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To Tell His Own Story, Actor Jeff Daniels Opts To Publish An Audio Memoir, Not A Book.


Jeff Daniels, whose body of work spans genres and generations, is returning to what he knows best: his stories, songs, and guitar. And that audio-driven effort means Daniels’ memoir will not come on the page but rather in a podcast as he launches a two-season series called Alive and Well Enough.


This musical memoir, exclusive to Audible, will stitch together Daniels’ own life story as the actor shares with listeners in his own alluring voice the intimate, emotional retelling of his star turns in movies ranging from “Terms of Endearment” to “Dumb and Dumber.” Audible says the podcast will also feature his songs and plays written “straight from his Midwestern soul” as well as what it says are the “hopes and dreams that led him from a small town to a career as one of America's best-loved actors.”


“Audible is the only place where I get to do everything I do,” said Jeff Daniels in a statement. “Alive and Well Enough is an audio adventure of an accidental artist who one day looked up and realized he had a sense of humor, a passion for writing and stories to tell.”


The first season of Alive and Well Enough will debut September 7 with a dozen episodes. A second season of the podcast will follow.


The podcast will use a unique nonlinear structure that will flash forward and back in time, reviving some of Daniels’ most memorable characters with music spersed throughout. The series is being produced with Daniel’s son, Ben.


“At Audible, we have a focus on inventive audio storytelling that takes standard genres and turns them on their head. Alive and Well Enough is like nothing you’ve heard before,” said Rachel Ghiazza, Chief Content Officer at Audible. “It’s memoir, music, and performance all masterfully combined by Daniels, whose ability to deliver both drama and humor is unmatched. It’s sure to become as iconic and loved as his most famous roles.”


Audible says Daniels’ podcast will fit into its portfolio of “genre-bending” shows, which earlier included Jesse Eisenberg’s When You Finish Saving the World which was later developed into Eisenberg’s directorial film debut. It has also released other shows that have mixed memoir with performance, comedy, and self-development. Those projects include Kevin Hart’s Monsters and How to Tame Them, Colin Kaepernick’s Change the Game, Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant, Meghan McCain’s Bad Republican, Quinta Brunson’s She Memes Well, and The Book of Baraka from Ras Baraka and Jelani Cobb. Daniels’ release also joins Audible’s long tradition of musical storytelling including over 30 releases in the Words + Music series.

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