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Audible Hires Major Actors to Make Audiobooks

Audible.com has hired major actors to produce “tour de force performances” of new audiobooks. The stars helped choose the books, and the lineup includes Samuel L. Jackson reading A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes and Kim Basinger reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin.

What celebrity would you choose to read your favorite book? The program will add more celebrities in the future. We’ve included the current list below…

Kate Winslet explained why she read Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola:  “You use a different part of your brain and it keeps your creative juices flowing … It is challenging, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun as well. As a listener, being able to tune out and be taken into another world, an atmosphere, an environment that is being created entirely for you by somebody else’s voice is really a wonderful, magical thing.”

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Christopher Walken Retells The Three Little Pigs

For your mid-July publishing news pleasure, we bring you a video (embedded above) of the brooding actor Christopher Walken retelling the classic children’s story, ‘Three Little Pigs.’

Thanks to Roger Ebert for pointing us to the link from a 1993 episode of the British television series, Saturday Zoo. If you enjoyed his performance, you might want to check out Samuel L. Jackson‘s profane audiobook version of Go the F*** To Sleep.

If you really want to go down a YouTube rabbit hole, check out all the satirical posts entitled “Werner Herzog Reads….” For years, fans have made fake videos of the iconic film director reading children’s books. (Via Reddit)

Go the F*** to Sleep Spawns Homemade Video Trend

Samuel L. Jackson earned hundreds of thousands of downloads last week when he read Go the F*** to Sleep for Audible. In addition, YouTube users have watched his reading nearly 20,000 times.

Adam Mansbach‘s profane children’s book for adults has spawned a number of unofficial videos on YouTube as well. These earnest readers have earned hundreds of thousands of views, sharing the book with a new online audience.

We’ve embedded a few video book readings below, but beware: ALL THESE VIDEOS CONTAIN NSFW LANGUAGE.

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Samuel L. Jackson Narrates Go the F*** to Sleep

Samuel L. Jackson recorded a six-minute audiobook version of Adam Mansbach‘s profane children’s book for adults, Go the F*** to Sleep.

Currently (as of this June 15 writing) Audible is offering the funny audiobook for free–follow this link to download. Apparently filmmaker and brilliant narrator Werner Herzog will also record an audiobook version.

Jackson explained in the narration: “I was anxious to do the audio read of this book because my agent has twins and he gave me the book and I read it and I fell out laughing. I remember all those times when I did read to my daughter when she was that age. Everybody tells you reading stories will put kids to sleep, but it never works. It didn’t in my house.”

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