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Go the F--k to Sleep Audiobook

Go the F--k to Sleep

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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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    pbmaxx 06-07-12
    pbmaxx 06-07-12 Member Since 2013
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    "interesting read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have 2 children so I could relate to this book


    If you’ve listened to books by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) before, how does this one compare?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    enjoyed the whole book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yeah


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Josie Neptune, NJ 06-04-12
    Josie Neptune, NJ 06-04-12 Listener Since 2009
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    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings himself, if you are casting this particular book, he is the guy.


    Any additional comments?

    The background music makes it even better.

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    Mary Hagerstown, MD, United States 06-04-12
    Mary Hagerstown, MD, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "ROTFL"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, and I have listened to it over & over. Very funny!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Go the F--k to Sleep?

    When Samuel L Jackson gets very frustrated.


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If you could rename Go the F--k to Sleep, what would you call it?

    The name is fine. I would prefer a name without f--k in it, but someone might misunderstand who the intended audience is.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is NOT for kids, just really immature adults like myself.

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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 06-04-12
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "Samuel Jackson Can Read Me To Sleep Anytime!"

    I bought this book in hardcopy because I had heard so many great things about it--and it lived up to the hype. Then, I learned that an audio version of it had been made with none other than Samuel L. Jackson as the narrator, and I had to have it. The story is short and sweet--and I suspect that all parents can relate to it! Having Jackson read it makes it that much better. Highly recommend!!

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    John Pamperin 05-28-12
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    "Funny the first time you hear it, but gets of fast"

    I picked up this audiobook as a lark, as I saw the YouTube video of a Phillipino grandma reading it for the first time and I thought it was hilarious. Then I saw that Samuel Jackson was going to read it, so I had to get it. Like the Phillipino grandma, it was funny the first time, but gets old fast.

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    Susann 05-26-12
    Susann 05-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "When I need a laugh"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    I have listened to it multiple times when I need a laugh, or just to be consoled. At 9:00 I turn into an exhausted witch who just wants her kiddos to Go the F--K to Sleep. Knowing that there are others who can sympathize is comforting. In this case, it's comforting and hilarious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The NARRATION!


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What a great voice for a comedic touch.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh out loud every time I play it.


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    J. Decatur, GA, United States 05-21-12
    J. Decatur, GA, United States 05-21-12
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    "An account of how every parent feels at some point"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Samuel Jackson does an excellent job bringing the book to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Go the F--k to Sleep?

    The whole book was memorable


    Which character – as performed by Samuel L. Jackson – was your favorite?

    There was only one character


    Who was the most memorable character of Go the F--k to Sleep and why?

    The parent because they try everything to get the child to go to sleep but nothing works.


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    Larry Jurupa Valley, CA, United States 05-16-12
    Larry Jurupa Valley, CA, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader.... er listener.

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    "It says it all in the title."

    This book is for any parent who has been kept up late on a work day by a little one who will just not go "The F--K To Sleep". And well worth the price for the laugh.

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    June A. Cook Fairbanks, Alaska United States 05-14-12
    June A. Cook Fairbanks, Alaska United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2017

    Alaska Homesteader

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    "Humor is subjective, BUT ..."
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    I am 70 yrs old, have raised 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and now have one great-grandchild. This book made me laugh till the tears were running down my cheeks and my sides were hurting. I understand that some folk might object to the language ... I can only hope they might get past their prejudices and enjoy this masterpiece. Think of the author as having an internal dialog.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    (Spoiler:) There comes a moment when the child finally goes to sleep, parent sits down to relax and enjoy movie ... with popcorn ... from the microwave ... DING. You guessed it. I play this audio whenever I need a quick laugh. It's on top of my favorites list.


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    lady dye 1399 05-14-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Kids or not, you will laugh your Bleep off!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    The sheer desperation and annoyance in SLJ's voice is masterful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I regularly watch my Nephews...Believe me, this book says everything I WISH i could say out loud on occasion.


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