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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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    Jennifer Newtown Square, PA, United States 03-20-12
    Jennifer Newtown Square, PA, United States 03-20-12
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    "So Flipping Funny!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Samuel L. Jackson seals the deal on this book - so funny!


    What other book might you compare Go the F--k to Sleep to and why?

    Any parenting book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the entire book was very funny


    If you could take any character from Go the F--k to Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Samuel L Jackson as the narrator was outstanding - he says what any parent that has tried to put their child to sleep is thinking!


    Any additional comments?

    overall just a good book to listen to

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    Amazon Customer Randolph, NJ, United States 03-05-12
    Amazon Customer Randolph, NJ, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A bedtime story for parents!"

    Surprisingly entertaining! Finally, a bedtime story for parents who've experienced that special child who just can't call it a day. Witty, sarcastic, and guiltily satisfying for that exasperated inner voice of the exhausted parents' desperate pleas for their children to please, please go the .... to sleep.

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    Dennis 03-01-12
    Dennis 03-01-12
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    "Deliciously Irreverent"

    If you are easily offended, be warned that the story is very sardonic in style. If you are easily irreverent in style, you'll love it.

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    Angela Delaware, OH, United States 02-29-12
    Angela Delaware, OH, United States 02-29-12
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    "Amusing Book, Excellent Read by Samuel L Jackson"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have recommended this book to my friends. It is amusing and hilarious for parents that have been through trying to get their kids to go to sleep.


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

    I do not care one way or another about the cover illustrations.


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

    I liked his personal experience at the beginning of the book and really like his voice. He makes this audible book what it is.


    Do you think Go the F--k to Sleep needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the point is made.


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    Shawn Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-23-12
    Shawn Virginia Beach, VA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Never has a narrator been better cast!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is absolutely hysterical! Samuel L. Jackson is the perfect narrator for this charming, funny, sweet, and profanity-laced ode to early parenthood.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like when Sam reads the passage about


    If you could rename Go the F--k to Sleep, what would you call it?

    F*cking Go to Sleep?


    Any additional comments?

    If you need a good laugh quickly, buy this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Tackett Marion, AR, United States 02-19-12
    Joshua Tackett Marion, AR, United States 02-19-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Well put"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Yes, hearing the tone in Jacksons voice brings out the illustration of the crap parents deal with.


    What other book might you compare Go the F--k to Sleep to and why?

    Its unique


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pure emotion


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

    I laughed out loud.


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    BeerBrewPro NJ 02-13-12
    BeerBrewPro NJ 02-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Truer words have never been spoken"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Go the F--k to Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I have read the book and I must say hearing Samuel Jackson read it made it all the more entertaining


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

    If you are a parent, this will bring back memories of how you felt...


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    Heather Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-11-12
    Heather Phoenix, AZ, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader/listener of romance, action, thrillers, and spy novels.

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    "F**king Hilarious"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Yes. It's theraputic for parents.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Characterization and inflection of the words. His reading of it is exactly the way that parents sound when we're exhausted and want our kids to SLEEP!


    If you could take any character from Go the F--k to Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The parents. We all need a night off.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the end with the uneaten popcorn. How many times has that happened? Too many to count.

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    Amazon Customer 02-07-12
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    "A good laugh"
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    This story really resembles the daily routine of parents with young children. Worth the money, it entertains!

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    Becky 02-05-12
    Becky 02-05-12
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    "Need to have a paper copy"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    To truly appreciate this, you really need the paper copy. The illustrations add to the story.


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