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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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    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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    PH San Angelo, TX, United States 06-20-11
    PH San Angelo, TX, United States 06-20-11

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    "Samuel L Jackson is awesome"

    Funny book from a mr mom's perspective and big fan of SLJ. I highly recommend this for any parent.

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    Sheri 06-19-11
    Sheri 06-19-11 Member Since 2015
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    "A Parental Union Manual"

    I couldn't stop laughing outloud. It makes those desperate moments seem so "normal." Love it!

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    Steve 06-19-11
    Steve 06-19-11 Member Since 2014
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    "F@#$ing Hilarious!"

    I stumbled on this book at Barnes & Noble the other day and was in tears I was laughing so hard. After finding this Audio version with Samuel L. Jackson, I am again laughing my ass off! Perfect choice for narrator. The only other person who might be able to pull it off as well that I can think of is, MAYBE, Adam Sandler.

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    Amazon Customer Florissant, MO, United States 06-19-11
    Amazon Customer Florissant, MO, United States 06-19-11
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    "Classic!"

    There are few things that have EVER made me laugh that hard! I love Samuel L. Jackson a little more right now.... Hilarious!

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    Jennifer Manchester, NH, United States 06-19-11
    Jennifer Manchester, NH, United States 06-19-11
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    "F**ing awesome!"

    As a parent, I've thought this multiple times...in the past week. LOL If you have kids, you've though this. If you say you haven't, you're lying. ;) I can't think of a better narrator. Love this book - I'll be buying it as soon as it comes out.

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    Kimberly Macon, GA, United States 06-19-11
    Kimberly Macon, GA, United States 06-19-11
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    "Perfect"

    Every individual thing here is perfect, from the story to the expletives to Samuel L. Jackson's spot on narrating; all combined together, there really are no words to describe it.

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    Dave Lakeland, FL, United States 06-19-11
    Dave Lakeland, FL, United States 06-19-11
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    "Been There, (Almost) Said That"

    Every parent to ever set foot on a creaky board, slip on a loose carpet or rug, have a creaky joint which pops like a balloon, or makes a noise (imagined or real) which has awakened a light-sleeping child has had this brazen title flitter through our thoughts. How many times have I imagined turning slowly toward my crying daughter's bed, with a full days work a mere few hours (and draining through the hourglass just like Dorothy and the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz) away, and loudly protesting my side of the argument with something sounding just like the title? This is every parents bedtime story, for it's much too nasty for children. This is the language that gave us our "Buster, that's gonna cost you to eat soap" faces or "Awww... I'm telling mom on you" races wherein both parties are usually arriving at the same time, both yelling 100 words a minute only to get strapped/switched/belted/walloped for our troubles. One for telling, the other for saying it.
    With that said, listen to the book for what it is- an adult bedtime story which plucks a string of familiarity in our medley of parenthood. Someday I'm going to write a book entitled "I'm gonna put my foot in your ass" or "You deserve an ass-whoopin" or maybe the unwritten Great American Novel my dad could have written over and over again which goes by the title: "You keep it up and I'm going to take my belt off and wear your asses out." I just don't have the guts to actually go back to that dark, lonely door in my memory and stand there with the handle in my hand. I know what's on the other side of the door and his name is Mr. Pain.
    Enjoy the book- Samuel L. Jackson makes it that much better- but I cannot for the life of me get my vision of him reading this as he and Travolta are holding mammoth handguns and at anytime will blurt out: "What does Marcellus look like..." or "Say what again MotherF'er..." or his classic biblical quote before shoving a bullet up someone's much-needed bodypart. Enjoy~

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    Tammy Millet, Alberta, Canada 06-19-11
    Tammy Millet, Alberta, Canada 06-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "OMFG"

    Too funny and too true!! I think this was written just for Samuel L. Jackson to read, no one else could deliver!!

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    Gerri Downey, CA, United States 06-19-11
    Gerri Downey, CA, United States 06-19-11
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    "Amazing! Please Produce More Like It!"

    I do not have children, but I know the struggles of putting a child to sleep every night. That is usually the point where I give the child back to his mother. lol The read by Samuel Jackson is perfect!

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