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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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    Brendan Scarborough, ON, Canada 06-22-11
    Brendan Scarborough, ON, Canada 06-22-11
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    "Can't stop laughing"

    The book was wonderful, but Samuel's delivery using a tone of frustration contrasted with the gentle background music is just too much. I think my lungs will never be in the same position again from laughing so hysterically.

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    Star Isford SANTA ANA, CA, United States 06-22-11
    Star Isford SANTA ANA, CA, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely loved it!!!"

    Yes! Finally someone wrote the bedtime story from the parent view! I cracked up! Thank you for this one!

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    Cheryl Chavez 06-22-11
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    "*Sigh* Been There. Thought that."

    Although the repeated use of the F-word did make me cringe because it is not a word that I use. I had to say that I found myself giggling! It reminds me of the stories that I had to read over and over and over to my kids. (How Baby Birds Balloon Burst by Dr Suess. I HATED that book and all of my kids LOVED it!)

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    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 06-22-11
    Sheila Rooks Charlotte, NC 06-22-11

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    "Where was this book 40 years ago?"

    Sam Jackson does a perfect job reading this work. Having struggled with bedtime and a child with ADHD way back when, I can so relate to every thought and nuance. I had oral surgery just before I listened to this and literally burst a stitch laughing so hard.

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    A. Yates Acworth, GA, United States 06-21-11
    A. Yates Acworth, GA, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Belly laughing the entire time"

    This little jewel delivers. Belly laughs the entire way! I wish it were longer! Samuel L Jackson does a great job!

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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 06-21-11
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 06-21-11 Member Since 2012
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    "!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    I love it when the most versatile word in the English language is used in so many ways:)
    While I enjoy Jackson's voice immensely, my sense of irony was aching for a classical British accent.
    Ralph Richardson, Burton, and Olivier are no longer with us.....what about Jeremy Irons?

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    tonya parkville, MO, United States 06-21-11
    tonya parkville, MO, United States 06-21-11
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    "What a great book and how very, very true!"

    This book brought tears to my eyes, from laughing...if only this had been available when my children were little. Of course you don't read this to your children but oh does it sum up the way most of us feel at bedtime. Samuel L. Jackson is the perfect narrator for this. I will share it with all the grown-ups I know and probably my teenagers too.

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    Earlyne Newark, NJ, United States 06-20-11
    Earlyne Newark, NJ, United States 06-20-11

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    "If only"

    I could read this to the little ones. It would make my day and night. LOL!

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    lynne littleton, CO, United States 06-20-11
    lynne littleton, CO, United States 06-20-11
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    "Chuckled all the way through this!"

    I wish I'd had this when my now grown kids were small. I got it anyway and thoroughly enjoyed it. Samuel L Jackson did an awesome job narrating, it's too cute to be believed and should have you chuckling, too (unless you're a puritan, pedant or have absolutely no sense of humor).

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    derek Rayville, LA, United States 06-20-11
    derek Rayville, LA, United States 06-20-11 Member Since 2014
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    "FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY"

    I have felt the same way numerous times with my kids...only i never cursed them out

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