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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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    Rhonda Columbia Falls, MT, United States 07-02-11
    Rhonda Columbia Falls, MT, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Disgusted"

    Rating -10 out of 5!!! downloaded this, not realizing what it was. It looks like just a cute kids book and it was free. I only listened to a shot piece and then realized what the true title was! I don't care if later on it may have been funny, the language is horrible, I'm not going to listen to that.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 06-19-11
    Amazon Customer United States 06-19-11
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    "Horrible Book"

    This is a horrible book. I would never recommend it to anyone. It is very sad that it has become a best seller on Amazon.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn studio city, CA, United States 06-17-11
    Carolyn studio city, CA, United States 06-17-11
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    "Get the F-- out of my Room"

    This is a funny premise but it is funny only one or two times. After a while I am not happy about it and wouldn't want a kid under a teen to listen too it. Even though they say words much worse than this at school. Anyway it just isn't funny like if CeeLoo did a whole album of songs with a chorus of F--k you! ALSO Samuel is not the one to read this book .... he may add to the uncomfortability of it as it drones on and on and all you hear are the curse words. Ok that's it I'm going the F--k to sleep now.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tomas Texas, United States 06-16-11
    Tomas Texas, United States 06-16-11
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    "Really?"

    I believed the hype, and was severely disappointed. Just Samuel L. Jackson swearing...nothing new about that. Just watch snakes on a plane or go to ebaums world and look at a soundboard if you want to hear that, otherwise this is pretty dumb...

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Eric wildwood, FL, United States 06-17-11
    Eric wildwood, FL, United States 06-17-11

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    "Worth the price(free)"

    Typically I love rye crass off beat humor, adding Samuel Jackson seemed to be a great idea for this. Unfortunately its just a cheap attempt at getting SLJ to say "go the fk to sleep" as often as possible.. I'm glad the download was free.. I was hoping for some sort of comedy. So if you are looking to hear Samuel L Jackson, repeatedly say MotherFkr, and go the fk to sleep, along with other random cursings, then this is for you. If you are looking for Humor, satire, or comedy genius you won't find it here.. Go ahead download it...if its still free, 6mins of "go the Fk to sleep" is about 5minutes too long..
    Enjoy.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    toyasu Chicago, IL, United States 06-16-11
    toyasu Chicago, IL, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book. Wrong choice of narrator."

    As the parent of a 3-year old and a 6-month old, I think this book is absolutely brilliant. As a regular person, I'm a big fan of Samuel L. Jackson. But I don't like them together and here's why. Jackson is too obvious a choice. He's too on the nose. And that's the problem. The juxtaposition is lost (well, just not as good). I think Mansbach's brilliant and hilarious words would be better served by a more normal, flatter read. Like, a Jack Handy type (SNL). I say, let the funny be funny without someone trying to add their own funny.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 07-11-11
    Ida Bloomington, IL, United States 07-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Over-rated and profane"

    I did not care for this story or the reading. It was not humorous or entertaining. It is an insult to parenting. I only downloaded it because it was free, featured a great movie star as a reader and it got great reviews. It was not what I expected. The title should have given me a hint, but a disclaimer or warning of the excessive use of the f-word would have given better guidance. I did not listen to the entire recording as it was painful to listen to. This one was quickly deleted from my device.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Denver, CO, United States 06-25-11
    Diane Denver, CO, United States 06-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Insulting and not funny"

    If humour was the intent here, this story fails miserably. I had heard that this is a knock-off of another children's story which is sweet and likely to help a child go to sleep - and so I ordered it (since it was free). I don't know who this might be written for, it certainly is not written for a child anyone cares aboutl!
    I would have given it Zero stars but you can't go that low - not worth it for free and even if they pay you to listen....

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Karen HAVRE DE GRACE, MD, United States 06-25-11
    Karen HAVRE DE GRACE, MD, United States 06-25-11
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    "Don't like it"

    Not worth the effort downloading it. I found myself amused at the title and book cover initially, then came to my senses and realized that the subject should stay taboo. It didn't help that the book just isn't funny.

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    Donna Forney, TX, United States 06-24-11
    Donna Forney, TX, United States 06-24-11 Member Since 2009
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    "I am ashamed that I listened to this"

    Terrible..This is what is wrong with our kids and our country today. Curse, abuse your children. That works!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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