(From PR Newswire.)
Streep, one of the most celebrated performers of our time, offers a rare and powerful performance in THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, Toibin's acclaimed and provocative imagining of the life of Mary in the years after Jesus' death. The three-time Academy Award winner gives voice to Mary, a solitary, fully human woman—aging, flawed, courageous and outspoken—seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.
"What Meryl Streep manages first is a sort of calm force; there is a naturalness in the voice, and in the phrasing. And then slowly something sorrowful emerges, it is like an undertone. It comes from the stops and the half-sighs and that can move into moments of insistent pain and out of that again into memory," says Toibin. "She has a way of lingering on words and phrases which is always perfectly natural, but it gradually takes on a real power. I think anyone who hears it will be astonished by it."
Colm Toibin is the author of six novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award.
"To have one of the great actors of our time apply her craft to the audiobook medium is a true publishing event," says Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. "Listeners will be spellbound by her interpretation of Colm Toibin's vivid, compelling novel."
Streep's haunting performance combined with Toibin's tour de force of imagination and language create a listening experience so compelling our vision of Mary will be forever transformed.