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Hollywood on Tape – The New York Times

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Meryl Streep at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, Calif., in February.

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Audiobooks provide thriving ancillary careers for some of film’s boldest-faced names — no makeup or costumes required. Meryl Streep seems to have the perfect pitch for children’s favorites, including “The Velveteen Rabbit” and Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester.” Samuel L. Jackson has helped intone much of the Bible. Lena Dunham, Martha Stewart and RuPaul all chimed in on Sheila Nevins’s “You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales.”

You may recognize these other mellifluous voices:

• “Anna Karenina” read by Maggie Gyllenhaal

• “Being There” read by Dustin Hoffman

• “By Nightfall” read by Hugh Dancy

• “The Dangerous Days of Daniel X” read by Milo Ventimiglia

• “The End of the Affair” read by Colin Firth

• “Gossip Girl” read by Christina Ricci

• “The Handmaid’s Tale” read by Claire Danes

• “The Human Comedy” read by Meg Ryan

• “To Kill a Mockingbird” read by Sissy Spacek

• “The Member of the Wedding” read by Susan Sarandon

• “Mrs. Dalloway” read by Annette Bening

• “Pack of Two” read by Hilary Swank

• “The Red Necklace” read by Tom Hiddleston

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