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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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    BeerBrewPro NJ 02-13-12
    BeerBrewPro NJ 02-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Truer words have never been spoken"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book and I must say hearing Samuel Jackson read it made it all the more entertaining


    Would you recommend Go the F--k to Sleep to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you are a parent, this will bring back memories of how you felt...


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    Heather Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-11-12
    Heather Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.

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    "F**king Hilarious"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Yes. It's theraputic for parents.


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

    Characterization and inflection of the words. His reading of it is exactly the way that parents sound when we're exhausted and want our kids to SLEEP!


    If you could take any character from Go the F--k to Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The parents. We all need a night off.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the end with the uneaten popcorn. How many times has that happened? Too many to count.

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    Amazon Customer 02-07-12
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    "A good laugh"
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    This story really resembles the daily routine of parents with young children. Worth the money, it entertains!

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    Becky 02-05-12
    Becky 02-05-12
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    "Need to have a paper copy"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    To truly appreciate this, you really need the paper copy. The illustrations add to the story.


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    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 02-03-12
    Patricia Bayfield, Colorado United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Short but Sweet"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    No. Because its short on content.


    What other book might you compare Go the F--k to Sleep to and why?

    None


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

    N/A


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

    Yes and did.


    Any additional comments?

    Really funny and something most parents can identify with.

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    Marilyn Washington, DC, United States 01-30-12
    Marilyn Washington, DC, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Quite the Funny... Check it out :)"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The performer was Perfect!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


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

    His wonderfully INTENSE personality.


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

    yep... it's quite short... but you are really hopping for the sake of SLJ that the child FINALLY goes to sleep... {{:0)


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    Kevin 01-23-12
    Kevin 01-23-12
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    "Genuine parent experience: inside and out"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version of this so I can't speak to how the illustrations impact the story experience.


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

    The most memorable moment was the narrator's switch from frustrated pleading to indignant anger (I won't spoil it by quoting the words). Needless to say, the stuffed bear is staying put.


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    Candice Anchorage, Ak, United States 01-23-12
    Candice Anchorage, Ak, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2016

    candy from ak

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    "Hilarity ensues"
    What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    Samuel L Jackson really has the tired, worn out parent down to a


    Would you recommend Go the F--k to Sleep to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would absolutely recommend this to all my friends who are in need of a good laugh, it's funny everytime you listen to it.


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    Martha Detroit, MI, United States 01-23-12
    Martha Detroit, MI, United States 01-23-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Definitely Adults Only!"

    I loved this. I played it for my friends and they all want a copy. The words are rough, but anyone that has ever tried to get a child to go to sleep understands completely.

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    D Olathe, KS, United States 01-23-12
    D Olathe, KS, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Morgan Makes It"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    the narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the main character is the Father, portrayed by Morgan Freeman. He makes it worth listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first few sentences.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    n/a


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