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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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    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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    Ninjachinchin 04-17-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Haa haa haaaaaa!"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Picturing Samuel L. Jackson slowly but surely losing complete control. Hilarious!


    Any additional comments?

    Short, funny and this is exactly how frustrating it is to put a child the f*ck to sleep...I have empathy for the author, not just sympathy.

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    Daniel S. Palter Pelican Rapids MN 04-17-12
    Daniel S. Palter Pelican Rapids MN 04-17-12 Member Since 2008

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    "A must listen for parents!"

    I've listened to this one several times and I always laugh, shaking my head, as I am a parent with very stubborn kids. They always seem to know exactly when to wake up!

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    Mark L. Madison Heights, MI, United States 04-16-12
    Mark L. Madison Heights, MI, United States 04-16-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Narrator, Crappy Story"

    Not sure what I was looking for in this book, but I know I didn't find it.

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    jamie Springield, MO, United States 04-15-12
    jamie Springield, MO, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "HA!"
    What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    The performance by Samuel L. Jackson is spot on. I think every parent can relate, and myself, not having kids, can definitely sympathize.


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

    The Audible Book Announcer just is so official sounding when reading the title... Cracks me up


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

    The desperate emotion in his voice


    Any additional comments?

    Kid's book for parents only

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    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-15-12
    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "zzzzzz....lol"
    What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    the intro and closing - "we hope you've enjoyed, ....."


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

    predictable


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

    the dad


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

    the first time he told it like it was -- uttering the unspeakable, but much thought phrase....


    Any additional comments?

    it went on too long -- it was tiresome, and almost dumb in the end. would've carried a heavier punch by losing a few stanzas. clever though!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Isabella LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-14-12
    Isabella LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-14-12
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    "terrible language,unsuitable for children"
    What disappointed you about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    the language


    What could Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    use suitable language or rate the piece to alert people who are sensitive to foul language


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

    the reading was very good would have enjoyed if language was not so abominable


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

    not for me


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    Amazon Customer 04-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible!"
    Would you try another book from Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) and/or Samuel L. Jackson?

    This is the least funny, least classy thing I've ever purchased in my 10 years as an Audible.com member.
    This is just trash....don't fall for it!


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    Jamie United States 04-02-12
    Jamie United States 04-02-12
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    "The Best Ever Naptime Story for Grownups"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book to friends, family and co-workers. It is hilarious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Samuel L. Jackson's performance of this first person narrative is supurb. Any parent, grandparent or caregiver of a toddler can identify and sympathize with the frustrations of the main character. Although I never verbalized my frustrations in such a manner; I do get a little guilty pleasure hearing someone else do so.


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

    I have not listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson's other performances. However, I plan to listen to A Rage in Harlem.


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

    Go the F--k to Sleep is only about 5-6 minutes long. It has become my favorite stress relieving tool.


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    Jane Reading, PA, United States 03-26-12
    Jane Reading, PA, United States 03-26-12
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    "Cute story"
    If you could sum up Go the F--k to Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Believable, easy listening.


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

    The title


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

    the father as his character was truly the only one.


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

    I have no idea


    Any additional comments?

    no additional comments

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