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.
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©2011 Adam Mansbach. Cover Illustration © 2011 Ricardo Cortes. (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"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)
Wow. I am not sure what to say except that, having read through many pages of 5-star reviews, I am suddenly beginning to get an inkling as to why I have had so much difficulty using audible customer reviews as the basis for screening books. I am about the furthest thing from being a prude that you will find, and yet, although this book wasn't offensive to me whatsoever, it was insultingly simple, mundane, predictable, inane, and simple minded. I am actually pleased to have listened to it and, more importantly, to have read through the many customer reviews written for it. If nothing else, it provided me with a real understanding of why I can't ever seem to find a correlation between my own likes and dislikes and those of other reviewers. At the risk of sounding sanctimonious, I will say that the average customer review being an almost perfect 5 stars seems to say alot about what I see as a deterioration in the overall level of substance (or lack thereof) in the entertainment industry as a whole these days. When a narration can earn a perfect 5 stars with nothing more than completely predicable Dr Seuss style rhymes, punctuated with the F bomb ever 4 stanzas, it is no wonder that I am findind it ever increasingly difficult to find a good read.
Hysterical. Every friend of mine that has listened to this has laughed and cried. It is such a joy to realize you are not alone in the thoughts that run through your head at bedtime. Samuel Jackson is awesome as the narrator.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This is an enjoyable book. It made me smile from the start. This is a correct match of story, humor and reader. I strongly recommend it.
Over and over and over! It's exactly what every parent wants to tell their child when trying to get them to sleep. It's hilarious.
I can't think of another book that would even come close to comparing to Go the F--k to Sleep. It's in a class all by itself.
It's Samuel L Jackson, what's not to like? He does such a fantastic job of portraying the desperation a parent feels in trying to get their kids to go to sleep. You know right away that he's been in this situation and understands what other parents feel.
A Parent's Bedtime Story
Somewhere between 12 and blueberry.
It put me the fuck to sleep.
I had no idea who Samuel L. Jackson was until this book.
It puts you to fucking sleep!
No- I hated everything about it. I loved my kids, and I thought it was just going to be funny, but it was offensive.
It was free.
Helping raise my granddaughter and bedtime being an on going battle, this story sit right at home.
The Dad's pains of putting the little girl to sleep were so honest.
Laughed out loud at the honesty of the father's feelings.
Not for children but perfect for sleep deprived parents or grandparents!
Definitely! Funny little bedtime story for adults who have ever had children. Or anyone who loves Samuel L. Jackson's voice!
It's one of a kind.
The whole book (story).
The parent, obviously.
Love love love this! Even if you don't have children, this little gem is worth a listen. Samuel L. Jackson as narrator.... need I say more?
Yes. I plan to buy the hard copy, too. Just to have around when I have kids.
The first time he says "Go the f--k to sleep"
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