Audible Releases Ponzi Supernova, an Original Series Shedding New Light on Bernie Madoff and the Biggest Ponzi Scheme in History

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Six-Part Original Audio Documentary Features Dozens of Fascinating
New Interviews and Recordings of Bernie Madoff from Jail

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 Ponzi Supernova, an original series that offers
fresh insight into Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi Scheme—directly
from Madoff himself. Hosted by distinguished journalist Steve Fishman,
the series features never-before-heard recordings of Madoff as well as
dozens of new interviews with FBI and SEC agents, attorneys, traders,
financial investors, and victims of Madoff’s devastating Ponzi scheme.
The first four episodes of this six-part series are now available within
the Audible Channels experience. Additional information can be found at audible.com/Ponzi.

For years, Fishman’s tough-minded and persistent reporting on Madoff has
been instrumental in exposing the magnitude of the Ponzi scheme, and the
story of the larger, frequently overlooked financial system that enabled
Madoff to manipulate and dupe tens of thousands of victims including his
closest friends. In Ponzi Supernova, Fishman takes his
investigative reporting to new heights, providing captivating depth and
detail in chronicling a crime that continues to shock anew.

The final two episodes of the series, which will release at the end of
January, take listeners beyond the scheme’s operation and collapse,
detailing clawback efforts, and investigating how victims are receiving
remuneration, sometimes from other victims. Ponzi Supernova puts
the still-evolving nightmare into a larger, current context, and
demonstrates how the scheme’s far-flung impact continues to reverberate
so many years later.

“Even before Ponzi Supernova, I’d spent years working on the
Madoff story, and I thought I knew it well, but I didn’t,” said Fishman.
“The story we tell in Ponzi Supernova surprised me in its
details, its sweep, and its import. I got to (journalistically) hang out
with Madoff in the prison yard where he cornered the market in hot
chocolate and listen to him for a dozen hours as he revealed in intimate
detail how he got away with his crimes. And for this series, I finally
examined a question that had always bugged me: why did Madoff succeed
for so long? I studied the forces that sustained him and profited from
him, and that part of the story was the scariest of all.”

“We are thrilled to have Ponzi Supernova join the innovative,
original programming available in Audible Channels,” said Audible Chief
Content Officer Andy Gaies. “This rich audio documentary will fascinate
listeners, who continue to look to Audible for fresh and unique content
and builds on our ever-growing roster of original shows and series
across genres.”

Introduced earlier this year, Audible Channels features a consistently
refreshed, thoughtfully organized selection of original programs,
lectures, and audio editions of standout articles and news from The
Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review,
Foreign Affair, Charlie Rose, The Onion
, and other leading
periodicals. Audible Channels also showcases 20 hand-selected Audible
Playlists, from essential stories of the day, meditation and
commute-sized comedy to compilations on science, history, technology,
and more. Audible Channels is free with an Audible membership and to
Amazon Prime members, and also available to purchase as a standalone
offering for $4.95 a month.

Additional new original series and shows are announced and added to
Audible Channels regularly. For more information about Audible Channels
and the wide array of shows found therein, visit audible.com/channels.

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. Audible members downloaded an average of
more than 17 books over the course of the year. More than half of new
Audible members are first-time audiobook buyers.

ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the
leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and
entertainment, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their
lives every day. Audible was created to unleash the emotive music in
language and the habituating power and utility of verbal expression.
Audible content includes more than 325,000 audio programs from leading
audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper
publishers, and business information providers. Audible is also the
preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple’s iTunes
Store.

Contacts

Audible.com
Esther Bochner, 973-820-0781
bochnere@audible.com