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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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    Barbara Astoria, NY, United States 01-09-12
    Barbara Astoria, NY, United States 01-09-12
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    "Wonderful"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    It reminded me of when I was a nanny


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

    No


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

    Not one character stood out


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    Celeste Chicago, IL, United States 01-07-12
    Celeste Chicago, IL, United States 01-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A good laugh."

    Most of us can relate, really a book for moms and dads. I laughed out loud.

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    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-03-12
    Joseph Sioux Falls, SD, United States 01-03-12
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    "A great gag gift for any new parents"

    This book caught a lot of flack when it was released. It's not meant to be read to kids, it's a joke for parents. Taken as such, it's worth a few bucks and a few laughs among adults.

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    magicmonster 01-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "amusing short listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    You can really hear the readers flustration which makes the audiobook more believeable. Adult listen in my opinion.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Too short


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

    Main character


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

    Chuckled....


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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 01-03-12
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2014

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    "Can't Sleep..Laughing too Hard"
    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Funniest children's book ever.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Honestly the introduction was the absolute funniest part of the book.


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

    Ummm...he brings his patented coolness.


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

    Yes, and I have multiple times.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely hysterical! Believe it or not there is some profanity.

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    Kari Orlando, FL, United States 12-31-11
    Kari Orlando, FL, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Worst Book Ever"

    Thank god this was book was CHEAP and only 6 minutes long, didn't think I was going to make 6 minutes. Wish I could get a refund!!!!

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    terry Evans, GA, United States 12-19-11
    terry Evans, GA, United States 12-19-11
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    "horrible..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The cut down on the amount of horrible language in this audio book.


    Has Go the F--k to Sleep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


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

    Anger... that I even wasted my money and time with this selection.


    Any additional comments?

    Not that I didn't expect a bad word in the book but felt that was too much of the point was to shock the listener. Samuel Jackson as the narrator caught my interest and heard about the book in the media. Enjoyed hearing Samuel Jackson but the book/story was horrible.

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    John 12-12-11
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    "Been There, Thought that."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Mr Jackson's interpretation and palpable frustration enhance the text.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Which scene was your favorite?

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

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    Any additional comments?

    Must read for any frustrated parent looking to laugh at the futility of it all.

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    Bruno Harleysville, PA, United States 12-10-11
    Bruno Harleysville, PA, United States 12-10-11

    Al Ulrich

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    "Hilarious and Irreverant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Fall down on the floor funny.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Samuel L. Jackson's narration


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

    Pulp Fiction + a children's story = hilarious


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

    Snakes on a Plane for parents


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    Josh Atlanta, GA, United States 12-09-11
    Josh Atlanta, GA, United States 12-09-11

    Studying to be a Mechanical Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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    "Really fun, unless your easily offended."

    Really fun, unless your easily offended, in which case I say grow up or F--k off because I don't really care for the sorts of opinions that demote this brilliant book because it uses dirty language.

    But seriously this is a really good and fun story to listen to.
    And the fact that it was narrated Samuel L Jackson made it all the more richer.

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