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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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    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
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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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    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.


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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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    Darkon IV 12-03-11
    Darkon IV 12-03-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Not for Children or Those that Can't Understand"

    Parents will secretly smile or may even openly accept the courageous and funny insight this tale has to offer. If you are easily offended and you have read this review this far -- STOP and pick another title -- there are over 90,000 other titles to enjoy.

    If you are still reading, regardless if you are single or married, have kids or not -- YOU WERE ONCE A KID YOURSELF and if you don't think that you at least once in your life caused this sentiment, regardless if this vulgar or not, in your parent's mind -- you truly are deluded. It doesn't matter if you were the Valedictorian or the kid from the other side of the tracks, you have either been the parent or the kid in this story and if you can't laugh at yourself, do you deserve to be able to laugh at anything? A welcome and refreshing casual quick break from the regimented expectations of society and authors.

    Samuel L. Jackson does a supreme job of delivering this story. Cadence, enunciation, inflection, and pitch all play in his performance to make this short story seem more than a prose and more like a heartfelt, compassionate, poem of struggled/tried love.

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    Amazon Customer 11-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Hilarious!"

    This had to have been read by the one and only Samuel L. Jackson. I don't know if he was born to read this, or if it was made for him to read.

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    Jeff Cary, NC, United States 11-29-11
    Jeff Cary, NC, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Read by the ideal actor for this story"

    Even if you don't have kids, you will find this funny. If you have a newborn like us, it's great.

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    Jeff H. 11-29-11
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    "Read by the ideal actor for this story"

    Even if you don't have kids, you will find this funny. If you have a newborn like us, it's great.

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