably read the nutrition facts on a can of soup and make it sound like Shakespeare.
Here are actors who have narrated audiobooks. Would you want to listen to these voices over and over (and over) again?