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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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    Kia King Newark, NJ, United States 01-19-12
    Kia King Newark, NJ, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hilariously Creative!"

    Nobody says it ("f--k") like samuel does! Profane, but it took away absolutely nothing from this audiobook.Two thumbs up!

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    WerewolfDad 01-18-12
    WerewolfDad 01-18-12 Member Since 2012

    I was a Sci-Fi Geek before Big Bang made it cool. Love Mysteries, Fantasy, Horror, Steampunk, and Mash-ups.

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    "Not for Kids but great for Adults!!!"

    The hear Samuel L Jackson read this is to funny. My wife and I could not stop laughing. As parents we could relate easily.

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    Dan Flossmoor, IL, United States 01-16-12
    Dan Flossmoor, IL, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny, but not a 5 star."
    What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    Samuel L. Jackson


    Any additional comments?

    Its hard to seriously rate a book with this title. Samuel L. Jackson obviously adds to the experience. Its hard to say this is a star book, although the guts to write such a book should get serious credit!

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    Billy LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-16-12
    Billy LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

    You probably shouldnt say it but, if you have kids you have at the very least thought the words, Go the F--k to Sleep. A short and funny story read by an excellent narrator. I would recommend it as a gift for every new parent out there.


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

    it made me laugh for a few days everytime i thought about it


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    Colby Omaha, NE, United States 01-14-12
    Colby Omaha, NE, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2016

    Married mother of three teenagers, back to work after 15 years at home - when I read a lot. Now I am the assistant to the Mayor of Omaha and work at least 60 hours a week, and on top of what I have to do at home - no more books. This lets me listen to the classics, the latest, whatever I want. I can learn or escape. I have always love audio books, but now I NEED them.

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    "The first book I have "read" to my kid in YEARS..."
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Watching my teenager laugh like she would have at a normal story ten years ago.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Samuel L. Jackson - sooooooo funny.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Near the end, I don't want to spoil a moment!


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

    The look on my husband's face when he walked in and heard what I was playing for our daughter...priceless.


    Any additional comments?

    I even played this at work, parents and non-parents alike LOVED it. Big hit!

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    Talia TULSA, OK, United States 01-12-12
    Talia TULSA, OK, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Samuel L. Jackson is a gem, the story is so-so"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Even though I realize it's meant to be humorous with the cursing and all, I would tone down the language just a touch.


    Would you recommend Go the F--k to Sleep to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would, because it is a humorous look at parenting.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings his unique voice and acting to the story and really communicates the narrator's exasperation with their child.


    Did Go the F--k to Sleep inspire you to do anything?

    No.


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    Anne Cumming 01-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Too long and stupid"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure


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

    The idea is clever, but goes on too long so it stops being funny very quickly.


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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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