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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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    Ron Roselle Park, NJ, United States 06-17-11
    Ron Roselle Park, NJ, United States 06-17-11 Member Since 2012
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    "My Life"

    I could not stop laughing and crying because this is my life. My 3 yr old is killing me!!!!

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    Amazon Customer Rigby, ID, United States 06-17-11
    Amazon Customer Rigby, ID, United States 06-17-11
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    "LOL"

    If you have or have had a toddler and like crudeness this is a must have.

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    Lorettta River Ridge, LA, United States 06-17-11
    Lorettta River Ridge, LA, United States 06-17-11
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    "Go the F to Sleep"

    Loved it, reminded me of what I used to think but didn't say. Laughed really hard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Hyattsville, MD 06-17-11
    Sharon Hyattsville, MD 06-17-11
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    "I can't get mad at all the cussing..."

    ...because this is awesome. And narrated by SAMUEL L. JACKSON, muthatrucker!! Great comedic timing in his narration, coupled with genuine parental angst.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    v main, CA, United States 06-17-11
    v main, CA, United States 06-17-11
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    "ha ha ha ha ha ha"

    Hysterical !!!! Samuel L Jackson is perfect !! Loved it !!!

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    Lorraine Orlando, FL, United States 06-17-11
    Lorraine Orlando, FL, United States 06-17-11
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    "LOL!"

    Most parents can relate to this tale seeing as we experienced the same emotions if not the exact phrases first hand. Samuel L. Jackson is perfect - he builds on the narrative and you can just feel his emotion as he tries, with not much luck, and as much exasperated patience as he can muster, to get his story book daughter to go the f&#k to sleep. The illustrations are first rate and the story has just the right imagery to carry it through to the end. I reviewed this story late last night and was thinking the same thing - why can't I just "Go the F&#k to Sleep!" I give it five stars and loved to share it!

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    Karen Houston, TX, United States 06-16-11
    Karen Houston, TX, United States 06-16-11
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    "Hilarious"

    This is definately what every tired parents thinks but can't say to thier lovely little angels at bedtime. I laughed so hard while listening. It is wonderful.

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    Brenda Edmonton, AB, Canada 06-16-11
    Brenda Edmonton, AB, Canada 06-16-11
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    "Go The F*** To Sleep"

    What a hilarious audio! LOL! Yes! Every word true! My teens could use a bedtime story like this when they won't go to sleep! Read and taken in the spirit that it was meant to be, excellent! Any parent that has had this situation happen can appreciate this story, and it could have been written with1 profanity at the end and still have been hilarious. Right up there with profanity free "Walter the Farting Dog" series of books/audio.

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    Kevin LOVELAND, OH, United States 06-16-11
    Kevin LOVELAND, OH, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Book is dumb....Unless read by Samuel L Jackson"

    There is no one in the world today that I think is better at swearing in such a lively way than Samuel L. Jackson. After being somewhat disappointed in the book version of Go the Fvck to sleep, I found this Audible read version and about busted a gut. So glad that if someone read this it was him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Nashville, TN, United States 06-16-11
    Matthew Nashville, TN, United States 06-16-11
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    "Almost Perfect"

    I would give this a perfect 5 stars if it didn't have the "extra fluff" at the beginning and the end. I don't care to hear Samuel L. Jackson say why he wanted to read the book, I just want to hear him read it. Also, I don't care that Audible tells me what I am going to listen to or what I have listened to. Aside from these detractors... it's Samuel L. Jackson reading "Go the Fuck to Sleep." It doesn't get much better than that.

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