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Go the F--k to Sleep | [Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)]

Go the F--k to Sleep

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - If you are at all familiar with the behavior of small children, you know that it is often torture to try to get them to sleep at night. Samuel L. Jackson names our pain with a parental performance that is as relatable and funny as it is profane. Against the backdrop of a subtle, tinkly lullaby tune, Jackson evolves from soothing to exasperated to defeated, all in a span of 6 hilarious minutes. —David

Publisher's Summary

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep.

Go the F--k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest verses perfectly capture the familiar - and unspoken - tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night. In the process, he opens up a conversation about parenting, granting us permission to admit our frustrations and laugh at their absurdity.

Beautiful, subversive, and pants-wettingly funny, Go the F**k to Sleep is a book for parents new, old, and expectant. Due to its explicit language, you probably should not play it for your children.

Feel free to share the link to this page with tired parents and other people who could use a good swear and a laugh.

©2011 Adam Mansbach. Cover Illustration © 2011 Ricardo Cortes. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Total genius." (Jonathan Lethem, author of Motherless Brooklyn, father of two)

"A children's book for grown-ups! I really did laugh out loud - hilarious!" (David Byrne, musician, father of one)

"Finally, someone tells it like it really is. This is no-guilt funny and a godsend!" (Cristina Garcia, author of The Lady Matador's Hotel, mother of one)

"The viral phenomenon comes to audio in this clever adaptation of Mansbach's "children's book for adults." NOT a family-friendly listen, this audio will have you giggling and looking around to see if anyone else heard what just came through the speakers. Samuel L. Jackson, known for his foul-mouthed onscreen characters to begin with, is a perfect choice for such a lovingly irreverent audiobook. The desperation in his voice rises as the child, who is the object of the parental pleading, refuses to cooperate. By the end, both seasoned and expectant parents will be alternating between laughing and cringing at the exasperation in Jackson's tongue-in-cheek narration. The production begins with a casual introduction from Jackson, which appears to act as an apology for what's to come, as if Jackson (and author, producers, etc.) wants to assure the listener not to worry—despite everything, we DO love our children very much. Even when they refuse to go the f--k to sleep." (AudioFile)

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    Amazon Customer Boise, ID, United States 06-14-11
    Amazon Customer Boise, ID, United States 06-14-11
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    "Great children's book, or the Greatest?"

    This. Is. Hilarious. Mr. Mansbach nailed it right on the head with this book. I bought it and I don't even have kids, it's that good.

    25 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    kurt 08-30-11
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    "Funny the first time - but that's it"

    Who doesn't love Samuel Jackson! Samuel carries this book and it really wouldn’t get the press without his participation.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Lara San Anselmo, CA, United States 06-14-11
    Lara San Anselmo, CA, United States 06-14-11
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    "That's one Bad Motherf*cking Narrator"

    Hilarious! This is the role he was born to play!

    This is my new go-to new baby gift!

    25 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 08-27-14
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    "Free is too much"
    Any additional comments?

    I got this because it was free. In this case, free is too much. I want my time back.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marion 01-09-14
    Marion 01-09-14

    I love discovering new stories while driving or working in the barn, reading voraciously since I could walk. There is no genre, just magic

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    "HORRIBLE Book - Wish I could delete it"
    What would have made Go the F--k to Sleep better?

    This book offends me on so many levels and I do not ever recall having ANY book that I have looked at or bought that I truly hate to see in my library. Please remove it. Please


    What was most disappointing about Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) ’s story?

    Narration and content. The book seems to be a childrens story in the cover illustration then shocks you from sentence one with 4 letter words. I really should have known when I saw who was narrating it.


    What didn’t you like about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance?

    Nasty tone and he seems to enjoy creating chaos with the content of this book. Hated it


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Go the F--k to Sleep?

    Every single thing. This should never had been published. At the very least take the illustration down so that you don't give even the illusion of children book


    Any additional comments?

    Hate it, Really Hate it, Did I say how much I Hate it. Please remove this from my library.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 01-23-13
    Joe Kansas City, MO, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2011

    I read science, biographies, histories, mysteries, adventures, thrillers, educationals, linguistics but not no way, not no how, romances.

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    "No Brainer"

    Come on! Why are you reading a review! It's narrated by Samuel L. Jackson! Just buy the thing!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    RaisinNut PA, USA 11-03-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 11-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Making the world better one review at a time.

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    "From Facebook joke to No. 1 bestseller!"

    Go the F--k to Sleep proves that social media can make or break a book. One night, after growing frustrated with his daughter's antics at bed time, author Adam Mansbach posted on Facebook, "Look out for my forthcoming children's book - Go the F--k to Sleep." The response was overwhelming, and Mansbach began working on the book. But social media wasn't finished with this story yet. Before its official publication date, PDF advance copies of the book went viral and Go the F--k to Sleep ended up in the No. 1 spot on the bestseller list.

    So does the story live up to all the hype?

    Yes and no. Samuel L. Jackson's reading of the book is fantastic. He does a wonderful job of portraying the weary parent who no longer cares if he is a "sh--ty" parent, he just wants his kid to go the f--k to sleep. The narrative, however, quickly gets old. It's like a book of jokes that all have the same punchline.

    Honestly, I am probably not in a position to review this book. Not having children myself, and never having experienced the struggle to get a child to go to sleep, I laughed at this book but was unable to relate. If you are a parent, you should definitely buy this book and listen for yourself. At under $2 and only 6 minutes of listening time, you just can't go wrong.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 07-17-11
    Kelly FORT WORTH, TX, United States 07-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Instant Classic!"

    Great fun for anyone who has kids. They couldn't have picked a better narrator!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joanie C 07-15-11
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    "Fantastic!"

    The perfect marriage of material and reader! I laughed until I cried, and then I listened again and laughed some more.

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    GemInI1963 FLOODWOOD, MN, United States 07-13-11
    GemInI1963 FLOODWOOD, MN, United States 07-13-11 Member Since 2014
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    "LovesAudible.com"

    It's not MY granny's bedtime story but it is very funny! My kids are all grown up but I know there were times that I wanted to say just that- and probably did!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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