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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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    "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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    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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    This book made me laugh, until I realized it was only 6 minutes long. Be careful how you use your credits for this one.

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    What's not to love? My two daughters have babies, now. I plan to share this with them. One day, they'll look back on their sleepless nights and remember this reading.

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    "If you do not have an aversion to the F word"

    If you are not averse to hearing children addressed on this manner then you will find this story delightful. Samuel Jackson is an awesome reader.

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    This book, although replete, as it's title suggests, with foul language , is hysterical. More especially for me as I am a parent and understand bedtime. It literally left me rolling on the floor, laughing.

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    "I laughed until I cried."

    The author got it right when he hired Samuel L. Jackson to narrate this short story. I laughed until I cried.

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    Wessie Whiteland, IN, United States 11-07-11
    Wessie Whiteland, IN, United States 11-07-11
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    "AWESOME"

    quite possible the best thing I've listened to in a very long time. Samuel L. Jackson captures the tireless battle of parents versus children who just don't want to "Go the F--K to Sleep"

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    Paul Antioch, TN, United States 11-06-11
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    fantastic reading of a book that describes many a parents frustrations with the child who refuses to go to sleep

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    Troy United States 11-02-11
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    Too funny. Loved every second of it. I believe this would be a good subject for a short story.

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