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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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    JOseph Denison, TX, United States 07-15-11
    JOseph Denison, TX, United States 07-15-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Some insight into the source of audible reviews"

    Wow. I am not sure what to say except that, having read through many pages of 5-star reviews, I am suddenly beginning to get an inkling as to why I have had so much difficulty using audible customer reviews as the basis for screening books. I am about the furthest thing from being a prude that you will find, and yet, although this book wasn't offensive to me whatsoever, it was insultingly simple, mundane, predictable, inane, and simple minded. I am actually pleased to have listened to it and, more importantly, to have read through the many customer reviews written for it. If nothing else, it provided me with a real understanding of why I can't ever seem to find a correlation between my own likes and dislikes and those of other reviewers. At the risk of sounding sanctimonious, I will say that the average customer review being an almost perfect 5 stars seems to say alot about what I see as a deterioration in the overall level of substance (or lack thereof) in the entertainment industry as a whole these days. When a narration can earn a perfect 5 stars with nothing more than completely predicable Dr Seuss style rhymes, punctuated with the F bomb ever 4 stanzas, it is no wonder that I am findind it ever increasingly difficult to find a good read.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne Highland Village, TX, United States 12-20-14
    Daphne Highland Village, TX, United States 12-20-14
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    "You're going to f---ing love it!"

    Hysterical. Every friend of mine that has listened to this has laughed and cried. It is such a joy to realize you are not alone in the thoughts that run through your head at bedtime. Samuel Jackson is awesome as the narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bingwald 12-15-14
    Bingwald 12-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Samuel L. Jackson Killed It"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Of course I would listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again. It's the best bedtime story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 09-04-14
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2015

    I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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    "A f-n listen."

    This is an enjoyable book. It made me smile from the start. This is a correct match of story, humor and reader. I strongly recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Allen 08-03-14
    G. Allen 08-03-14 Member Since 2013

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    "This is what every parent WANTS to say"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Over and over and over! It's exactly what every parent wants to tell their child when trying to get them to sleep. It's hilarious.


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

    I can't think of another book that would even come close to comparing to Go the F--k to Sleep. It's in a class all by itself.


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

    It's Samuel L Jackson, what's not to like? He does such a fantastic job of portraying the desperation a parent feels in trying to get their kids to go to sleep. You know right away that he's been in this situation and understands what other parents feel.


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

    A Parent's Bedtime Story


    Any additional comments?

    Love it!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip 07-30-14
    Phillip 07-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I went to fucking sleep"
    Where does Go the F--k to Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere between 12 and blueberry.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It put me the fuck to sleep.


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had no idea who Samuel L. Jackson was until this book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Go the F--k to Sleep and why?

    The tiger.


    Any additional comments?

    It puts you to fucking sleep!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Gaiser 06-24-14
    Joy Gaiser 06-24-14

    butterfly guru!

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    "Don't bother!"
    Would you try another book from Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration) and/or Samuel L. Jackson?

    No- I hated everything about it. I loved my kids, and I thought it was just going to be funny, but it was offensive.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was free.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Watson 06-19-14
    Dawn Watson 06-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "True thoughts of parents"
    What made the experience of listening to Go the F--k to Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Helping raise my granddaughter and bedtime being an on going battle, this story sit right at home.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Dad's pains of putting the little girl to sleep were so honest.


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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

    Laughed out loud at the honesty of the father's feelings.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for children but perfect for sleep deprived parents or grandparents!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thriller Fan 06-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Go The F**k To Sleep"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Definitely! Funny little bedtime story for adults who have ever had children. Or anyone who loves Samuel L. Jackson's voice!


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

    It's one of a kind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book (story).


    Who was the most memorable character of Go the F--k to Sleep and why?

    The parent, obviously.


    Any additional comments?

    Love love love this! Even if you don't have children, this little gem is worth a listen. Samuel L. Jackson as narrator.... need I say more?

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    Korie K 03-23-14
    Korie K 03-23-14

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    "Listen to this F--king book already!"
    Would you listen to Go the F--k to Sleep again? Why?

    Yes. I plan to buy the hard copy, too. Just to have around when I have kids.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Go the F--k to Sleep?

    The first time he says "Go the f--k to sleep"


    Have you listened to any of Samuel L. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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