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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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    Lyle Brown 09-03-12
    Lyle Brown 09-03-12

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    "Stupid, no storyline, and swearing. That's it."
    Would you try another book from Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) and/or Samuel L. Jackson?

    I doubt it. I don't know why he did this one. It was pointless.


    Has Go the F--k to Sleep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably


    What didn’t you like about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance?

    He was OK, but the whole effort was pointless.


    What character would you cut from Go the F--k to Sleep?

    The book itself.


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    Kari 08-20-12
    Kari 08-20-12
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    "Funny, disturbing"
    What would have made Go the F--k to Sleep better?

    More warning to be prepared for something Tarantino style telling fashion. Or to read the review before buying.


    Has Go the F--k to Sleep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't consider this a genre. It's a spoof and should have been advertised as such. It was funny but I do not talk to my kids like this.


    What didn’t you like about Samuel L. Jackson’s performance?

    I liked Samuel L. Jackson. It was purely his style and he has a wonderful voice. He could do a better story with his voice. I just didn't like this story. As a spoof, it works but not as anything else.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disturbance. We have all thought this way to our child but i have never talked to a small child like this and to hear a small child's story read like this...well, I deleted the book.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia A. Huffman 08-14-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Too many F-bombs for me"
    Would you try another book from Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) and/or Samuel L. Jackson?

    I wouldn't rule any of them out just because of this very short book.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) ???s story?

    I was expecting something clever and was extremely disappointed. Samuel Jackson did a great job but there were just way too many F bombs. Hopefully there aren't many parents that impatient with their child to bombard them with the F-word


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Rosemount, MN, United States 06-14-12
    Frank Rosemount, MN, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Nothing special"

    It could have been written by a tired high school babysitter. I guess what can you expect out of a 6 minute dissertation by Samuel L Jackson, who sounded like HE was ready to fall asleep reading it!! Don't waste your time or money.

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    John Lawrence 05-14-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure what I expected, but the book was very offensive. I should have known better.


    Has Go the F--k to Sleep turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    shock


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I should have known better. I thought it would be a spoof, not that raw.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grishma 1339 Beechwood Hills Ct NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 07-20-11
    Grishma 1339 Beechwood Hills Ct NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 07-20-11
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    "just okay"

    Its not rocket science.. just an okay book. I am a mother of a 10 month old so i can somewhat relate but it wasn't amusing to me.

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    Steve Waterloo, NE, United States 07-17-11
    Steve Waterloo, NE, United States 07-17-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Crude overwhelms the clever"

    This poem taps into angst that every parent has experienced and can relate to. Great subject with a lot of potential. Unfortunately, for me the non-stop F-bombs eventually became over the top and a distraction. This is a very short listen, but I was glad when it was over.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kimberly Fair Oaks, CA, United States 07-12-11
    kimberly Fair Oaks, CA, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "not worth the credit used"

    The concept is funny but the use of the F word was too much for a 6 minute "book"

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    Brian Rexburg, ID, United States 07-07-11
    Brian Rexburg, ID, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible"

    Don't download this book was horrible! I can see why they wanted to give it away for free. Not even worth the 6 minutes to listen.

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    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-07-11
    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Fun Idea, Just an Excuse to Swear"

    Maybe its because I don't have kids. Maybe its because I'm used to hearing people swear but this just wasn't all that good. While Samuel L. Jackson was fun in the book and the perfect person to read it, the story was actually quite boring. Then again at the cost of free and 6 minutes of your time at least you won't feel ripped off.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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