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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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    Nathan Dunn Rhode Island 04-26-12
    Nathan Dunn Rhode Island 04-26-12
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    "Perfect for any parent."
    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    This is the perfect book for any parent as we have all felt this way at some point. Samuel Jackson is just the icing on the cake.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The shift from a story to a child to what we're thinking in our heads.


    What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    He got the snakes off the plane.


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

    When the kid woke up. How many times has THAT happened.


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    Rachal Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States 04-25-12
    Rachal Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A guilty pleasure!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is halarious and a total guilty pleasure for all good parents out there. We would never say these things to our children but by no means does that mean we don't scream these things in our heads quiet often at the various hours of bedtime. I have played this for several friends, all parents, and the reaction was universal ie. red faces, giggles from hand covered mouths closely followed by bouts of uncontainable belly laughter, and shouts of "this is so true". It is 6 minutes of listening pleasure that will definitly remain downloaded and ready for a quick listen


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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-23-12
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Laugh my butt off."

    A must read for anyone who has ever had trouble putting a kid to sleep.

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    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 04-23-12
    Catherine J. Pondozzi Laurel, Maryland 04-23-12 Member Since 2013

    I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha

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    "The world losses meaning"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    My son


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) again?

    I don't know


    Did Samuel L. Jackson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing really, my children were not hard to get to bed & to go to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I just think the word F--K loses it's effectiveness the more it is used. Instead of having the shock effect it just becomes another word without any boom.

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    Robin Townsend Misawa AFB, Japan 04-23-12
    Robin Townsend Misawa AFB, Japan 04-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This made me giggle"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think all parents go through this at some point or another. Mr. Jackson performs nicely as the frustrated father of a child at bedtime. Even if you don't swear out loud, you know you've thought, "Go the F--k to Sleep!"


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    Charles Austin, TX, USA 04-19-12
    Charles Austin, TX, USA 04-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I was asleep before I even knew it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Jacksons' stern fatherly voice.


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

    going the f--k to sleep


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

    he makes the book


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

    Why won't you go the fuck to sleep


    Any additional comments?

    Go the f--k to sleep

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    Charles Austin, TX, United States 04-19-12
    Charles Austin, TX, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2005

    Yo

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    "I was asleep before I even knew it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Jacksons' stern fatherly voice.


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

    going the f--k to sleep


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    he makes the book


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

    Why won't you go the fuck to sleep


    Any additional comments?

    Go the f--k to sleep

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nulfo 04-19-12
    Nulfo 04-19-12
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    "One joke gets old fast"
    What did you like best about Go the F--k to Sleep? What did you like least?

    Samuel Jackson's narration is perfect for this simple tale. Unfortunately the lines he is given is repetitive and predictable and the joke gets old quick.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) again?

    I would not be interested in more of the same type of material.


    What about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    He delivers each line of poetry with such relish, as if each is the tagline from "Snakes on a Plane".


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    Cute for the first few stanzas. Maybe if I could see the illustrations it would have been funnier throughout.

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    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 04-18-12
    Steve Delray Beach, FL, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2016

    I'm always looking for that well written gem.

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    "An overlong joke with no payoff."
    What disappointed you about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    After the first verse, it just the same joke repeated to different rhymes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) again?

    Never say never. Maybe


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Samuel L. Jackson?

    He is the perfect choice for this book. Excellent.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It has one cute joke and then...well I didn't even make it all the way through. Sorry


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like this new review system. And is it just me, or is inputting text a pain? The text editor is clunky. Whole sentences disappear. ???

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    Asta 04-18-12
    Asta 04-18-12
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    "Profane but Funny - Samuel L. Jackson did Great"

    While at first, not being a parent, I didn't really relate to the parent, as the "bedtime story" progressed, I exercised some imagination - and I could imagine all the beleaguered parents desperately trying to get their kids asleep.

    Samuel L. Jackson's narration really went a long way in helping me imagine this scene. His story of his own struggles to get his daughter to sleep helped me see him as the parent putting his child to sleep. He read this bedtime story with such a tired voice with the spurts of frustrated tenderness that it was obvious he had had practice. :D I thought he did a great job, and his performance helped me enjoy this story better than I would have otherwise, not having the experience to relate to it - yet.

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