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Audible, Inc., the world’s largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word content, today announced that Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson’s famous performance of Adam Mansbach’s Go the F**k to Sleep will be available as a free download at Audible through Father’s Day, June 15. First released by Audible Studios in 2011, Jackson’s recording became a viral phenomenon and the most downloaded Audible Studios title of all time. The audio edition is available at www.audible.com/sleep.
“At Audible, our efforts to propel literate listening into the mainstream have continuously emphasized the performance of artfully composed words as theater for the ears. To us, books can be the greatest scripts ever written,” said Audible founder and CEO Donald Katz. “Sam Jackson’s phenomenally hilarious performance of this modern classic is the very embodiment of this philosophy—the perfect marriage of actor and material. Whether or not you’ve ever been a tired out, pushed-to-the-limit parent, if you haven’t heard Sam read this story yet, you’re in for a treat. And if you have, I promise it’s just as funny the second time around.”
Jackson’s performance of Go the F**k to Sleep was an Audie finalist for Audiobook of the Year in 2012.
Among the acclaimed actors who have performed works of literature for Audible are Annette Bening, Ben Stiller, Bryan Cranston, Colin Firth, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon. In 2013, Audible Studios won its first Grammy Award, for its production of Janis Ian’s memoir Society’s Child, and also won the Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year, for Firth’s performance of Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair.
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. In 2013, Audible members downloaded an average of more than 17 books over the course of a year, the equivalent of close to 600 million listening hours.