I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
Before I heard Samuel L. Jackson read this post-modern self-help book in his deep, authoritative, GOD-like voice, I had: restless leg syndrome, sleep apnoea, delayed sleep phase syndrome, parasomnias, night terrors, nocturia, caffeine induced insomnia and somniphobia. After listening to this self-help book, I turned over, told my leg to "chill out motherf--ker" and went the f--k to sleep.
I don't think there could be a better narrator for this book, and Samuel L. Jackson does an excellent job!
I always knew about Audible and thought "someday I would get an account". The idea of this book read by this narrator pushed me over the edge. And it was everything I had expected.
Jackson's exasperated style expressing Mansbach's frustration could not more perfectly, or more humorously, capture that delicate, priceless moment in a parent's life when one fully grasps the phrase "parental responsibility".
OMG. My son is 23 now, and I just played this for him ... can't wait until he has one of his own! I just about wet myself when Samuel got to the movie & popcorn bit ... can't believe how many times that actually happened. And, admit it or not, this is EXACTLY what goes thru your head while you're reading (and reading, and reading, and reading...) your child -- the f@%k to sleep. Couldn't have chosen better than Samuel Jackson! (Love you Sam!)This if f%$king BEAUTIFUL!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The actual book with its illustrations is wonderful, but on balance the audiobook is even better. The perfect emotional narration demonstrating the frustration of parents by Samuel L Jackson is the reason. Our three children are now parents in their 40s, so I have had the pleasure of observing them being exposed to the same frustrations they caused my wife and me. Life as a grandparent is wonderful!
Samuel L. Jackson is probably the only actor (possibly besides Eddie Murphy in his early years) who could get away with this. Mr. Jackson has a great voice for narration. I hope to hear his clean stuff. If profanity offends you, this short listen is NOT for you. The F-word is throughout as well as other swear words. This would be recommended for parents who can relate to reading a story at bedtime with a kid who just won't go to sleep.
Master of Random Skills
The only thing that could make this awesome book better would be a great narration. Samuel L Jackson delivers in spades.
This is hysterical and what a perfect narrator SLJ is! My child is just about one, but this story lets me know what I am in for once he starts talking!